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Monday, December 26, 2011 - 6:15am

Weather Office Sees 3rd-Highest Tornado Total

Three tornadoes that hit north Georgia last week, bring the total tracked by the National Weather Service office in Peachtree City to 29. That’s the third highest number of tornadoes tracked by office south of Atlanta.

The office covers 96 counties in north and central Georgia, including metro Atlanta. It also includes northwest Georgia, where several tornadoes have struck this year.

The most recent tornadoes struck Thursday evening in the north Georgia counties of Bartow, Coweta, Floyd and Gordon. Those twisters caused some minor injuries to residents, but no deaths were reported.

The strongest tornado began in Floyd County, and strengthened over Gordon County. Authorities said it strengthened again near Calhoun, where it demolished a home. In Rome, high winds tore the roof off a building at Shorter University.

The highest number of tornadoes for the Peachtree City forecast area was in 2008, when 38 tornadoes were recorded.