Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS
NOUS42 KTAE 072152
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TALLAHASSEE FL
552 PM EDT THU APR 7 2016
...NWS Damage Survey Results For April 7th Tornado Event in
Calhoun County, Georgia - Update #2...
.UPDATE...The statement on the damage survey has been revised to
reflect a slightly longer damage path. Because of these changes,
and the beginning point slightly further west, the tornado also
affected a very small portion of southwest Randolph and eastern
Clay County, in addition to the majority of the track in Calhoun
County. The most current information we have is that five injuries
occurred as a result of the tornado, but that is not a finalized
number and it is subject to change pending more information. The
narrative below has been modified slightly for more detail. Most
of the other information is the same as was reported in the
.OVERVIEW...The following are preliminary statistics for the
Calhoun County tornado as surveyed by the National Weather
Service in Tallahassee.
.Calhoun County, Georgia EF-2 Tornado...
Estimated Peak Wind: 130 mph
Path Length /statute/: 15.9 miles
Path Width /maximum/: 250 yards
Injuries: 5* (preliminary, number may change)
Start Date: 04/07/2016
Start Time: 2:40 AM EDT
Start Location: 2 N Bellville / Randolph County / GA
Start Lat/Lon: 31.6221 / -84.8895
End Date: 04/07/2016
End Time: 3:05 AM EDT
End Location: 2 ENE Dickey / Calhoun County / GA
End Lat/Lon: 31.5646 / -84.6296
SUMMARY: The combination of dual-polarization radar data and
the damage survey show that the tornado initially touched down
very close to the Clay/Randolph County line west of US Highway 27.
The tornado then continued on a continuous path for nearly 16 miles
across much of northwestern Calhoun County.
Initial damage northwest of Edison, GA in northwestern Calhoun
County was largely limited to downed or snapped trees. As the
tornado neared Georgia Highway 216, there was an area of more
concentrated damage along Magnolia Road. Two single wide mobile
homes were destroyed at this location along with numerous snapped
pine trees. Damage in this area was consistent with EF-1 damage
or a maximum wind of around 100-105 mph.
For the following four miles of the track, damage was once again
limited to mostly downed or snapped trees. More significant
damage occurred east of the Ichawaynochaway Creek north of Georgia
Highway 37 near Dickey, GA. On Country Club Road, a single family
residence was damaged, with a portion of the exterior brick wall
collapsed, large sections of the roof removed, and debris blown
100-200 yards from the structure. Large trees near the residence
were uprooted or snapped. Across the road, a double wide mobile
home had some sections of walls and roof removed, and it was blown
off its foundation by a couple feet. Additional large, healthy
trees were snapped and uprooted at that location. Damage in this
area was consistent with high end EF-1 to low end EF-2 damage,
with a maximum wind of 110-120 mph.
Even more significant damage occurred further east along the
Dickey Bypass. Numerous trees in this area were snapped and
uprooted. Along the south side of the road, a double-wide mobile
home was completely obliterated with debris blown across the road
about 50 yards or more into a tree line. This mobile home was
strapped and anchored to the ground in several locations, with the
anchors sticking into the ground approximately a foot. The mobile
home frame separated completely and wrapped around a nearby tree.
Numerous hardwood trees near the home were snapped. Damage at this
location was the most intense along the track of this tornado and
was consistent with strong EF-2 damage, with a maximum wind of 125
to 130 mph. Analysis of the damage patterns suggests that this
mobile home may have been hit by a subvortex in the tornado, as
debris was blown across the path of the tornado to the north. Most
of the debris along the rest of the path tended to be blown in a
more easterly direction.
Just to the east of that residence, another house was damaged,
with a small portion of the roof removed. The residents stated
that the roof had separated from the walls, but set down again in
a slightly different location. Almost all the pine trees near this
house were snapped. The tree damage continued to the east for
about another mile, with a medium sized shed or outbuilding also
destroyed near the end of the tornado path.
The National Weather Service in Tallahassee would like to thank
the Calhoun County Emergency Management Agency and the Georgia
Emergency Management Agency for their assistance in completing
this damage survey.
EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into
the following categories.
EF0...Weak......65 TO 85 mph
EF1...Weak......86 TO 110 mph
EF2...Strong....111 TO 135 mph
EF3...Strong....136 TO 165 mph
EF4...Violent...166 TO 200mph
The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event and publication in
NWS Storm Data.