Late on Sunday evening the National Weather Service verified that the storm that went through DeKalb County, Alabama and Chattooga County, Georgia on Sunday morning was a F1 tornado.
The storm was one of many that blew across the South from Mississippi to Georgia over the weekend. Officials in DeKalb County, Alabama said that the storm caused damage in Geraldine, Ft. Payne and Mentone. A mobile home park in Mentone received a good bit of damage and several homes received some damage. Highway 117 coming into Chattooga County from Mentone was closed for about 9 hours on Sunday morning as Sand Mtn. Electric Co-Op workers untangled lines and cleared debris between the Mentone Church of God and Little River Bridge at Whatley’s Curve. Trooper Fuller with the Alabama State Troopers told AM 1180 on Sunday morning that there were no injuries reported in DeKalb County.
In Chattooga County the storm made a path from the stateline to Teloga and into the Centerpost area of Walker County. At 12:36 AM on Sunday morning Chattooga County EMA Director Eddie Henderson alerted AM 1180 about the approaching storms. The tornado crossed the stateline around 12:43 AM and travelled a path up Stateline Road to Gilreath Mill Road and then up Highway 157. All three roads were closed for a few hours on Sunday morning.
AM 1180 was on the scene along with Chattooga County Commissioner Jason Winters and Public Works Director Lamar Canada at Cloudland. The storm travelled through the Harrisburg and York Road areas of Teloga causing damage to houses and outbuildings. Also it was reported that there was some damage at the airstrip located off Harrisburg Road.
Residents in Teloga and Cloudland were without power as Georgia Power and NGEMC worked to restore service. As of late yesterday evening some residents were still without power. There were no injuries reported in Chattooga County as a result of the storm.