Warner Robins Tornadoes

A series of tornadoes in Peach, Houstoun, Marion, Twiggs and Bibb Counties left 310 people injured, 20 people dead (some sources say 19) and more than 15 million dollars in property damage, including heavy damage to Warner-Robbins Air Force Base

The city was originally named Wellston, which was little more than a train stop for local farmers. During World War II, in order to secure a military base, it was renamed after General Augustine Warner Robins. It was founded in the early 1940s and survived a direct strike from an F4 tornado in April 1953, the first tornado to ever be caught on film.

On 4/30/1953, a category 4 tornado 41.5 miles away from the city center killed 18 people and injured 300 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Jeffersonville and Warner Robbins, GA were hit by an F4 tornado. Warner Robbins Air Force Base was severely damaged. 19 people were killed, 300 others injured and total damage was estimated at $15 million dollars.