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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Mobile AL
440 PM CDT Fri Nov 2 2018

...NWS Damage Survey in Choctaw County Finds Small EF-O Tornado
Along with a Corridor of Straight Line Wind Damage...

.Choctaw County Tornado...

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:    80 mph
Path Length /statute/:  0.14 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   100 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Nov 1 2018
Start Time:             708 AM CDT
Start Location:         4 mi SE Gilbertown, AL
Start Lat/Lon:          31.8361/-88.2647

End Date:               Nov 1 2018
End Time:               709 AM CDT
End Location:           4 mi SE Gilbertown, AL
End Lat/Lon:            31.8378/-88.2635

Survey summary: A corridor of straight line wind damage was
found starting near Highway 17 and Harrison Road and continuing
northeast to County Road 8 and Barrytown Road. Significant tree
damage was noted along portions of the path with winds estimated
in the 60 to 80 mph range. There was a small, enhanced corridor of
tree damage on County Road 8 where several large, healthy pine trees
were snapped. Winds in this small area are estimated to have been
between 90 to 100 mph. Just northeast of this enhanced damage, a
small EF-0 tornado was found in a wooded area along Woodbine Road.
In total, 5 houses and 3 barns were damaged, mainly from downed trees.
It should be noted that most of the damage observed was from straight
line winds.

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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