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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW ORLEANS/BATON ROUGE LA
218 PM CDT SUN MAY 17 2015

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 5/17/15 TORNADO EVENT...

.TORNADO IN TANGIPAHOA PARISH...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    110 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  1 MILE
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   50 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               2

START DATE:             MAY 17 2015
START TIME:             03:30 AM CDT
START LOCATION:         4 MILES WSW OF TICKFAW
START LAT/LON:          30.56/-90.55

END DATE:               MAY 17 2015
END TIME:               03:38 AM CDT
END LOCATION:           4 MILES W OF TICKFAW
END_LAT/LON:            30.57/-90.55

SURVEY SUMMARY: TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR SIBLEY ROAD ABOUT 1 QUARTER
MILE EAST OF WOODHAVEN ROAD UPROOTING 2 HARDWOOD TREES. THE TRACK
CONTINUED NORTH-NORTHWEST WITH DAMAGE INCREASING SIGNIFICANTLY ONCE THE
TORNADO REACHED JOEL MCDONALD ROAD. ON THE FAR EAST AND SOUTH SIDE
OF THE ROAD...2 HOUSES HAD DAMAGE TO THEIR METAL ROOFS WITH SEVERAL
SECTIONS MISSING. BARNS/SHEDS IN BOTH OF THOSE HOUSE/S YARDS WERE
NO LONG INTACT. A METAL ROOF FROM ONE OF THOSE SHEDS WAS FOUND IN A
TREE JUST ABOVE POWERLINE HEIGHT. ACROSS THE STREET FROM THESE 2
HOMES WERE 2 MOBILE HOMES...BOTH PARALLEL TO JOEL MCDONALD ROAD.
ONE MOBILE ROLLED ONTO ITS ROOF AND THE OTHER WAS PUSHED OFF ITS
BLOCKS INTO THE OTHER ONE. BOTH WERE STRAPPED DOWN WITH SOME STRAPS
SNAPPING WHILE OTHERS REMAINED ATTACHED TO THE ANCHORS WHICH WERE
UPROOTED. THE TRAILER THAT DID NOT ROLL SUSTAINED THE MOST SIGNIFICANT
DAMAGE WITH HALF OF IT COMPLETELY DESTROYED. SEVERAL HARDWOOD TREES
AROUND THE MOBILE HOME WERE UPROOTED. THE TORNADO CONTINUED NNW
TOWARDS GENE MCDONALD ROAD. SEVERAL TREES WERE UPROOTED NEAR HOMES
ON THAT ROAD. FRONT AND BACK PORCHES ON 2 MOBILE HOMES WERE LIFTED
AND THROWN APPROXIMATELY 30 YARDS. ONE MOBILE HOME HAD A 3 FOOT BY
6 FOOT HOLE IN AN EXTERIOR WALL BLOWN FROM THE INSIDE OUT. 2 SHEDS
WERE DESTROYED. THE TORNADO LIFTED AFTER UPROOTING 2 TREES NEAR
MILLER LANE ROAD. ONE WAS ON THE WEST SIDE AND THE OTHER ON THE
EAST. ONE OF THOSE TREES HIT A PICKUP TRUCK.

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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