Effects of the Tornado on Residential Areas
The tornado devastated some residential areas of Gainesville, especially on the eastern side of the city. According to a Red Cross report, more than 500 homes were destroyed and nearly 750 were damaged. However, it is unclear whether these numbers included African American homes because newspapers often did not report news from the African American community.
The long pan in film clip torn049 depicts a heavily damaged residential area in which many houses were completely obliterated. Toward the end of the pan, a few walls remain in the foreground, while intact houses can be seen in the distance – illustrating that a tornado can obliterate one area yet leave an adjacent area almost unaffected.
Vanishing Georgia image hal124 reveals extensive debris from demolished houses, while in the background a few houses remain erect despite having sustained considerable damage.
A heavily damaged home, and another completely demolished, demonstrate the destructive power of the tornado in image hchp142 of the Hall County Historical Photograph Collection.
The short pan in film clip torn050 documents another type of tornado damage sustained by residential areas. Here we see several houses in which floors and walls – and even porches – have been left standing while the roofs have disappeared.
A man stands beside piles of rubble amidst the ruins of a house in Vanishing Georgia image hal126. Only a few partial walls and floors were able to withstand the tornado strike.
A man searches through damaged furniture in a devastated house depicted in Hall County Historical Photograph Collection image hchp0164. People whose houses and furnishings were destroyed by the tornado often lost family keepsakes and mementoes as well.
In this close-up footage from film clip torn052, people examine a heavily damaged frame house. Note the twisted and splintered wreckage, with damaged components pointing haphazardly in different directions.
Vanishing Georgia image hal206 depicts a house that leans at a precarious tilt after having apparently been moved from its foundation. The roof is missing and the windows have blown out.
The home of H.H. Perry, shown in Hall County Historical Photograph Collection image hchp0103, seems to have survived the tornado amazingly intact, but note the toppled tree, the upended automobile, and other debris in the yard.