National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Charleston SC
559 PM EST Mon Mar 4 2019


Start Location...3.8 miles south-southeast Riceboro in Liberty County, Georgia
End Location...Halfmoon Landing in Liberty County, Georgia
Date...March 3, 2019
Estimated Time...658 pm EST
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF-1
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...105 mph
Maximum Path Width...350 yards
Path Length...7.85 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...31.6807N/-81.4119W
Ending Lat/Lon...31.7159N/-81.2852W
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...1

The tornado first touched down near U.S. 17, about 1.2 miles west of I-95 and
mile marker 69. The tornado then moved east-northeast across I-95, where it
snapped and uprooted dozens of hard and softwood trees. The debris was thrown
across the highway. One truck and one motorcyclist reportedly hit the debris on
I-95. The motorcyclist was injured, but the extent of their injuries was unknown.
From I-95, the tornado continued east-northeast to Old Darien Road, which runs
parallel and just east of I-95. The region between I-95 and Darien Road appeared
to be where the most extensive damage occurred. It was estimated that well over
100 trees were snapped and/or uprooted in this area. A camper trailer was
also flipped and rolled approximately 20-30 feet. There was a single family home
near the flipped trailer that sustained very minor shingle damage to its roof.
Beyond this point, the tornado continued east-northeast and moved across mainly
uninhabited marsh. At this point, the tornado appeared to be only periodically
on the ground as it moved for nearly an additional 6 miles. The end point of the
tornado was along Islands Hwy, just north of the Kings Road, in the Half Moon
area. There were several snapped and uprooted trees along and near Islands

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 200 mph
EF5...Violent...>200 mph

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


Liberty County, GA, March 3rd, 2019 KCLX Data