Around 11:12 a.m. Jan. 30, an EF-3 tornado cut a path through the heart of Adairsville damaging 95 homes and businesses, completely destroying 31.
According to the National Weather Service, winds reached 160 miles per hour and the tornado spanned 22 miles long and 900 yards wide.
Bartow County Coroner Joel Guyton confirmed that 51-year-old Anthony Raines was killed when a tree fell on his Cass Street mobile home.
Cartersville Medical Center said in a statement that two of the injured were transported to their facility and treated for minor head injuries.
Portions of US 41 and Ga. Hwy 140 were shut down as emergency crews worked to clear fallen trees and debris from roadways.
Bartow County Emergency Management Agency Director Craig Millsap said the damage was extensive.
“It’s one of those things that’s surreal,” Millsap said.
“These are my friends and neighbors and it really drives home how devastating this is. It’s not a good situation.”
Millsap said the storm’s impact was different from the storm that struck Bartow in April 2011.
“The difference between this storm and the last storm is that this hit a concentrated area,” Millsap said.
Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said the storm caused and estimated $75 million in insured damages in Bartow and Gordon counties.
“That figure will rise as new claims are reported,” Hudgens said in a statement.
“Damage to the Daiki Corporation manufacturing plant in Adairsville was quite extensive.”
Millsap said those affected by the storm should be aware that federal aid for victims will more than likely not be available.
“This is not going to be a presidential declaration,” Millsap said.
“Those are really high thresholds to meet. It’s not what people expect. It’s an unfortunate thing for us because it was an isolated storm and we’re not getting those high numbers that in the past storm included a larger affected area.”
Bartow County Commissioner Steve Taylor said the county has committed resources to help Adairsville in the storm’s aftermath.
Taylor said public works crews from the county have been and will continue to work with Adairsville’s public works crews to clear right of ways and help with infrastructure repairs.
“The county will continue to help the city of Adairsville with clean up and the repair of some infrastructure,” Taylor said. “We will be there to help them get back on their feet.”