Willis said the tornado traveled four miles and lasted seven minutes. It has been classified as an EF-1 in strength — lowest on a scale that ranges to EF-5. Willis said the twister recorded a top wind speed of 105 mph and caused tree damage.
Willis said damage was reported at 17 homes and was attributed mostly to fall-ing trees. Authorities said a falling tree trapped a Lumpkin County woman in her basement. Georgia Power officials said 475 customers were without service Friday morning, down from about 4,000 Thursday night.