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NOUS44 KJAN 200037

637 PM CST Thu Jan 19 2017

...NWS Damage Survey For January 19, 2017 Tornado Event...

.Simpson/Smith Tornado...

Rating:                 EF-2
Estimated Peak Wind:    120 mph
Path Length /statute/:  19.2 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   500 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               1

Start Date:             01/19/2017
Start Time:             07:53 AM CST
Start Location:         3 E Magee, Simpson County, MS
Start Lat/Lon:          31.8672/-89.669

End Date:               01/19/2017
End Time:               08:36 AM CST
End Location:           5 N Raleigh, Smith County, MS
End Lat/Lon:            32.1127/-89.5132

Survey Summary:

This tornado touched down just east of Magee along Highway 28 at the
intersection of Pine Grove Road. The tornado snapped a few trees
here, then quickly grew and intensified. In the first half to 1 mile
along Pine Grove Road, numerous trees were snapped and uprooted
along with power lines being knocked down and some power poles
snapped. Multiple homes had minor to moderate roof damage and most
of these were along the edge of the tornado. However, there were a
few that were more directly in the path. These sustained heavier
damage with one home completely destroyed. The roof was blown off
along with most of the outer wall off. Here peak intensity was
reached with winds estimated at 120 mph. Multiple sheds or large
barn type structures were heavily damaged or destroyed in this area
as well. High end EF1 damage continued through the remainder of
Simpson County where the tornado crossed C Stringer Road, Pine Grove
Road again, and County Road 65 before moving into Smith County. Once
in Smith County, most of the damage was from downed trees. The
heaviest damage occurred as it crossed County Road 65 and County Road
108 where dozens of trees and several power lines were downed. A few
homes also sustained minor roof damage in this area. As the tornado
crossed County Road 503, it weakened some but remained at EF1
intensity as it continued to the north-northeast and crossed County
Road 114. The remainder of the damage was EF0 intensity as the
tornado tracked west of Raleigh before it dissipated at Highway 35,
roughly 5 miles north of town.

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 200mph

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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