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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Peachtree City GA
1057 PM EDT Wed May 24 2017


...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 5/23/17 TORNADO EVENT...


.OVERVIEW...
Several severe storms developed around midday associated with
a strong storm system and produced at least 3 tornadoes. Two
of the three tornadoes are documented below. Any subsequent
tornadoes are awaiting further information before being
documented.

.Crisp County Tornado...

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    110 mph
Path Length /Statute/:  5.4 miles
Path Width /Maximum/:   150 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               2

Start Date:             May 23 2017
Start Time:             146 PM EDT
Start Location:         2.3 mi north of Arabi
Start Lat/Lon:          31.8667 / -83.7481

End Date:               May 23 2017
End Time:               154 PM EDT
End Location:           5.6 mi northeast of Arabi
End Lat/Lon:            31.8788 / -83.6603

Survey Summary: This tornado began just south of highway 41
and Landfill road and intensified quickly as it crossed I-75,
blowing down a semi tractor-trailer onto a car both traveling
in the southbound lanes resulting in two minor injuries.
Numerous trees were snapped as it continued east-northeast.
As the tornado reached its maximum intensity of 110 mph, a
house had most of its roof blown off at the 200 block of
Allied Rd and a mobile home across the street was blown
off its blocks. The mobile home residents had sought shelter
in the home across the street several minutes before the
tornado hit and were not injured in spite of the extensive
damage. Near Arabi Wilford Rd and highway 90 another mobile
home was blown off its blocks but remained upright. Dozens of
trees were snapped or uprooted one falling on a home causing
minor damage. The tornado continued east-northeast to Brock
Rd where more trees were snapped and one home had minor roof
damage, before lifting.


.Wilcox County Tornado #1...

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    100 mph
Path Length /Statute/:  1.6 miles
Path Width /Maximum/:   50 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             May 23 2017
Start Time:             200 PM EDT
Start Location:         3.9 south-southwest of Pitts
Start Lat/Lon:          31.8956 / -83.5756

End Date:               May 23 2017
End Time:               203 PM EDT
End Location:           3.1 south of Pitts
End Lat/Lon:            31.8993 / -83.5492

Survey Summary: This tornado began in a Pecan orchard in
western Wilcox County south of Bowen Rd and intensified
quickly with 100 mph winds. At least 100 Pecan trees were
snapped and shredded along a narrow 30 yard wide path with
essentially no damage on either side. The tornado traveled
east and weakened slightly snapping several trees. It then
destroyed a 400ft of a large chicken house. A few more trees
were downed before the tornado lifted just east of the
intersection of Bowen Rd and highway 159.


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
EF5...Violent...>200mph

NOTE:
The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the events and publication in
NWS Storm Data.

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