According to Datarecovery.com, an F3 tornado is a "severe tornado" involving 158-206 mph winds. The site also stated tornadoes can range from F0 to F6.
The storm left a portion of Boone Ford Road for most of weekend after it ripped through the Sonoraville area and demolished at least one house in its path at the corner of Beason Road and Boone Ford Road. The four people inside the home at the time of tornado came out with only scratches.
Gordon County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Robert Paris said Sonoraville, Farmville, Plainview, Talking Rock and Gardner Springs communities all experienced damage. Paris said no fatalities or major injuries have been reported.
Mellows Bridge Road, Taylor Ridge Road and Shaw Road also had barns and roofs missing from homes.
North Georgia EMC said 3,000 were left without power Thursday and more than 300 people had no electricity Thursday morning.
"Crews were working through the night to restore power to as many customers as possible by way of an alternate feed from another substation circuit," said a report from North Georgia EMC. At least 7 poles are confirmed broken and lines are down in a number of locations."
Paris said strong winds knocked over a damaged pole on Beason Road Sunday night and left many people in the area without power again.
County officials at the Gordon County public safety joint command operations center declared a 10 p.m. curfew Thursday night, asking residents to stay at home until 7 a.m. this morning.
Public safety officials remained on scene midmorning Friday directing traffic at the intersection of Campbell and Boone Ford Roads while workers repaired damaged power lines in the area.
According to North Georgia EMC, about 3,000 customers in Gordon County were without power after the storms Thursday night.
Local residents, Nina Dixson and her two daughters, 9 and 12, were traveling down Boone Ford Road when the storm hit.
"I was coming off of Owens Chapel Road and the rain started to pick up more and all of the sudden I couldn't see at all," Dixson said. "Everything was black."
She said a tree then fell in front of the black Chevy Tahoe she was driving.
"It fell, so I put it (the Tahoe) in reverse and backed up a little bit, but I could feel the Tahoe moving a little bit," she recalled.
"The girls were screaming and I said to them 'we're OK, we're OK.'"
Dixson said she wasn't sure of what she could do or couldn't do, so she continued to drive a little further down the road and stopped the vehicle once she discovered power lines were down around her.
"I didn't realize it was a tornado at the time," she said, "but it had to be."
Dixson said she was only a mile and half away from her home when the storm hit.
Witness Anne Kelley was at her home when the storm came through the Boone Ford Road area. Although she said her house was spared, her brother's, Regan Stone, home was not.
The right side of Stone's home suffered the most damaged with shingles and siding now missing from the home. His front porch also collapsed.
Kelley, who lives within walking distance from her brother's home, said the storm sounded like a loud whistling train and only lasted for a couple of minutes.
"Everything went black," she said.
Check back for further updates on storm cleanup.