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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Peachtree City GA
400 PM EDT Thu Mar 23 2017


...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR MARCH 21, 2017 TORNADO EVENT...

.OVERVIEW...Two short-lived tornadoes affected Barrow and Jackson
Counties shortly after 9 PM EDT on Tuesday, March 21. These
brief tornadoes formed along a squall line which produced
widespread damaging straight-line winds.

.Barrow County Tornado...

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:    85 mph
Path Length /Statute/:  0.1 miles
Path Width /Maximum/:   100 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Mar 21 2017
Start Time:             903 PM EDT
Start Location:         4.1 miles east-southeast of Winder
Start Lat/Lon:          33.9807 / -83.6543

End Date:               Mar 21 2017
End Time:               903 PM EDT
End Location:           4.1 miles east-southeast of Winder
End Lat/Lon:            33.9790 / -83.6359

Storm Summary: A brief tornado developed along the leading edge of
a larger swath of strong winds. The tornado was on the ground for
just 200 yards or 0.1 statute miles. The most concentrated damage
was to a barn in which most of the structure was completely
destroyed with pieces of the barn carried nearly a quarter of a
mile. Several other large trees were snapped and uprooted and
converged toward the center of the track.


.Jackson County Tornado...

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    95 mph
Path Length /Statute/:  0.5 miles
Path Width /Maximum/:   100 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Mar 21 2017
Start Time:             903 PM EDT
Start Location:         4.2 miles east-southeast of Arcade
Start Lat/Lon:          34.0580 / -83.4923

End Date:               Mar 21 2017
End Time:               904 PM EDT
End Location:           4.6 miles east-southeast of Arcade
End Lat/Lon:            34.0587 / -83.4847

Storm Summary: An EF1 tornado began near and moved across a house
under construction. The entire upper level of the home was complete
and set upon 6x6 concrete moorings several feet in the ground. This
entire structure was lifted and then pulled all moorings from the
ground causing additional structural damage. The tornado then moved
into an open field before snapping and uprooting at least a dozen
large trees. The tornado caused additional minor damage to a
residence before lifting.


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 event and publication in
NWS Storm Data.

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