Macon, GA Tornado, Feb 1885
MACON, Ga., Feb. 9.---This morning about 6 o'clock dark clouds were seen passing near the outskirts of the city. They were accompanied by rain, lightning, and thunder, and had a threatening appearance. Late in the day Mr. John McGee, living in Rutland District, reported that a cyclone had passed over his plantation and also over that of his neighbor, Mr. Richard Barfield. It was funnel-shaped and was accompanied with a roaring sound; it struck the gin house of Mr. Barfield and laid it waste with other buildings. The cyclone did much damage to houses and crops; no lives are reported lost.
The New York Times, New York, NY 10 Feb 1885