Paulding residents can now officially say a tornado was responsible for at least Friday night and early Saturday.
MaryAnn Phipps, coordinator and public information officer for Paulding County Fire/Rescue and Emergency Management Agency, told Dallas-Hiram Patch Sunday afternoon that the National Weather Service had confirmed that a category 3 tornado had struck Paulding. But Phipps said local officials are working with the NWS to determine how many touchdowns there were.
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The number of structures affected by the severe weather had risen to 161 as of late Sunday afternoon, based on county officials’ assessment of the northwest corner of the county—the hardest hit by the severe weather. Of that total, 93 sustained what was deemed minor damage, while 58 sustained moderate damage and 10 structures major damage.
“There were probably more with slight damage, but these numbers are from an assessment we did in the NW corner of the county,” Phipps said.
The totals do not include damage to two major facilities in the county. The Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport after sustaining damage to the terminal building and a hangar. Poole Elementary also , but school district officials Sunday reported that , with affected classes relocating to empty classrooms.