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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Saint Louis MO
302 PM CST Fri Mar 3 2017

302 PM CST Fri Mar 3 2017

...NWS Damage Survey for 2/28/2017 Randolph County Tornado...

.UPDATE...This tornado has been upgraded to an EF-2 and the track
length has been increased due to the discovery of new damage.

This tornado was associated with the same supercell thunderstorm
that produced the long-track/strong tornado that impacted
locations near Perryville (MO), Ava (IL), and Vergennes(IL).

Rating:                 EF-2
Estimated peak wind:    115 mph
Path length /Statute/:  3.1 miles
Path width /Maximum/:   700 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start date:             2/28/2017
Start time:             8:12 PM CST
Start location:         1.5 miles SW of Rockwood
Start Lat/Lon:          37.8213/-89.7102

End date:               2/28/2017
End time:               8:17 PM CST
End location:           1.8 miles ESE of Rockwood
End_lat/lon:            37.8349/-89.6622

SURVEY_SUMMARY: This tornado crossed out of Perry County (MO) and
moved across far southern Randolph County (IL) south of Rockwood.  The
tornado caused damage to trees and snapped 7 power poles on IL
Highway 3 and caused extensive tree damage along Gun Club Road. The
damage was rated EF-2.  The tornado continued northeast into Jackson
County (IL) which is serviced by National Weather Service Paducah.

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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