Justin Thompson, Fulton County Emergency Management Agency director, said storm damage Friday night, June 18, in the area of Co. Rds. D and 25 was from straight-line winds.
“It maybe spun a little bit. There was a possible funnel cloud,” he said.
But don’t tell that to Scott Short and his 13-year-old daughter, Meridith.
Short lives on Co. Rd. E, between Co. Rds. 25 and 26. To the south of Scott’s house is a pond, owned by his father, Paul.
The family had recently built a new building at the pond.
Like A Dust Storm
“We (he and Meridith) were at Dad’s pond house, and we saw this thing that looked like a dust storm. It went behind my house. I watched a 30-inch tree trunk snap right off,” he said.
He also watched the tornado take down about a dozen pine trees, all with trunk diameters of 10 to 12 inches.
There’s no doubt in Short’s mind it was a tornado.
“We saw swirling debris. We didn’t see the gray shape you see in pictures, but it was definitely circular,” he said.
The county tornado warning sirens sounded at 8:50 pm. Short said he and his daughter spotted the tornado soon after that.
Thompson said utility poles were knocked down, cutting power to some Toledo Edison customers. He said power was out for no more than two hours.
In a related matter, Thompson said the initial recovery from the June 5 tornado that hit southeast Fulton County has concluded, and a long-term recovery effort has begun.
A recovery committee, which includes the Fulton County United Way, Fulton County Red Cross, and Salvation Army, has been formed.
He said if special needs crop up, the committee will look at the resources available between member organizations.