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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Indianapolis IN
217 PM EST Wed Mar 8 2017

...Two additional tornadoes confirmed in southern Indiana for March 1...


.OVERVIEW...Multiple downbursts and tornadoes occurred across
southern Indiana from the evening hours February 28 into the pre-dawn
hours of March 1.

The reports below add two additional tornado tracks to those
previously found. For the NWS Indianapolis forecast area, this
results in 7 tornadoes confirmed from Daviess to Lawrence and Jackson
counties. For this event, 11 tornadoes occurred across southern
Indiana from north of Evansville to near Salem.

.EF1 Tornado 2 W Mitchell in Lawrence County Indiana...

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated peak wind:    110 mph
Path length /Statute/:  0.2 miles
Path width /Maximum/:   40 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start date:             March 1 2017
Start time:             530 AM EST
Start location:         2.0 W Mitchell IN
Start Lat/Lon:          38.7281 / -86.5128

End date:               March 1 2017
End time:               531 AM EST
End location:           1.8 W Mitchell IN
End_lat/lon             38.7288 / -86.5095

Trees were uprooted at the start of the path. Up hill, a barns
roof was lofted nearly 100 yards to the northeast. The
associated house had the majority of the roof lofted and
thrown over 100 yards to the northeast. The east wall of the
house and garage displayed widespread mud and insulation
splatter. Insulation also splattered inside the mailbox from
an east wind component. A lamp post was broken, laying westward.

.EF2 TORNADO 9 W Crothersville in Jackson County Indiana...

Rating:                 EF-2
Estimated peak wind:    115 mph
Path length /Statute/:  0.25 miles
Path width /Maximum/:   50 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start date:             March 1 2017
Start time:             545 AM EST
Start location:         9.2 W of Crothersville Jackson County IN
Start Lat/Lon:          38.7999 / -86.0166

End date:               March 1 2017
End time:               545 AM EST
End location:           9.0 W of Crothersville Jackson County IN
End_lat/lon:            38.8005 / -86.0129

A brief touchdown occurred with the tornado lifting a garage up and
partially off its foundation, turning the garage about 30 degrees
and resting it on top of a pickup truck which was in the garage.
A frame ranch house next to the garage lost a substantial portion of
its roof which was deposited to the northeast behind the house.
Insulation from the house was splattered against the entire east
wall of the house, and the entire remaining roof of the east side
of the home. A 25 foot trailer in the driveway was lifted, turned
180 degrees, and flipped onto its side, resting against the home.

This tornado was embedded within a 12 mile long downburst path
which extended from just east of Medora to just west of Crothersville.
Within this downburst path, straight line winds to at least 115 mph
collapsed 3 metal transmission towers, all laying to the east. These
transmission towers were about 7 miles east of the tornado path.

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 events and publication in
NWS Storm Data.

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