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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Louisville KY
1050 PM EDT Tue Mar 28 2017

...NWS Damage Survey for 03/27/2017 Straight-Line Winds Event...

.Washington and Mercer Counties Straight-Line Winds...

Estimated Peak Wind:       80-85 mph
Fatalities:                0
Injuries:                  0

Start Date:                03/27/2017
Start Time:                6:49 PM EDT
Start Location:            1.75 miles southwest of Willisburg, KY
Start Lat/Lon:             37.79587/-85.1527

End Date:                  03/27/2017
End Time:                  7:10 PM EDT
End Location:              McAfee, KY
End Lat/Lon:               37.8502/-84.8535

Survey Summary:
Periodic downbursts estimated at 80 to 85 mph occurred within a
narrow part of the squall line as it moved through Washington and
Mercer Counties.  Structural damage occurred 1.75 miles southwest of
Willisburg, where the front porch was torn off a small Amish
schoolhouse, exposing the attic to the wind, which lifted the back
side of the roof and blew out insulation, but did not remove any of
the roof panels.  A nearby home also sustained porch damage when the
porch, which ran the 40 length of the home, was elevated as the
wind got under it, This allowed the supporting posts to be blown
out.  Other minor damage to outbuildings occurred in this area.
Another barn 1.25 miles southeast of Willisburg had one corner of
the structure blown in, along with several metal roof panels
removed.  Farther to the east, near McAfee, a large barn was blown over at the
 intersection of Highway 127 and Talmage Mayo Road. Other minor roof
and tree damage, indicating winds of around 60 mph, was noted in a 2
by 4 mile wide swath centered east-to-west near McAfee.

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 200 MPH
EF5...Violent..>200 MPH

Note:  The information in this statement is preliminary and subject
to change pending final review of the event and publication in NWS
storm data.

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