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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Louisville KY
505 PM EDT Sun May 21 2017

...NWS Damage Survey for 05/20/2017 Tornado Event

.Jefferson County Indiana Tornado

EF Scale Rating:           EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:       90
Path Length/Statue/:       0.2 miles
Path Width/Maximum/:       20 yards
Fatalities:                0
Injuries:                  0

Start Date:                05/20/2017
Start Time:                7:10 PM EDT
Start Location:            2 miles southeast of Wirt Indiana
Start Lat/Lon:             38.7890/-85.4262

End Date:                  05/20/2017
End Time:                  7:11 PM EDT
End Location:              2 miles southeast of Wirt Indiana
End Lat/Lon:               38.7893/-85.4230

Survey Summary:

A small tornado touched down just north of West Galway Trail N in
a tree line behind some houses. The tornado uprooted and snapped
trees as it moved east. An eyewitness reported seeing a black mass
with debris moving horizontally. The tornado covered his house in
fallen trees. As it crossed Paper Mill Road, the inflow winds into
the tornado pulled off siding from nearby houses and moved light
objects several hundred feet. A camper parked on the southern edge
of the path rolled three times toward the center of circulation
and was destroyed. After crossing the road it struck an abandoned
farm house and did more tree damage. There was no more evidence of
damage after the tornado passed east of the farmhouse.

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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