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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Mobile AL
1033 AM CST Mon Jan 23 2017

...Updated NWS Damage Survey For The 01/21/2017 Choctaw County Alabama
Tornado Event...

.Choctaw County, AL Tornado...

Rating:                 EF-2
Estimated Peak Wind:    115-120 mph
Path Length /statute/:  15 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   800 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               4

Start Date:             01 21 2017
Start Time:             5:14 am CST
Start Location:         2.8 miles southeast of Gilbertown, AL
Start Lat/Lon:          31.847599, -88.290451

End Date:               01 21 2017
End Time:               5:29 am CST
End Location:           15 miles northeast of Gilbertown, AL
End Lat/Lon:            31.99628, -88.10702

Survey summary: The tornado first touched down on Clark Road and
continued 15 miles to the northeast to the Choctaw and Marengo County
line. 4 homes were destroyed, including 2 mobile homes. Another 20
structures experienced varying degrees of damage, some of which included
major roof damage. The most significant damage was located on Chapel Hill
Road, Wimberly Road, and Pleasant Hill Road.

We would like to thank Choctaw County EMA and the people of Choctaw
County for their time and assistance with this 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 200 mph
EF5...Violent...>200 mph

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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