Before sweeping across Georgia, causing residents to suffer property damage and destruction from a tornado, the same storm pounded North and East Texas with hail and damaging winds. Thunderstorms swept across Dallas and other parts of Texas on January 29, 2013, causing downed trees and roof damage to many homes throughout Morris, Harrison, Rusk, Gregg, and Cass counties.
Additionally, some commercial property damage occurred. For example, a Wal-Mart in Palestine, about 100 miles southeast of Dallas, suffered roof damage when the strong winds peeled back part of the warehouse’s roof. Powerful straight-line winds also damaged the roof and windows of a church in the same city.
The storm continued to build overnight and tore through Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Indiana. This weather system was approximately 1,000 miles in length and spurred a tornado in Georgia.
In Bartow and Gordon County, trees and even homes were left in rubble as the twister tore through Georgia and ravaged Adairsville, Farmville, and Sonoraville. According to the preliminary reports, the following damages occurred:
- Ninety-five structures were damaged in Bartow County including damage to a water treatment plant.
- Two hundred fifty structures sustained damage in Gordon County including residential and commercial buildings.
Sadly, this weather system caused major property damage, personal injuries, and even deaths.
The fierce storm will lead to many commercial and residential insurance claims for property damage. Some of the damages included roof damage, siding damage, fence damage, house destruction, and other property damages.