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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Little Rock AR
602 PM CST Tue Mar 7 2017

...NWS Damage Survey For 03/06/2017-03/07/2017 Tornado Event...

.Overview...
A supercell thunderstorm tracked east northeast over northern Arkansas
late last night and early this morning. The storm produced a tornado in
Newton and Searcy counties with a continuous damage path of 36.7 miles.

.Newton/Searcy County Tornado...

Rating:                 EF-2
Estimated Peak Wind:    120 MPH
Path Length /Statute/:  36.7 Miles
Path Width /Maximum/:   700 Yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               1 minor

Start Date:             Mar 06 2017
Start Time:             1138 PM CST
Start Location:         2.0 N Mossville / Newton County / Arkansas
Start Lat/Lon:          35.9252 / -93.3880

End Date:               Mar 07 2017
End Time:               1227 AM CST
End Location:           4.0 ENE Saint Joe / Searcy County / Arkansas
End Lat/Lon:            36.0574 / -92.7534

Survey_Summary:
This tornado touched down north of Mossville in Newton County, and lifted
east northeast of Saint Joe in Searcy County.

Along the path, numerous trees were uprooted or snapped. At Parthenon,
several homes were damaged. Outbuildings were damaged or destroyed. The
post office was destroyed.

A residence was destroyed north of Vendor.

North of Saint Joe, A family of five (two adults and three small children)
heard the tornado warning, went into a storm shelter before the tornado hit.
Their manufactured home was completely destroyed. The damage was likely
not survivable.

Also, north of Saint Joe, trees and power lines were blown down. Outbuildings
were damaged. A residence had significant damage.

There was one minor injury.

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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