Hagan, GA Tornado, Oct 1893


Houses Torn Down, a Boy Killed and Several Injured.


A Wild Storm Darts Down on a Tattnall County Village and Leaves Ruin and Debris in Its Path.

Savannah, Ga., October 3.--(Special)--A destructive tornado swept through Tattnall county this afternoon about 2:30 o’clock. It came from the southwest and moved towards the northeast, almost entirely demolishing the little town of Hagan which was directly in its path. The storm was heard in the distance some five minutes before it struck Hagan and it came up with a rumbling sound followed by torrents of rain. It cut a path about 150 yards wide through the town and throughout the woods where it passed, and left nothing but devastation and ruin behind.

The only fatality as yet reported as a result of the storm was the killing of the little son of Mr. W. F. Barnett whose home was one of the first to fall beneath the mad wind. Mr. Barnett is a turpentine operator at Hagan, which is in Tattnall county on the Savannah and Western road about fifty-five miles from here.

Although notice was given a few minutes before the approach of the storm by the rumbling sound which preceded it, the warning was not heeded or it was not recognized, and this resulted in Mr. Barnett’s son being caught in the house at the time the tornado struck it. The house was completely demolished as if the work had been done by an earthquake and the little fellow was buried beneath the ruins.

Others injured.

M. J. Stubbs, a merchant of Hagan, had his arm broken by a falling timber and half a dozen others sustained various bruises and hurts. Besides Mr. Barnett’s house, the two-story house of Mr. George R. Harden was completely demolished, nothing being left of it but the debris, which was scattered for a hundred yards or more.

A two-story brick store belonging to J. H. Pinholster had the top story blown entirely off, leaving the lower story intact. Several bales of cotton which were standing on the platform of the warehouse were carried a distance of 200 yards. The warehouse, which was just on the edge of the tornado, was not damaged at all.

Took a Bee Line.

The path of the tornado was an even and symmetrical one. Buildings on either side of the track were not damaged at all. Coming in the direction that it did, it got in its work on the larger part of the little town and continued its course in a northeastern direction. Its path in the direction from which it came was followed by some of the citizens of the place and they found that it had struck the earth only about a quarter of a mile to the southwest of Hagan.

The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, GA 4 Oct 1893

The Damage in Georgia.

Savannah, Ga., Special, 4th

I have just seen a number of turpentine operators who are here attending a convention. They report terrible damage to many villages and farm houses in Liberty and Tatnall counties by the fearful tornado on that section yesterday. It was one of the severest storms ever experienced in southern Georgia. The town of Hagan, in Tatnall county, was entirely destroyed. Houses, barns and fences were destroyed in both counties. Several deaths were caused by falling houses in Tatnall county.

Nine houses were demolished in Hagan. GEORGE BARNIK, a lad was killed in the wreck of his father’s house. Bales of cotton were blown two hundred yards from the railroad station platform. The storm was preceded for five minutes by a rumbling sound.

The Landmark, Statesville, NC 12 Oct 1893