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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Charleston SC
627 PM EDT Fri Sep 18 2020


.Cypress Cove in Effingham County, GA...

Start Location...2 W Blandford in Effingham County GA
End Location...4 NW Blandford in Effingham County GA
Estimated Time...02:54 AM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF1
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...100 mph
Maximum Path Width...150.0 yards
Path Length...2.65 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...32.2805 / -81.3024
Ending Lat/Lon...32.318 / -81.3126
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...0

A National Weather Service storm survey team confirmed an EF-1
tornado, with an estimated maximum wind speed of 100 mph in southern
Effingham County, GA. Both a ground and aerial survey was performed.
The tornado began near the intersection of Low Ground Road and Burnt
Tree Drive. Some trees were snapped and uprooted in this area, along
with some minor damage to the skirting of a few mobile homes. The
tornado continued north-northeastward across a wooded and marshy
region, where it snapped and uprooted several trees. As it crossed
Little McCall Road, it snapped and uprooted several large trees over
the properties of six homes along the road. None of these six homes
sustained any significant structure damage. The tornado then moved
into the small community of Cypress Cove, where it removed siding
and some roof shingles to approximately 18 homes in that community.
The tornado reached its maximum intensity, with winds around 100 mph,
as it crossed Little McCall Road and into the southern portion of
the Cypress Cove community. The tornado quickly dissipated as crossed
the northern part of Cypress Cove, ending near Ralph Rahn Road.

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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