Location: Gainesville, Georgia
The Gainesville, Georgia tornado was part of the Tupelo-Gainesville tornado outbreak that occurred on April 5-6, 1936. On April 6, 1936, two tornadoes merged and hit downtown Gainesville, Georgia at about 8:30 AM. The Cooper Pants Factory collapsed and caught fire, killing at least 70 workers. Newman's Department Store also collapsed, killing 20 people. The tornado destroyed 750 homes and left 254 more badly damaged. The final death toll is uncertain, but some sources after the storm said at least 203 people lost their lives that day.
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