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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Peachtree City GA
435 PM EST Mon Jan 9 2017

...NWS CONFIRMS TORNADO IN STEWART COUNTY...

.OVERVIEW...
Dating back to last Monday, January 2, an intense storm system
generated strong to severe thunderstorms across portions of
central and south Georgia, including a brief tornado that
impacted a small area of Stewart County in southwest Georgia.
The tornado was confirmed from ground reports and an aerial
survey with the help of local and state Emergency Management
officials.

.Stewart County Tornado...

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    95 mph
Path Length /Statute/:  0.60 miles
Path Width /Maximum/:   200 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Jan 02 2017
Start Time:             558 PM EST
Start Location:         Approx. 10 miles SE of Lumpkin
Start Lat/Lon:          31.9536 / -84.6755

End Date:               Jan 02 2017
End Time:               600 PM EST
End Location:           3.9 miles WSW of Weston (Webster Co.)
END_LAT/LON:            31.9612 / -84.6709

Survey Summary:
A brief tornado touched down in rural southeast Stewart County, just
south of Sardis Road (before the Stewart/Webster County line). The
tornado destroyed a good portion (more than half) of two chicken
houses off Freeman Road, with debris thrown north/northwest of the
track, nearly 1/4 mile downstream. Estimated maximum winds of 95 MPH
occurred with this damage which supports an EF-1 rating for this
tornado. Before lifting, the tornado crossed over an open field,
toppling a large irrigation sprinkler, and snapping and uprooting
several large trees. No other damage was seen north and east of
Sardis Road.

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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