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National Weather Service Paducah, KY


.OVERVIEW...A tornado developed along a line of storms racing
east/northeast during the early morning hours. This tornado began
in New Madrid County before moving into Mississippi County.


Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated peak wind:    100 mph
Path length /Statute/:  15.3 miles
Path width /Maximum/:   200 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start date:             March 1
Start time:             4:40 AM CST
Start location: 4 SSE of Sikeston, Missouri

End date:               March 1
End time:               4:52 AM CST
End location: 3 NNE Anniston, Missouri

An EF1 tornado made a 15 mile path across New Madrid and
Mississippi Counties. A garage was completely destroyed along with
roof damage to the home. Several barns were damaged. Dozens of
trees were either uprooted or had large branches broken off.
Numerous power poles were snapped or blown over. Dozens of
irrigation systems were blown over. This path occurred within an
area of widespread wind damage over these two counties.


.Perryville Missouri Tornado...

Rating:                 EF-4
Estimated peak wind:    180 mph
Path length /Statute/:  50.4 miles
Path width /Maximum/:   0.6 miles
Fatalities:             1
Injuries:               12

Start date:             February 28 
Start time:             7:55 PM CST
Start location:         4.8 miles WNW of Perryville, Missouri

End date:               February 28
End time:               8:57 PM CST
End location:           1.8 miles SW of Christopher, Illinois

The tornado quickly became violent reaching EF-4 intensity and
leveling 5 homes, as well as other structures, just west of I-55,
about 3.5 miles northwest of Perryville, Missouri. This is in the
Kyle Lane and County Road 806 area. Numerous uninhabited cars 
from a salvage yard were blown into or over I-55. The lone 
fatality occurred when an I-55 southbound vehicle was intercepted 
by the tornado. As the tornado tore east, it caused the area of 
greatest home and property destruction 3 miles north of
Perryville, in the vicinity of U.S. Highway 61 and Moore Drive. 
Three homes were leveled on the west side of U.S. Highway 61 with 
dozens of other homes and structures destroyed. Several of the 
injuries occurred in this area. In addition to the leveled homes 
in Perry County, at least 100 other homes received moderate to 
major damage. As the tornado continued east across Perry County, 
it leveled or nearly leveled 2 additional homes and destroyed 
numerous other homes and structures. The tornado reached its 
greatest width as it approached the Mississippi River where a 
damage swath 0.6 miles wide was measured. The tornado damage path
also exhibited multiple vortex characteristics at this point, 
yielding three distinct convergent areas within the parent vortex.
This was also indicated via ground striations, or disturbance 
marks to bare ground, just west of the Mississippi River. The 
tornado then ripped across the southern tip of Randolph County 
Illinois just south of Rockwood. It then continued its ENE path 
across Jackson County Illinois passing just south of Ava, 
Illinois and immediately south of Vergennes, Illinois. Many 
thousands of large trees were snapped and uprooted, and dozens of 
homes and other structures were damaged or destroyed across 
Jackson and Franklin Counties. The tornado remained very intense 
and wide (at least 1/3 mile) nearly leveling a home as it passed 
between Elkville and Dowell, Illinois and into Franklin County 
with unabating intensity. A house was leveled 1.75 miles south of 
Mulkeytown. Very soon thereafter the tornado began to rapidly 
weaken, before dissipating 1.8 miles southwest of Christopher. The
tornado lasted an astounding 1 hour and 2 minutes and was the 
longest track tornado in the coverage area of NWS Paducah since 
another EF-4 tornado back on April 22, 1981.

.Jackson county tornado...

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated peak wind:    75 mph
Path length /Statute/:  4.1 miles
Path width /Maximum/:   25 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start date:             Mar 1 2017
Start time:             408 AM CST
Start location:         8.4 miles WSW of Carbondale Illinois

End date:               Mar 1 2017
End time:               413 AM CST
End location:           4.5 miles west of Carbondale Illinois

.OVERVIEW...A weak tornado skipped along this path producing mainly tree damage
consisting of broken tree branches.

.Williamson county tornado...

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated peak wind:    95 mph
Path length /Statute/:  7.5 miles
Path width /Maximum/:   25 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start date:             Feb 28 2017
Start time:             1041 PM CST
Start location:         2.2 miles southeast of Carterville Illinois

End date:               Feb 28 2017
End time:               1054 PM CST
End location:           3.5 miles north of Marion Illinois

A weak tornado skipped along this path producing mainly tree damage
consisting of broken tree branches with a few uprooted trees.

.OVERVIEW...A strong tornado moved from White county Illinois into
Posey and Gibson counties in Indiana.

.White/Posey/Gibson tornado

Rating:                 EF-3
Estimated peak wind:    152 mph
Path length /Statute/:  44.6 miles
Path width /Maximum/:   440 yards (peak)
Fatalities:             1
Injuries:               2

Start date:             Feb 28 2017
Start time:             954 PM CST
Start location:         4.2 miles northeast of Carmi Illinois

End date:               Feb 28 2017
End time:               1045 PM CST
End location:           1.3 miles south southeast of Oakland City Indiana

A strong tornado set down northeast of Carmi Illinois and almost
immediately expanded to 400 yards wide. In White county, this tornado
damaged or destroyed 35 structures ranging from homes to farm buildings to
mobile homes. One resident told us that his home, which was severely damaged
in this tornado, was also damaged by the 1925 Tri-State Tornado. By the time
the tornado reached just west of the Wabash River, it was a 1/4 mile wide.
Numerous trees were snapped/uprooted across the county. The tornado passed
into Posey county Indiana around 1005 PM CST. In north Posey county, the
tornado damaged numerous trees, damaged or destroyed some barns, damaged
about a dozen homes, including one house that was shifted off of the foundation.
One person, who was camping, was injured. The tornado crossed Interstate 64
near the 10 mile marker. The tornado crossed into Gibson county around 1016
PM CST. In Gibson county, the tornado damaged or destroyed 106 structures.
Of these, 26 were destroyed, 21 suffered major damage, 26 suffered minor damage,
and 33 had minimal damage. At least one person was injured in Gibson county.
Across Gibson county, the tornado probably averaged 1/8 of a mile wide and
peaked at 1/4 of a mile.



.OVERVIEW...A tornado moved across southeast portions of Trigg County 
Kentucky late in the evening of February 28.

.Trigg County Tornado...

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated peak wind:    105 mph
Path length /Statute/:  8 miles
Path width /Maximum/:   400 yards
Fatalities:             None
Injuries:               None

Start date:             February 28
Start time:             1130 PM CST
Start location:         5 NE of Linton Kentucky

End date:               February 28
End time:               1138 PM CST
End location:           3 SW of Caledonia

An EF1 tornado made an 8 mile path across portions of southeast Trigg 
county.  Hundreds of trees were snapped or uprooted, and one grain bin was 
destroyed.  There was major structural damage to numerous barns, and there 
were many homes with siding and/or roof damage.

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 3/1/2017 Graves County (Cuba) TORNADO

.OVERVIEW...A tornado spun up along a line of storms early in the
morning hours while moving through Graves County.

.Graves County Tornado...

Rating: EF-2
Estimated peak wind: 120 mph
Path length/Statute/: 1.5 miles
Path width /Maximum/: 200 yards
Fatalities: None
Injuries: None

Start date:             March 1
Start time:             5:25 AM CST
Start location:         0.5 ESE Cuba Kentucky

End date:               March 1
End time:               5:26 AM CST
End location:           2 E Cuba Kentucky

The EF-2 tornado destroyed a single family residence removing much of
the roof and other portions of the house. In a nearby cemetery
several grave markers (headstones and in some case the base units)
were blown for distances up to 30 feet. One other home received
minor damage including broken windows. A machine shed was blown
from its foundation and a mobile home was blown partially off its
foundation. At least a dozen trees were uprooted with dozens of
others sustaining broken limbs or trunks. Another shed and barn
were also damaged from straight line winds just south of the
tornado track.

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.