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July 01, 1739

Tornado Recorded in Journal

William Stephens recorded in his journal about a sudden onset of some violent weather:

“…About Noon happened a most violent Tornado, with such a Gust of Wind and Rain, as we had scarcely seen the like, holding for about Half an Hour; in which Time several of the Huts and weaker Buildings about Town were blown down, and even the strongest shook, so that we were apprehensive of much Mischief; and there was Reason to fear, that we should find a great deal of the strongest Corn blown down.”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 364.