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Public Information Statement

Statement as of 4:00 PM EDT on August 22, 2014


... NWS damage survey for 08/20/14 tornado event...

... Weak EF1 tornado tracks in far eastern Murray and northwest
Gilmer counties...

.Murray-Gilmer County tornado...

Rating: EF-1
estimated peak wind: 95 mph
path length /statute/: 1.7 miles
path width /maximum/: 300 yards
fatalities: 0
injuries: 0

Start date: Aug 20 2014
start time: 627 PM EDT
start location: 3 miles NNW Pleasant Hill
start lat/lon: 34.7881 N, -84.6262 W

End date: Aug 20 2014
end time: 629 PM EDT
end location: 1 mile N Pleasant Hill
end lat/lon: 34.7750 N, -84.6058 W

National Weather Service survey team determined that an EF1
tornado touched down in far eastern Murray County before crossing
the Turkey Mountain Ridgeline and moving southeast into extreme
northwestern Gilmer County. Once it crossed into Gilmer County the
tornado paralleled GA Hwy 2 as it snapped and uprooted trees. The
tornado was on the ground for approximately 2 minutes before
lifting prior to the intersection of Barnes drive and GA Hwy 2. In
total hundreds of trees were downed. Straight line winds that
accompanied the storm that produced this tornado also caused
damage to nearby homes... producing minor damage to roofs.

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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