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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Melbourne FL
611 PM EDT WED MAY 18 2016

...NWS Damage Surveys for 05/17/16 Tornado Events...

.Overview...An upper level weather disturbance combined with an influx of
tropical moisture and added convergence/rotation along the east coast sea
breeze produced several severe thunderstorms which evolved into clusters.
Three separate tornadoes formed, from several different cells.

A NWS Damage Survey team examined the damage by ground and air.

The NWS thanks St. Lucie County and Indian River County Emergency
Management and the St. Lucie County Sheriffs Office for assistance
with the damage surveys.

.Vero Beach Highlands Tornado...

Rating:                   EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:      80-90 MPH
Path length /Statute/:    0.20 Miles
Path width /Maximum/:     100 Yards
Fatalities:               0
Injuries:                 0

Start date:               May 17 2016
Start time:               248 PM EDT
Start location:           4 NW INDRIO / Indian River County / FL
Start Lat/Lon:            27.5689 / -80.4017

End date:                 May 17 2016
End time:                 249 PM EDT
End location:             4 NW Indrio / Indian River County / FL
End_lat/lon:              27.5670 / -80.4020

Survey Summary: The tornado produced approximately a half mile
damage path impacting a width of about three blocks of homes.
The tornado traveled in a southward direction. Two homes sustained
major damage with a significant portion of their roofs damaged.
Sixteen other homes experienced minor damage to roofs, soffits
and pool screen enclosures. Several trees were snapped and two
trees were uprooted. Estimated loss $395,000.

.Lakewood Park Tornado...

Rating:                   EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:      80-90 MPH
Path length /Statute/:    0.45 Miles
Path width /Maximum/:     75 Yards
Fatalities:               0
Injuries:                 0

Start date:               May 17 2016
Start time:               251 PM EDT
Start location:           5 NW Indrio / St. Lucie County / FL
Start Lat/Lon:            27.5578 / -80.4076

End date:                 May 17 2016
End time:                 253 PM EDT
End location:             4 WNW Indrio / St. Lucie County / FL
End_lat/lon:              27.5513 / -80.4085

Survey Summary: The tornado traveled mainly southward for nearly
a half mile. Approximately 15 homes experienced damage, mainly to
their roofs. Numerous trees were snapped and several fences and
pool enclosures were destroyed.

.Road Runner Travel Park Tornado...

Rating:                   EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:      65-75 MPH
Path length /Statute/:    0.60 Miles
Path width /Maximum/:     75 Yards
Fatalities:               0
Injuries:                 0

Start date:               May 17 2016
Start time:               315 PM EDT
Start location:           5 NW Ft. Pierce / St. Lucie County / FL
Start Lat/Lon:            27.4876 / -80.3791

End date:                 May 17 2016
End time:                 318 PM EDT
End location:             4 NW Ft. Pierce /  St. Lucie County / FL
End_lat/lon:              27.4807 / -80.3737

Survey Summary: The tornado touched down within the Road Runner
Travel Park and traveled southeast for just over a half mile before
lifting. The tornado toppled four RV`s and produced mostly minor
roof and awning damage to several mobile homes. Several trees were
downed and one large tree was snapped several feet above ground level.

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.

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Spratt/Ulrich/Stevenson



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