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NOUS43 KPAH 120328

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Paducah, KY
929 PM CST Sat Mar 11 2017

.UPDATE...Tornado Path and Intensity Modified

.OVERVIEW...A tornado developed over southeast New Madrid county
Missouri and then crossed the Mississippi River into western Fulton
County, Kentucky. This was the second of two tornadoes in New Madrid
county and the first of two tornadoes in Fulton County.

.New Madrid County Missouri to Western Fulton County Tornado...

Rating:                 EF-2 Estimated peak wind:    120 mph Path
length /Statute/:  9.8 miles Path width /Maximum/:   250 yards
Fatalities:             0 Injuries:               0

Start date:             Mar 9 2017 Start time:             824 pm
CST Start location:         11.5 miles east northeast of New Madrid

End date:               Mar 9 2017
End time:               838 pm CST
End location:           3.5 miles southwest Hickman, KY

SURVEY SUMMARY: A swath of extensive tree damage occurred in the
wooded bottomlands along the Mississippi River levee on both the
Missouri and Kentucky side of the Mississippi river. The tornado
proceeded southeast through agricultural flatlands of Fulton county,
Kentucky destroying a few farm sheds. Power lines and poles were
blown over along roads. Swaths of tree damage occurred along tree
lines between farm fields. Irrigation pivots were blown over.
Several grain bins were destroyed, including a grain bin that was
blown over or through a row of trees and across a highway.

There was scattered tree damage associated with straight-line
winds south of the tornado track, likely associated with the
rear-flank downdraft.

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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