A tornado was in progress early Monday afternoon just south of Valdosta, Georgia, and reports of injuries and structural damage followed shortly after. The damaging storm struck without advance warning on a day when forecasters weren't expecting any severe weather.
Tuesday afternoon, the National Weather Service confirmed it was an EF2 tornado that touched down, staying on the ground for 0.8 miles. It was the first tornado to directly affect the city of Valdosta since 1997, the NWS added.
Several buildings were damaged at the Langdale Industries wood yard, south of downtown Valdosta and east of Interstate 75, according to ValdostaToday.com.
An unknown number of employees were reportedly trapped under the debris, according to the Valdosta Daily Times. Nine people were injured during the storm, the NWS report added. WALB-TV reported all trapped employees were freed within an hour of the tornado's touchdown.