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National Weather Service Morristown TN
1118 AM EDT Mon Mar 26 2018 /1018 AM CDT Mon Mar 26 2018/


...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 3/17/18 TORNADO EVENT - UPDATE 2...


.McMinn County Tennessee Tornado...

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:    85 mph
Path Length /Statute/:  0.39 miles
Path Width /Maximum/:   100 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Mar 17 2018
Start Time:             723 pm EDT
Start Location:         4.25 NNE Etowah / McMinn County / TN
Start Lat/Lon:          35.3738 / -84.5758

End Date:               Mar 17 2018
End Time:               724 pm EDT
End Location:           4.25 NNE Etowah / McMinn County / TN
END_LAT/LON:            35.3733 / -84.5690

Survey Summary: The tornado probably started somewhere on the
eastern side of the Ridgewood Golf Club and tracked eastward.
It went through a patch of trees where many softwoods were
uprooted or snapped in the upper part of the trunk. The tornado
exited the trees and dissipated a short distance over a field
where only a couple of trees were damaged.

.Cherokee County North Carolina Tornado...

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:    85 mph
Path Length /Statute/:  0.63 miles
Path Width /Maximum/:   100 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Mar 17 2018
Start Time:             817 pm EDT
Start Location:         6 E Murphy / Cherokee County / NC
Start Lat/Lon:          35.0946 / -83.9271

End Date:               Mar 17 2018
End Time:               818 pm EDT
End Location:           6.5 E Murphy / Cherokee County / NC
END_LAT/LON:            35.0934 / -83.9161

Survey Summary: This tornado started near Upper Peachtree Road
and Lizzie Elliot Road. It damaged a business nearby this
intersection and tracked into the field behind it. There was
debris scattered about the field and an overturned trailer
near the creek. The tornado crossed and dissipated just past
Lunsford Road and Pipes Branch. There was extensive tree and
structural damage to homes and barns along Lunsford Road.

.Clay County North Carolina Tornado...

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:    85 mph
Path Length /Statute/:  1.51 miles
Path Width /Maximum/:   120 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Mar 17 2018
Start Time:             832 pm EDT
Start Location:         3.5 NW Hayesville / Clay County / NC
Start Lat/Lon:          35.0759 / -83.8679

End Date:               Mar 17 2018
End Time:               839 pm EDT
End Location:           2 NW Hayesville / Clay County / NC
END_LAT/LON:            35.0699 / -83.8423

Survey Summary: The tornado started approximately near Fires
Creek Road and Barlow Fields Drive. This was a non-continuous
track more than likely due to the terrain. There was extensive
softwood tree damage noted with most trees uprooted. Many trees
were snapped in the upper third of their trunks, too. Trees
also fell on homes and vehicles along the track. The rear flank
downdraft winds were impressive particularly along Lance Cove
Road and Sweetwater Bend just south of the Hiawassee River. The
tornado weakened and ended near Poplar Cove just south of the
Hiawassee River.

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
EF5...Violent...>200mph

NOTE:
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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