Tornados hit Athens County

A tornado hit Athens County Thursday evening, apparently the last time this has happened was the early 1900’s. It makes sense, the topography of the area doesn’t really lend itself to favorable tornado conditions. Officials said that anywhere between 4-6 tornados touched down Thursday evening. Nelsonville got hit, as did the end of E. State Street, but The Plains got the worst of it. The devastation was massive but amazingly, no one was killed. Below are a selection of photographs from the night of the storm and the morning after. The community really pulled together and for the cleanup effort and to help each other out, which was awesome to see. I don’t have pictures of it, but one man told me that someone’s garage (he didn’t know whose) landed in-tact in his field. On another note, this was my first week as the photo editor for The Athens NEWS. Pretty exciting first week.


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