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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Mobile AL
847 PM CST Sun Jan 22 2017

...NWS Damage Survey For The 01/21/2017 Perry County Mississippi
Tornado Event...

.Runnelstown, MS Tornado...

Rating:                 EF-2
Estimated Peak Wind:    125-130 (127 from DAT) mph
Path Length /statute/:  7.1 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   300 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               1

Start Date:             Jan 21 2017
Start Time:             4:05 am CST
Start Location:         2 miles WNW of Runnelstown, MS
Start Lat/Lon:          31.38006734, -89.14514009

End Date:               Jan 21 2017
End Time:               4:13 am CST
End Location:           5.5 miles northeast of Runnelstown, MS
End Lat/Lon:            31.41937511, -89.03423301

Survey summary: The tornado entered extreme NW Perry County, MS from
NE Forrest County 2 miles WNW of Runnelstown, MS and continued to move
NE at 45 to 50 MPH before lifting 5.5 miles NE of Runnelstown. Two
main areas along the path had significant damage, with EF-2 category
winds between 111 to 130 mph. One was located on Pumping Station Road
1.3 miles NW of Runnelstown, and the other 2.7 miles NE of Runnelstown
along Cole Drive. Significant tree damage and sporadic power lines were
downed along the track of the tornado.

The National Weather Service in Mobile would like to thank the Perry
County Emergency Management Agency for their assistance today.

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 events and publication in
NWS Storm Data.