Derecho brings 85 mph peak wind gusts on Saturday morning, July 21st
Between 2AM and 8AM EDT last Saturday morning, a derecho caused a significant amount of wind damage, along with localized flash flooding due to torrential rainfall, and extremely intense cloud to ground lightning.
A derecho is a widespread, long-lived wind storm that is associated with a band of rapidly moving showers or thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service.
The National Weather Service Peachtree City office has been working with local and county emergency management officials to determine the magnitude of damage in Gilmer county from last weekend.
The National Weather Service estimates the wind storm was a derecho that brought peak wind gusts of 85 mph to Murray county between and South Main Street in Ellijay.
The width of the derecho damage was estimated 5 miles long and 3 miles wide, occurring between the hours of 3:10 AM EDT and 3:25 AM EDT.
Multiple reports of power lines/poles down, and trees along with several homes damaged due to falling large trees.
The National Weather Service includes, systems like this, can also produce brief EF-0 tornadoes, with broader scale wind damage.