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An NWS Survey crew confirmed an EF2 tornado in Barbour, Henry and Quitman Counties. Details are listed below.


NWS Survey crew confirms EF2 tornado in Barbour, Henry and Quitman Counties.
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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Tallahassee FL
1143 AM EDT Sat Apr 8 2017 /1043 AM CDT Sat Apr 8 2017/

...NWS Damage Survey For April 5th Tornado Event...

.Overview...For the second time in three days, tornadoes impacted
portions of Alabama and Georgia. The southernmost of the tornadoes
that occurred on April 5th is detailed below.


Rating: EF2
Estimated Peak Wind: 115 mph
Path Length /statute/: 10.38 miles
Path Width /maximum/: 1140 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0

Start Date: 04/05/2017
Start Time: 11:39 AM EDT
Start Location: 3 NW Coates / Barbour County / AL
Start Lat/Lon: 31.7595 / -85.1753

End Date: 04/05/2017
End Time: 12:04 PM EDT
End Location: 1 NW Hatcher / Quitman County / GA
End Lat/Lon: 31.8218 / -85.015

Survey_Summary: The tornado touched down in extreme southeastern
Barbour County in the White Oak community producing EF1 damage on
White Oak Drive. The tornado then crossed Sandy Creek into Henry
County`s White Oak subdivision producing mostly EF1 damage across
the entire width of the neighborhood between Sandy Creek and White
Oak Creek. However, a double-wide manufactured home on Laurel
Drive was shifted about 8 feet despite being strapped to the
ground by 2 to 3 foot anchors which were completely pulled from
the ground. This justified EF2 damage in this location with winds
estimated at 115 mph.

The tornado then crossed the Walter F. George Reservoir, also
known as Lake Eufaula, into the state of Georgia with EF1 damage
on the eastern shore of the lake along County Road 28. The tornado
came ashore at the Quitman-Clay County line producing damage in
both counties primarily in the form of uprooted trees. The trees
damaged several homes. Debris from a lakeside porch was lofted and
deposited on the opposite side of the home and strewn across an
adjacent field.

The tornado continued northeastward across rural Quitman County
hitting the Self Family Farm on Self Road. The tornado did
significant damage to the roof of a well constructed brick home,
removing the majority of the roof. The walls of a brick
outbuilding collapsed. There were also numberous trees snapped or
uprooted adjacent to the home, two of which were debarked. This
damage was consistent with EF2 winds of about 115 mph. Just
northeast of the house, an irrigation pivot was toppled with the
northern portion falling toward the southwest and the southern
portion falling in the opposite direction.

The tornado continued northeast across more rural areas causing
EF1 damage to trees on County Road 82 before lifting shortly

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 TO165 mph
EF4...Violent...166 TO 200mph

The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event and publication in NWS
Storm Data.