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NOUS42 KTAE 172300

600 PM EST Wed Feb 17 2021


.Update...Damascus Georgia Tornado Added.

.Overview...Severe storms spread across the eastern Florida
Panhandle and southwest Georgia on Monday afternoon. Several
tornadoes have been confirmed and damage surveys are ongoing.
This product will be updated as information from the damage
surveys becomes available and ratings are finalized.

.Damascus Tornado...

Rating:                 EF2
Estimated Peak Wind:    130 mph
Path Length /statute/:  11.5976 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   600.0 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               5

Start Date:             02/15/2021
Start Time:             05:38 PM EDT
Start Location:         1 S Damascus / Early County / GA
Start Lat/Lon:          31.281 / -84.7211

End Date:               02/15/2021
End Time:               05:48 PM EDT
End Location:           1 E Iveys Mill / Baker County / GA
End Lat/Lon:            31.3884 / -84.5738

Survey Summary:
A tornado touched down just west of Highway 45 south of Damascus
in Early County, Georgia. Along Highway 45 the tornado snapped a
few trees and damaged the roofs of a couple of houses. The tornado
crossed the highway moving northeast and reached peak intensity as
it hit homes along Killebrew Rd. Two homes and a detached garage
along Killebrew Rd were destroyed down to their foundations, which
were not anchored. One home was constructed of concrete block
which collapsed. The other home was constructed of wood with a
concrete block foundation. The 5 injuries noted came from these
two homes. A truck was tossed from the detached garage and onto
the homes. Several trees were uprooted and snapped, with other
cars sustaining heavy damage. A large tree was uprooted behind the
homes and thrown about 100 yards into the front yard. Two
instances were noted of small metal pole projectiles lodged into
trees. Another house nearby sustained heavy damage to the roof and
had portions of the exterior walls fail. A propane gas tank was
dislodged and moved at this location as well. Powerlines were
knocked down and most trees were snapped or uprooted along this
section of the path.

After the tornado crossed Killebrew Rd, it headed northeast and
appeared to weaken. Trees snapped and uprooted were observed along
the rest of the track along Po Boy Lane, Pullen Rd, GA Highway
200, Big Pond Rd, County Rd 3, Billy Newberry Rd, County Rd 119,
Patmos Milford Hwy, and Julia Jones Rd. Damage sustained in these
areas were mostly tree damage along with a couple instances of
minor roof damage. The tornado lifted in Baker County after
crossing Julia Jones Rd.

.Panama City Beach Tornado...

Rating:                 EF0
Estimated Peak Wind:    85 mph
Path Length /statute/:  1.3097 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   50.0 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             02/15/2021
Start Time:             02:01 PM CST
Start Location:         Gulf Resort Beach /  / FL
Start Lat/Lon:          30.2211 / -85.8898

End Date:               02/15/2021
End Time:               02:03 PM CST
End Location:           1 NE Gulf Resort Beach / Bay County / FL
End Lat/Lon:            30.2338 / -85.8735

Survey Summary:
Brief EF-0 tornado came onshore just west of Pier Park shortly
after 2pm CT on February 15th. Minor damage to structures near
the beach was noted, along with damage to poles, bleachers, and
fencing at Frank Brown Park before the tornado dissipated. The
tornado is estimated to have had peak winds around 85 mph and
less than 50 yards wide. Additional damage to the east of the
path was likely due to damaging straight line winds from the Rear
Flank Downdraft of the parent supercell. Winds in this area may
have been as high as 80 mph.

.Washington County Tornado...

Rating:                 EF0
Estimated Peak Wind:    85 mph
Path Length /statute/:  0.6996 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   100.0 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             02/15/2021
Start Time:             02:38 PM CST
Start Location:         3 SE Gilberts Mill / Washington County /
Start Lat/Lon:          30.5994 / -85.4557

End Date:               02/15/2021
End Time:               02:39 PM CST
End Location:           3 ESE Gilberts Mill / Washington County /
End Lat/Lon:            30.6095 / -85.454

Survey Summary:
A tornado briefly touched down near Wheeler Lane and tracked
north-northeast for a short distance before lifting. On the
Wheeler Farm property, an outbuilding was pulled from its
anchorage and lofted about 20 yards. It has been anchored by
wooden poles in concrete, although the concrete was shallow.
Nearby outbuildings were not damaged. A few pine trees along the
driveway of the property were snapped. Further north on Wheeler
lane, a double wide manufactured home has some roof damage. Other
trees were uprooted on Pineoaks Lane and Akers Trail. The damage
was consistent with a high end EF-0 rating.

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 events and publication in NWS
Storm Data.


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