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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service New Orleans LA
312 PM CST Wed Jan 4 2017

...Multiple Tornadoes Confirmed on 1/2/2017...

...Tornado confirmed east of Kentwood in Tangiaphaoa Parish
Louisiana...

Location...East of Kentwood in Tangiaphaoa Parish Louisiana
Date...1/2/2017
Estimated Time...145 PM CST
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF1
Maximum Wind Speed...90 mph
Maximum Path Width...75 yards
Path Length...0.5 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...30.9533 /-90.4358
Ending lat/Lon...30.9535 / -90.4344
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...0

* The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event(s) and publication in
NWS Storm Data.

...Summary...
A weak tornado touched down east northeast of Kentwood near West
Lewiston Road. Several large pine trees were snapped or uprooted.


&&

...Tornado Confirmed east of Magnolia in Pike County
Mississippi...

Date...1/2/2017
Estimated Time... 155PM CST
Maximum EF-Scale Rating... EF1
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...90 mph
Maximum Path Width...100 yards
Path Length...4.0 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...31.0883 / -90.3515
Ending lat/Lon...31.1025 / -90.2867
For reference...the Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes
into the following categories:

EF0...wind speeds 65 to 85 mph.
EF1...wind speeds 86 to 110 mph.
EF2...wind speeds 111 to 135 mph.
EF3...wind speeds 136 to 165 mph.
EF4...wind speeds 166 to 200 mph.
EF5...wind speeds greater than 200 mph.
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...0

* The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event(s) and publication in
NWS Storm Data.

...Summary...
A weak tornado touched down along an intermittent path in
southeast Pike County from near Emerald Road south of MS Highway
48 to Love Creek Road just north of MS Highway 48. Primary damage
was to trees and powers line with large trees toppled and or
snapped. A few houses and mobile homes were damaged by fallen
trees as wells as power lines.

&&

...Tornado Confirmed West of Tylertwon in Walthall County
Mississippi...

Location...West of Tylertown in Walthall County Mississippi
Date...1/2/2017
Estimated Time...200PM CST
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF1 Estimated
Maximum Wind Speed...95 mph
Maximum Path Width...100 yards
Path Length...1.0 mile
Beginning Lat/Lon... 31.1158 / -90.2267
Ending lat/Lon... 31.1206 / -90.2134
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...0

* The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event(s) and publication in
NWS Storm Data.

...Summary...
A weak tornado touched down along and just north of MS Highway 48
west of Tylertown. Large trees were toppled and snapped which also
brought down power lines and power poles.

&&

...Tornado Confirmed Near Bush in St Tammany Parish Louisiana...

Location...Bush in St Tammany Parish Louisiana
Date...1/2/2017
Estimated Time...244PM CST
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF0
Maximum Wind Speed...65 mph
Maximum Path Width...5 yards
Path Length...30 yards
Beginning Lat/Lon...30.5895 /-89.9019
Ending lat/Lon...30.5895 /-89.9019
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...0

* The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event(s) and publication in
NWS Storm Data.

...Summary...
A weak tornado touched along Hands Drive in the south part of
Bush Louisiana. Several small trees were snapped or toppled.
Tornado classification was primarily based on security camera
video of a short lived narrow vortex.

For reference...the Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes
into the following categories:

EF0...wind speeds 65 to 85 mph.
EF1...wind speeds 86 to 110 mph.
EF2...wind speeds 111 to 135 mph.
EF3...wind speeds 136 to 165 mph.
EF4...wind speeds 166 to 200 mph.
EF5...wind speeds greater than 200 mph.

&&

Other Survey Information
Kentwood LA...scattered damage to trees and powers lines in the
community of Kentwood LA was attributed to straight line winds
with estimated wind speed of around 75 mph. Toppled trees and
snapped trees were noted. A few houses and mobile homes were damaged
from fallen trees. Power lines and power poles were also brought
down and minor damage to several roofs was also noted.

Heavy rainfall during the several days prior to the severe
weather event saturated the soils throughout the region and likely
contributed to trees being more easily toppled during the strong
winds and tornadoes associated with the severe thunderstorms.

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