Tornado in Vaughn Georgia. It’s sobering when a town disappears overnight.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Richard Weisser Realty

Tornado in Vaughn Georgia.A few days ago I wrote about narrowly escaping a tornado in Coweta County Georgia. We were fortunate to come away unscathed.

Unfortunately, some communities in neighboring Spalding County did not fare so well. Reports of the damage there was not highlighted on many newscasts because the devastation in larger towns seized the headlines.

Vaughn Georgia was hit hard and fast, and now lies in ruin. The cleanup has commenced, but the destruction is so widespread and pervasive that it may be years before the area recovers.

I took some photographs because there is a story that needs to be told. But it was distressing to see so many good people hurting so much as their lives changed literally overnight.

Sadly, two lives were lost. I offer my heartfelt condolences to the families.

But it could have been worse. So much worse.

Vaughn Georgia Tornado.

Vaughn GA Tornado.


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Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

Truly a scary thing. People actually walk away "shell shocked" from stuff like this!

May 01, 2011 02:35 PM #4
Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate

Hi Richard, This is hard to see and so very sad for all that have lost their homes and family. My heart goes out to each of them. Very sobering pictures for sure.

May 01, 2011 02:59 PM #5
Nina Rogoff
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Medfield, MA
Sells Real Estate!

The devastation is so complete that it's really difficult to comprehend. My heart goes out to the people who have suffered these losses. I have seen 4 tornados in my life...all 4 times in the Northeast. It was very frightening. I cannot imagine what it is like to live in parts of this country where that is part of the weather expectations.

May 01, 2011 03:30 PM #6
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

I have been just a tad to close to a tornado or two and they are scary.  You're right, it could have been worse but it is terrible as it is.

May 01, 2011 03:40 PM #7
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Richard,

Your pictures are worth a thousand words! Such devastation! My prayers are with all these folks.

May 01, 2011 04:29 PM #8
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

this was tough to look at richard, especially when your next blog post below it had such lovely photos...thank you for focusing on a place that didn't "make the news", but still DID thanks to you.

May 01, 2011 04:31 PM #9
Jackie Connelly-Fornuff
Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY - Babylon, NY
"Moving at The Speed of YOU!"

Hi Richard, unfortunately the smaller towns are overlooked which is not right. It's hard to see all this devastation on the news.

May 01, 2011 06:27 PM #10
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Richard, Every now and then we get reminded just how puny we are.  When Mother Nature brings out the big guns, they'res nothing we can do to stop it.  Thankful that the loss here was as limited as it was, although devastating for the involved families.

May 01, 2011 11:15 PM #11
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Very sad Richard.  I hope those folks recover quickly and get the assistance they need to move their lives forward.

May 02, 2011 12:32 AM #12
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional

Of course, you can't help but feel guilty ... why was it them instead of us? We are reminded that bad things can happen to good people, and it's a very hard lesson.

May 02, 2011 12:46 AM #13
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

I told someone a few days ago this" Bad week? If you were not in Alabama and the rest of the areas who got walloped by tornadoes, you did not have a bad week!" 

May 02, 2011 01:00 AM #14
Gina Nugent
Donohue RE - Palm Beach, FL
Real Estate Agent - Palm Beach, FL

I lived through Wilma, the hurricane that struck Palm Beach in fall 2005. We could prepare for days, put shutters on our homes get ready for it. Tournados are just the worst since they come without any warning. The pain these poor people feel must be unbearable. My heart goes out to them.

May 02, 2011 01:20 AM #15
April Hayden-Munson
Brookfield, WI
Brookfield Wisconsin Real Estate

Richard, Mother Nature is certainly amazing!  In such a short time the amount of devastation and lives upturned is scary!

May 02, 2011 01:27 AM #16
Paula McDonald, Ph.D.
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

My prayers are with everyone affected.  Those are powerful and sobering pictures.

May 02, 2011 01:31 AM #17
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional

I am attempting to get the word out to as many organizations as possible. These people need HELP!

May 03, 2011 02:54 PM #18
Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

I just finally connected with one of my clients in Woodville AL. Your post and efforts to tell these stories is giving me some ideas. Imagine what could happen if every one of our AR groups adopted one of these communities to get help by getting the word out. Thank you!

May 04, 2011 01:41 AM #19
Margie Kopp Sorrell
Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty and Lake Country - Greensboro, GA
Lake Oconee Real Estate

Richard- it's been so terrible to see the distruction the storms brought to our great state. Fortunate to have escaped any damage here in my town but a mere ten miles from where I live they were not so lucky. I'm so thankful for our safety and continue to remember those rebuilding.

May 04, 2011 03:22 AM #20
June Tassillo
Owner/Broker RE/MAX Elite Realty - Franklin, NC
Let me help you with the next phase of your life!

Richard ~ Kudo's to you for getting the word out in a towns time of need.  Thanks for the photos.

May 04, 2011 07:48 AM #21
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Richard, horrible, simply horrible. I would be sitting, weeping on the side of the road to see such destruction. We are no match for mother nature. The ramifications to those who are affected is unfathomable.

May 05, 2011 12:49 AM #22
Michael Delaware
North Sky Realty LLC - Battle Creek, MI

The forces of nature can be tremendous.  I really feel for those people.  What a horrible tragedy. 

May 05, 2011 04:10 AM #23
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