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000 NOUS42 KFFC 011939 PNSFFC GAZ001>009-011>016-019>025-027-030>039-041>062-066>076-078>086- 089>098-102>113-020745- Public Information Statement National Weather Service Peachtree City GA 239 PM EST Mon Mar 1 2021 ...NWS Damage Survey for March 1, 2021 Riverdale Tornado... .Overview...During the morning hours of March 1, 2021, a strong line of showers and thunderstorms moved through North GA producing widespread reports of 40 to 50 mph winds and sporadic tree damage around the region. In addition, a brief tornado spun up within the line as it crossed into Clayton County on the west side of the community of Riverdale. ..Riverdale Tornado... Rating: EF1 Estimated Peak Wind: 90 mph Path Length /statute/: 0.75 miles Path Width /maximum/: 100.0 yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start Date: 03/01/2021 Start Time: 06:04 AM EST Start Location: 2 WSW Riverdale / Clayton County / GA Start Lat/Lon: 33.567 / -84.4528 End Date: 03/01/2021 End Time: 06:05 AM EST End Location: 2 SW Riverdale / Clayton County / GA End Lat/Lon: 33.5601 / -84.4429 Survey Summary: An EF1 tornado briefly touched down in Clayton County within a line of storms which moved through the Atlanta metro during the early morning hours. Damage was first surveyed along Bethsaida Rd near the intersection of Lakefield Forrest Dr where several trees were uprooted or snapped next to some homes and several powerlines were downed. The tornado continued southeast reaching max intensity as it crossed West Fayetteville Rd snapping and uprooting numerous trees, including several onto homes along Bethaven Rd and Zebulon Ct. The tornado continued southeast along Bethaven Rd lifting before it reached the intersection of Bethaven and Monarch Drive. && 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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