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Clermont in Hall County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

March 1998 Tornado

 
 
March 1998 Tornado Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, May 11, 2021
1. March 1998 Tornado Marker
Inscription.  
Dedicated
to the
memory
of those who
lost their life
in the
Tornado
March 1998

Austin W. Simerly • Tonja R. Simerly • Calvin Little Jr. • Bobbie Sue Hoenie • Ronald Underwood • Danny Lee Barham • Ray Edward Foster Jr. • E. Whitney Strickland • John Perry Stapp • Joseph Lee Boring • Matthew Steven Boring • Hayley Michelle Wilson • Jesse McLendon

This community will never forget you.
Because to live in our hearts
is to truly never die.

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Disasters. A significant historical date for this entry is March 20, 1998.
 
Location. 34° 28.626′ N, 83° 46.416′ W. Marker is in Clermont, Georgia, in Hall County. Marker is on Main Street (Georgia Route 284) just south of King Street (Georgia Route 283), on the right when traveling south. Marker is located beside the flagpole in a small memorial plaza on the east side of Clay E. Gailey Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Clermont GA 30527, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Clermont War Memorial (here, next to this marker); Concord Academy / Chattahoochee High School / Clermont School House
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(approx. 0.6 miles away); Mossy Creek and Rock Springs Campgrounds (approx. 3.9 miles away); Cleveland (approx. 8.3 miles away); White County (approx. 8.3 miles away); Old White County Courthouse (approx. 8.3 miles away); Mustering Grounds (approx. 8.3 miles away); White County's Gold (approx. 8.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clermont.
 
Also see . . .
1. Tornadoes Kill 11 in Georgia, 2 in N.C.
A tornado ripped apart homes and an empty elementary school as it cut a 10-mile swath through northeast Georgia, killing at least 11 people and injuring 80. The Georgia tornado hit without warning amid powerful thunderstorms about 50 miles north of Atlanta. Meteorologists said they had no warning a tornado was on its way. Gov. Zell Miller declared a state of emergency in Dawson, Hall, White, Habersham and Rabun counties. He also called up 100 National Guard personnel to search for possible missing people and to help prevent looting. President Clinton granted federal disaster relief within hours and later sent condolences to the victims’ families.
March 1998 Tornado Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, May 11, 2021
2. March 1998 Tornado Marker
(looking northeast • Main Street in background)
(Submitted on January 28, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Clermont remembers March 20, 1998, tornado.
The tornado, which ended up causing $13.5 million in damages in Hall and White counties, with winds whipping up to 206 mph, pummeled Lanier Elementary School off Thompson Bridge Road in North Hall before hitting North Hall High. The storm ripped apart the career technology wing, leveled a greenhouse attached to the school and demolished several trailers used for classrooms. It also struck a trailer belonging to Calvin and Barbara Little.
(Submitted on January 28, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. The Tornado of March 20, 1998 in Clermont, Georgia. (Raw footage of the devastation caused by this tornado.) (Submitted on January 28, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
March 1998 Tornado Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, May 11, 2021
3. March 1998 Tornado Marker
(marker is at center of small, fenced memorial plaza)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 28, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 28, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 270 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 28, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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