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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Northern Indiana
347 PM EST Tue Mar 7 2017 /247 PM CST Tue Mar 7 2017/

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 02/28/2017 TORNADO EVENT...UPDATED

.OVERVIEW...
Update...A survey of damage from emergency management officials
in St. Joseph county Michigan revealed a brief tornado occurred
along with sporadic wind damage. Details can be found under
Tornado 4.

Quasi-linear convective system moved through far southwest lower
Michigan mid evening Tuesday producing a total of 4 brief
tornadoes.

.TORNADO 1...Niles MI

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated peak wind:    105 mph
Path length /Statute/:  0.6 miles
Path width /Maximum/:   100 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start date:             Feb 28 2017
Start time:             854 pm EST
Start location:         Niles Michigan
Start Lat/Lon:          41.8317 / -86.2407

End date:               Feb 28 2017
End time:               856 pm EST
End location:           Niles Michigan
End_lat/lon:            41.8348 / -86.2308

SURVEY_SUMMARY: Tornado touched down in downtown Niles Michigan
near the Eastside Elementary School. Extensive tree damage along
with minor to significant structural damage to homes occurred in
about a 5 block area of Niles Michigan. Many large trees down on
house and vehicles.

.TORNADO 2...Dowagiac MI

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated peak wind:    105 mph
Path length /Statute/:  5 miles
Path width /Maximum/:   100 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start date:             Feb 28 2017
Start time:             858 pm EST
Start location:         4.3 miles SW Dowagiac
Start Lat/Lon:          41.9478 / -86.176

End date:               Feb 28 2017
End time:               902 pm EDT
End location:           0.5 miles E Dowagiac
End_lat/lon:            41.9836 / -86.0917

SURVEY_SUMMARY: Tornado touched down a field southwest of town and
caused extensive tree damage as it tracked into the far south
side of town. Here two single wide mobile homes were destroyed
along with widespread tree damage and additional minor house
damage before the tornado crossed through the Dowagiac Elks Golf
Club and then dissipated/lifted as it crossed Dowagiac Creek.

.TORNADO 3...Vandalia MI

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated peak wind:    110 mph
Path length /Statute/:  2.7 miles
Path width /Maximum/:   150 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start date:             Feb 28 2017
Start time:             912 pm EDT
Start location:         3.3 miles SW Vandalia
Start Lat/Lon:          41.8782 / -85.9497

End date:               Feb 28 2017
End time:               915 pm EDT
End location:           1.3 miles SE Vandalia
End_lat/lon:            41.8974 / -85.9039

SURVEY_SUMMARY: Tornado touched down south of Brownsville St west
of Calvin Center Rd in a wooded  area and then traveled rapidly
northeast...just missing the Calvin Center SDA Church. Several
large trees were uprooted here along with chain link fence pulled
from the ground. Some minor damage to the was noted to the church
including stripped siding and shingle loss. More extensive tree
and structural damage to homes was noted just northeast of here
including a roof off a single wide mobile home...garage partially
deroofed and two story house twisted on its foundation along with
roof damage. In addition dozens of snapped/uprooted trees.
Additional tree damage occurred northeast toward Paradise Lake
where several houses sustained minor roof and siding damage along
with uprooted trees down on houses. The tornado continued on
through a heavily wooded swamp before dissipating south of Donnell
Lake.

.TORNADO 4...Centreville MI

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated peak wind:    90 mph
Path length /Statute/:  2.1 miles
Path width /Maximum/:   50 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start date:             Feb 28 2017
Start time:             938 pm EST
Start location:         1.9 miles SE Centreville
Start Lat/Lon:          41.9176 / -85.4913

End date:               Feb 28 2017
End time:               940 pm EDT
End location:           0.6 miles NW Nottawa
End_lat/lon:            41.9275 / -85.4540

SURVEY_SUMMARY: Tornado touched down a field southwest of the
intersection of M-86 and Rambadt Rd and tracked rapidly northeast,
causing damage to several trees near the above intersection. One
of the trees penetrated the roof of a shed and also crushed part
of a RV trailer with another RV trailer being pushed over. The
tornado then crossed Truckenmiller Rd and caused roof damage to a
large barn as well as a smaller outbuilding. The tornado began to
weaken and track more easterly knocking over additional trees and
causing shingle damage to a residence on Truckenmiller Rd west of
Nottawa Rd. The tornado then lifted before reaching Nottawa Rd.

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 events and publication in
NWS Storm Data.

$$

Holsten/Fisher



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