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Statement as of 1:02 PM EDT on May 26, 2017

Expires 1:15 AM EDT on May 27, 2017


... NWS damage survey for 05/24/2017 tornado event...

.Overview...
In coordination with local emergency managers, National Weather Service
meteorologists deployed to survey damage resulting from severe thunderstorms
on Wednesday, may 24, 2017 in north and central Georgia. Several tornadoes
were found to have occurred in various locations. The details of each
individual tornado are chronicled below.


.Whitfield County tornado...

Rating: EF-1
estimated peak wind: 90 mph
path length /statute/: 1.6 miles
path width /maximum/: 200 yards
fatalities: 0
injuries: 0

Start date: may 24 2017
start time: 9:45 am EDT
start location: 4.1 miles NNE of Dalton (downtown)
start lat/lon: 34.81863 / -84.95123

End date: may 24 2017
end time: 9:49 am EDT
end location: 5.3 miles NE of Dalton
end lat/lon: 34.82992 / -84.92633

Survey summary: a brief tornado touched down northeast of Dalton
along Highway 71 (cleveland highway), snapping and uprooting several
trees between 3rd street and West Hill view drive. The tornado
continued northeast and created the most significant damage along
the south end of Lynn drive where numerous large trees were snapped
or uprooted in an approximate 200 yard wide path. In this location,
a couple of trees were snapped near the base which resulted in the
rating of a low-end EF-1 with estimated maximum winds around 90 mph.
A Camper was also rolled about 20 yards away from its original
location near Lynn drive. Several more trees were found snapped near
Creekwood Lane northeast just before the tornado lifted.


.Gordon County tornado #1...

Rating: EF-0
estimated peak wind: 75 mph
path length /statute/: 0.3 miles
path width /maximum/: 70 yards
fatalities: 0
injuries: 0

Start date: may 24 2017
start time: 10:47 am EDT
start location: 1 mile east of Resaca
start lat/lon: 34.58486/-84.92123

End date: may 24 2017
end time: 10:48 am EDT
end location: 1.3 miles east of Resaca
end lat/lon: 34.58711/-84.92123

Survey summary: a brief tornado touched down 1 mile east of Resaca
between Swan drive northeast and Fite Bend Road northeast where
several large trees were snapped and uprooted in an approximate 70
yard wide path. The tornado then tracked across a wheat field and
into a small wooded area where it snapped a few large tree branches
before lifting.


.Gordon County tornado #2...

Rating: EF-0
estimated peak wind: 75 mph
path length /statute/: 0.3 miles
path width /maximum/: 90 yards
fatalities: 0
injuries: 0

Start date: may 24 2017
start time: 10:50 am EDT
start location: 3.4 miles ENE of Resaca
start lat/lon: 34.598408/-84.887511

End date: may 24 2017
end time: 10:51 am EDT
end location: 3.6 miles ENE of Resaca
end lat/lon: 34.601733/-84.884882

Survey summary: the same storm that produced a brief tornado 1 mile
east of Resaca produced another brief tornado about 3.4 miles ENE of
Resaca along Nicklesville Road. Damage to the roof of a home and
small barn was found along with several large trees snapped and
uprooted along an approximate 90 yard wide path. Based on visual
damage, the tornado was on the ground for approximately 0.3 miles
before lifting.


.Gilmer County tornado...

Rating: EF-0
estimated peak wind: 70 mph
path length /statute/: 0.1 miles
path width /maximum/: 30 yards
fatalities: 0
injuries: 0

Start date: may 24 2017
start time: 11:16 am EDT
start location: 7.4 miles WNW from Ellijay
start lat/lon: 34.729479/-84.611098

End date: may 24 2017
end time: 11:17 am EDT
end location: 7.4 miles WNW from Ellijay
end lat/lon: 34.730209/-84.609907

Survey summary: a very brief tornado touched down in a largely
wooded area about 7.4 miles WNW of Ellijay along Rogers Creek Road.
Several large trees were found snapped and uprooted along a small
path. This damage was consistent with a circulation seen from radar
that had a history of producing brief tornadoes.


.Fannin County tornado...

Rating: EF-0
estimated peak wind: 75 mph
path length /statute/: 0.1 miles (~240 yards)
path width /maximum/: 35 yards
fatalities: 0
injuries: 0

Start date: may 24 2017
start time: 11:43 am EDT
start location: 2.3 miles NE of Blue Ridge (downtown)
start lat/lon: 34.880144/-84.294359

End date: may 24 2017
end time: 11:44 am EDT
end location: 2.4 miles NE of Blue Ridge (downtown)
end lat/lon: 34.881187/-84.292352

Survey summary: a very brief tornado touched down 2.3 miles NE of
downtown Blue Ridge where several large trees were snapped and
uprooted just east of Highway 515 (us 76) along McKinney Road.
Similar to the brief Gilmer County tornado, this damage was
consistent with a circulation seen from radar that had a history of
producing brief tornadoes.


.Laurens County tornado...

Rating: EF-0
estimated peak wind: 80 mph
path length /statute/: 2.2 miles
path width /maximum/: 240 yards
fatalities: 0
injuries: 0

Start date: may 24 2017
start time: 2:05 PM EDT
start location: 1 mile ESE Moores
start lat/lon: 32.5133 / -82.9802

End date: may 24 2017
end time: 2:10 PM EDT
end location: 3 ENE Moores
end lat/lon: 32.5329 / -82.9489

Survey summary: an EF-0 tornado initially touched down just off
valambrosia Road where it downed a few trees. The tornado next
crossed Clover Leaf Lane where it blew some metal trim off of a
Mobile home and collapsed a small metal carport. This debris was
strewn in the wooded area behind the Mobile home. Several Pine trees
were also uprooted at this location. As the tornado crossed irish
Lane, a number of Hardwood and softwood trees were uprooted. The
tornado continued northeastward, Downing between 20 and 40 trees on
a Railroad track near Moore Station Road. Through the remainder of
the tornado's path, trees were intermittently snapped or uprooted.
The final damage location before the tornado lifted was near
Fairview Park hospital where the tops were blown out of a couple of
Pine trees.


.Toombs County tornado...

Rating: EF-1
estimated peak wind: 95 mph
path length /statute/: 4.3 miles
path width /maximum/: 0.25 miles (440 yards)
fatalities: 0
injuries: 0

Start date: may 24 2017
start time: 1109 PM EDT
start location: 2 mi southeast of Vidalia
start lat/lon: 32.2002 / -82.3925

End date: may 24 2017
end time: 1116 PM EDT
end location: 1 mi north of Lyons
end lat/lon: 32.2214 / -82.3251

Survey summary: a low end EF-1 tornado first touched down
in a southeast residential portion of Vidalia and tracked
east-northeastward across Highway 280, where it did some
minor structural damage. This included roof damage to
several businesses including a shoney's and bending a large
flag pole near brantley's marine and GUNS, a section
primarily across from Meadows regional medical center.
Other damage along the path included numerous Hardwood and
softwood trees either snapped or uprooted. The tornado
lifted just north of the city of Lyons along Highway 1.


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 event and publication in
NWS storm data.


102 PM EDT Fri may 26 2017

... NWS damage survey for 05/24/2017 tornado event...

.Overview...
In coordination with local emergency managers, National Weather Service
meteorologists deployed to survey damage resulting from severe thunderstorms
on Wednesday, may 24, 2017 in north and central Georgia. Several tornadoes
were found to have occurred in various locations. The details of each
individual tornado are chronicled below.


.Whitfield County tornado...

Rating: EF-1
estimated peak wind: 90 mph
path length /statute/: 1.6 miles
path width /maximum/: 200 yards
fatalities: 0
injuries: 0

Start date: may 24 2017
start time: 9:45 am EDT
start location: 4.1 miles NNE of Dalton (downtown)
start lat/lon: 34.81863 / -84.95123

End date: may 24 2017
end time: 9:49 am EDT
end location: 5.3 miles NE of Dalton
end lat/lon: 34.82992 / -84.92633

Survey summary: a brief tornado touched down northeast of Dalton
along Highway 71 (cleveland highway), snapping and uprooting several
trees between 3rd street and West Hill view drive. The tornado
continued northeast and created the most significant damage along
the south end of Lynn drive where numerous large trees were snapped
or uprooted in an approximate 200 yard wide path. In this location,
a couple of trees were snapped near the base which resulted in the
rating of a low-end EF-1 with estimated maximum winds around 90 mph.
A Camper was also rolled about 20 yards away from its original
location near Lynn drive. Several more trees were found snapped near
Creekwood Lane northeast just before the tornado lifted.


.Gordon County tornado #1...

Rating: EF-0
estimated peak wind: 75 mph
path length /statute/: 0.3 miles
path width /maximum/: 70 yards
fatalities: 0
injuries: 0

Start date: may 24 2017
start time: 10:47 am EDT
start location: 1 mile east of Resaca
start lat/lon: 34.58486/-84.92123

End date: may 24 2017
end time: 10:48 am EDT
end location: 1.3 miles east of Resaca
end lat/lon: 34.58711/-84.92123

Survey summary: a brief tornado touched down 1 mile east of Resaca
between Swan drive northeast and Fite Bend Road northeast where
several large trees were snapped and uprooted in an approximate 70
yard wide path. The tornado then tracked across a wheat field and
into a small wooded area where it snapped a few large tree branches
before lifting.


.Gordon County tornado #2...

Rating: EF-0
estimated peak wind: 75 mph
path length /statute/: 0.3 miles
path width /maximum/: 90 yards
fatalities: 0
injuries: 0

Start date: may 24 2017
start time: 10:50 am EDT
start location: 3.4 miles ENE of Resaca
start lat/lon: 34.598408/-84.887511

End date: may 24 2017
end time: 10:51 am EDT
end location: 3.6 miles ENE of Resaca
end lat/lon: 34.601733/-84.884882

Survey summary: the same storm that produced a brief tornado 1 mile
east of Resaca produced another brief tornado about 3.4 miles ENE of
Resaca along Nicklesville Road. Damage to the roof of a home and
small barn was found along with several large trees snapped and
uprooted along an approximate 90 yard wide path. Based on visual
damage, the tornado was on the ground for approximately 0.3 miles
before lifting.


.Gilmer County tornado...

Rating: EF-0
estimated peak wind: 70 mph
path length /statute/: 0.1 miles
path width /maximum/: 30 yards
fatalities: 0
injuries: 0

Start date: may 24 2017
start time: 11:16 am EDT
start location: 7.4 miles WNW from Ellijay
start lat/lon: 34.729479/-84.611098

End date: may 24 2017
end time: 11:17 am EDT
end location: 7.4 miles WNW from Ellijay
end lat/lon: 34.730209/-84.609907

Survey summary: a very brief tornado touched down in a largely
wooded area about 7.4 miles WNW of Ellijay along Rogers Creek Road.
Several large trees were found snapped and uprooted along a small
path. This damage was consistent with a circulation seen from radar
that had a history of producing brief tornadoes.


.Fannin County tornado...

Rating: EF-0
estimated peak wind: 75 mph
path length /statute/: 0.1 miles (~240 yards)
path width /maximum/: 35 yards
fatalities: 0
injuries: 0

Start date: may 24 2017
start time: 11:43 am EDT
start location: 2.3 miles NE of Blue Ridge (downtown)
start lat/lon: 34.880144/-84.294359

End date: may 24 2017
end time: 11:44 am EDT
end location: 2.4 miles NE of Blue Ridge (downtown)
end lat/lon: 34.881187/-84.292352

Survey summary: a very brief tornado touched down 2.3 miles NE of
downtown Blue Ridge where several large trees were snapped and
uprooted just east of Highway 515 (us 76) along McKinney Road.
Similar to the brief Gilmer County tornado, this damage was
consistent with a circulation seen from radar that had a history of
producing brief tornadoes.


.Laurens County tornado...

Rating: EF-0
estimated peak wind: 80 mph
path length /statute/: 2.2 miles
path width /maximum/: 240 yards
fatalities: 0
injuries: 0

Start date: may 24 2017
start time: 2:05 PM EDT
start location: 1 mile ESE Moores
start lat/lon: 32.5133 / -82.9802

End date: may 24 2017
end time: 2:10 PM EDT
end location: 3 ENE Moores
end lat/lon: 32.5329 / -82.9489

Survey summary: an EF-0 tornado initially touched down just off
valambrosia Road where it downed a few trees. The tornado next
crossed Clover Leaf Lane where it blew some metal trim off of a
Mobile home and collapsed a small metal carport. This debris was
strewn in the wooded area behind the Mobile home. Several Pine trees
were also uprooted at this location. As the tornado crossed irish
Lane, a number of Hardwood and softwood trees were uprooted. The
tornado continued northeastward, Downing between 20 and 40 trees on
a Railroad track near Moore Station Road. Through the remainder of
the tornado's path, trees were intermittently snapped or uprooted.
The final damage location before the tornado lifted was near
Fairview Park hospital where the tops were blown out of a couple of
Pine trees.


.Toombs County tornado...

Rating: EF-1
estimated peak wind: 95 mph
path length /statute/: 4.3 miles
path width /maximum/: 0.25 miles (440 yards)
fatalities: 0
injuries: 0

Start date: may 24 2017
start time: 1109 PM EDT
start location: 2 mi southeast of Vidalia
start lat/lon: 32.2002 / -82.3925

End date: may 24 2017
end time: 1116 PM EDT
end location: 1 mi north of Lyons
end lat/lon: 32.2214 / -82.3251

Survey summary: a low end EF-1 tornado first touched down
in a southeast residential portion of Vidalia and tracked
east-northeastward across Highway 280, where it did some
minor structural damage. This included roof damage to
several businesses including a shoney's and bending a large
flag pole near brantley's marine and GUNS, a section
primarily across from Meadows regional medical center.
Other damage along the path included numerous Hardwood and
softwood trees either snapped or uprooted. The tornado
lifted just north of the city of Lyons along Highway 1.


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 event and publication in
NWS storm data.



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