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Tornado Rips Through Park

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

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On the morning of Saturday, April 15th, an F1 tornado with winds up to 112 mph touched down and traversed the park from boundary to boundary near Cheatham Hill. About 500 trees were uprooted or snapped off along the tornado's path. Fifty trees fell across Cheatham Hill Drive, blocking access to the parking facility and trailheads near the Illinois Monument at the center of the park and to the Cobb County Youth Museum adjacent to the park. Some of these trees were 150 years old and more than three feet in diameter. Historic earthworks at Cheatham Hill sustained substantial damage from uprooted trees, and about 200 feet of split rail fence protecting the earthworks were destroyed. Dozens of trees blocked park trails, including the horse trailer parking lot and trailhead. The park had to hire a professional tree service to remove 13 large trees that were partially uprooted just inside the park's east boundary and threatened several homes in the adjacent Battleview subdivision. A large tree knocked out a traffic signal and completely blocked Dallas Highway at its intersection with John Ward Road within the park, requiring rangers to work overtime hours to manage and redirect traffic until the intersection could be restored. For a newspaper story on the tornado, click on "More Information" below.



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