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Track of the Lumpkin - White - Rabun County tornado on 27 April 2011
Track of the Lumpkin-White-Rabun County, Georgia, tornado on 27 April 2011.  
The approximate track of the tornado is shown as a line that varies from
blue (EF1 damage) to green (EF2 damage) and orange (EF3 damage).  Click on 
image to enlarge.
Lumpkin - White - Rabun County, Georgia, Tornado
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NOUS42 KGSP 300228
PNSGSP
GAZ010-017-018-300530-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
1028 PM EDT FRI APR 29 2011

...TORNADO CONFIRMED NEAR 4 MILES NORTH OF BATESVILLE IN HABERSHAM
COUNTY GEORGIA...

LOCATION...4 MILES NORTH OF BATESVILLE IN HABERSHAM COUNTY GEORGIA
DATE...04/27/2011
ESTIMATED TIME...11 PM EDT
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF2
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...120-130 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...1/4 TO 1/2 MILE
PATH LENGTH...1.5 TO 2.0 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON...34.80/83.62
ENDING LAT/LON...34.82/83.61
* FATALITIES...NONE
* INJURIES...NONE

* THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT(S) AND PUBLICATION IN NWS
STORM DATA.

...SUMMARY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC HAS
CONFIRMED A TORNADO NEAR 4 MILES NORTH OF BATESVILLE IN HABERSHAM
COUNTY GEORGIA ON 04/27/2011.

A TORNADO CUT A PATH ACROSS NORTHERN HABERSHAM COUNTY ROUGHLY FROM
WEST OF BAKER BRANCH ROAD...TO NORTHEAST OF THE NORTHERN SECTION
OF GOSHEN MOUNTAIN ROAD. THERE DID NOT APPEAR TO BE A CONTINUOUS
PATH WEST OF BAKER BRANCH ROAD...WHICH ARE LOCATIONS IN NORTHWEST
HABERSHAM COUNTY THAT ARE HIGHLY WOODED WITH VARYING TERRAIN.

ADDITIONALLY THE TORNADO WAS LOST ON THE RIDGES EAST OF GOSHEN
MOUNTAIN ROAD...ONCE AGAIN IN VARYING TERRAIN AND HIGHLY WOODED
LOCATIONS.

ALONG THE AFOREMENTIONED TORNADO PATH THERE WERE ROUGHLY 8 HOMES
DAMAGED...WHILE NUMEROUS TREES WERE SNAPPED...TWISTED...UPROOTED
WITH SOME DEBARKING.

DAMAGE TO HOMES CONSISTED OF ROOFING MATERIAL BEING PEELED BACK...
OR ROOFS PARTIALLY REMOVED. PORCHES WERE TORN OFF AND/OR THROWN
FROM THE HOMES. TREES FELL ON MANY HOMES AND ONE VEHICLE. STORAGE
SHEDS WERE THROWN OR DESTROYED.

THE PATH WIDTH BRIEFLY NARROWED AND BECAME FOCUSED ALONG THE NORTHERN
SECTION OF GOSHEN MOUNTAIN ROAD WHERE ONE SMALL HOME...OR CAMP...WAS
COMPLETELY DESTROYED. HERE THE DEBRIS FIELD WAS THROWN/SPREAD OUT FROM
NORTH THROUGH NORTHEAST.

BASED ON INFORMATION FROM WITNESSES THE TIME OF OCCURRENCE IS
ESTIMATED AROUND 11:00 PM EDT ON APRIL 27, 2011.

THIS INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE AT
WEATHER.GOV/GSP.

FOR REFERENCE...THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO
THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

EF0...WIND SPEEDS 65 TO 85 MPH.
EF1...WIND SPEEDS 86 TO 110 MPH.
EF2...WIND SPEEDS 111 TO 135 MPH.
EF3...WIND SPEEDS 136 TO 165 MPH.
EF4...WIND SPEEDS 166 TO 200 MPH.
EF5...WIND SPEEDS GREATER THAN 200 MPH.

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STUREY

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NOUS42 KGSP 290313 RRA
PNSGSP
GAZ010-017-018-026-028-029-NCZ033-035>037-048>053-056>059-062>065-
068>072-082-501>510-SCZ001>014-019-290530-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
1113 PM EDT THU APR 28 2011

...TORNADO CONFIRMED BETWEEN LAKE BURTON AND MOUNTAIN CITY IN RABUN
COUNTY GEORGIA...

LOCATION...LAKE BURTON TO MOUNTAIN CITY IN RABUN COUNTY GEORGIA
DATE...APRIL 27 2011
ESTIMATED TIME...11 PM TO 1135 PM EDT
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF3
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...165 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...1/2 MILE
PATH LENGTH...14 MILES
* FATALITIES...1 KNOWN
* INJURIES...UNKNOWN

* THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT(S) AND PUBLICATION IN NWS
STORM DATA.

...SUMMARY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC HAS
CONFIRMED A TORNADO FROM LAKE BURTON TO MOUNTAIN CITY IN RABUN
COUNTY GEORGIA ON APRIL 27 2011.

THE TORNADO STARTED AT LAKE BURTON CAUSING EF3 DAMAGE ACROSS THE
NORTHERN PORTION OF THE LAKE (POSSIBLY HIGHER PENDING WEATHER
SERVICE HEADQUARTERS EVALUATION). THE TORNADO STARTED NEAR THE
LAPRADES MARINA OFF OF HIGHWAY 197 AROUND 11 PM. SHORTLY AFTER
TOUCHDOWN THE TORNADO HIT THE WILDCAT VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND
THE OLD FIRE HOUSE BUILDING...BOTH BUILDINGS WERE TOTALLY DESTROYED.
THE TORNADO TRACKED ACROSS MOCCASIN CREEK AND INTENSIFIED
SIGNIFICANTLY. THE DAMAGE PATH ALONG MOCCASIN CREEK WAS A HALF MILE
WIDE...TWO TO THREE WELL CONSTRUCTED HOMES WERE TOTALLY DESTROYED.
ONE LARGE HOME WAS TRANSPORTED FROM IT/S SLAB FOUNDATION INTO THE
LAKE. THE TORNADO CONTINUED ACROSS THE MOCCASIN CREEK PENINSULA TO
THE BURTON ISLAND TIMPSON CREEK ROAD AREA...THEN TRACKED DOWN THE
NORTH SHORE OF THE LAKE PARALLEL TO MEETING HOUSE MOUNTAIN ROAD.
FOUR TO FIVE RESIDENCES WERE COMPLETELY DESTROYED WITH MULTIPLE
HOMES WITH MAJOR DAMAGE TO EXTERIOR WALLS. THE TORNADO MOVED JUST
NORTH OF THE ANCHORAGE MARINA NEAR HIGHWAY 76 AND CONTINUED UP A
RIDGELINE NORTHEAST OF THE LAKE.

THE TORNADO WEAKENED TO EF1 ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE LAKE. THE PATH
REMAINED ALONG AND NORTH HIGHWAY 76...REACHING THE BLACK ROCK
MOUNTAIN STATE PARK AT 1133 PM EDT. WIDESPREAD TREE DAMAGE OCCURRED
ACROSS THE STATE PARK...INCLUDING A COUPLE OF TREES DOWN ON
VEHICLES. THE TORNADO INTENSIFIED TO AN EF2 ACROSS A RESIDENTIAL
AREA BETWEEN THE STATE PARK AND HIGHWAY 441 AROUND 1135 PM. THE
DAMAGE PATH RANGED FROM 50 TO 75 YARDS. A CONDOMINIUM BUILDING HAD
HALF OF THE ROOF BLOWN OFF WITH SEVERAL SURROUNDING HOMES WITH
LIFTED ROOF PANELS AND STRIPPED SHINGLES. THE TORNADO PROCEEDED
ACROSS HIGH 441 NEAR MOUNTAIN CITY AND WAS LOST IN A FORESTED AREA
ON OAKEY MOUNTAIN.

THIS INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE AT
WEATHER.GOV/GSP.

FOR REFERENCE...THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO
THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

EF0...WIND SPEEDS 65 TO 85 MPH.
EF1...WIND SPEEDS 86 TO 110 MPH.
EF2...WIND SPEEDS 111 TO 135 MPH.
EF3...WIND SPEEDS 136 TO 165 MPH.
EF4...WIND SPEEDS 166 TO 200 MPH.
EF5...WIND SPEEDS GREATER THAN 200 MPH.

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