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Public Information Statement
Statement as of 4:00 PM EDT on August 22, 2014

...NWS damage survey for 08/20/14 tornado event...

...Weak EF1 tornado tracks in far eastern Murray and northwest Gilmer counties...

.Murray-Gilmer County tornado...

Rating: EF-1 estimated peak wind: 95 mph path length /statute/: 1.7 miles path width /maximum/: 300 yards fatalities: 0 injuries: 0

Start date: Aug 20 2014 start time: 627 PM EDT start location: 3 miles NNW Pleasant Hill start lat/lon: 34.7881 N, -84.6262 W

End date: Aug 20 2014 end time: 629 PM EDT end location: 1 mile N Pleasant Hill end lat/lon: 34.7750 N, -84.6058 W

National Weather Service survey team determined that an EF1 tornado touched down in far eastern Murray County before crossing the Turkey Mountain Ridgeline and moving southeast into extreme northwestern Gilmer County. Once it crossed into Gilmer County the tornado paralleled GA Hwy 2 as it snapped and uprooted trees. The tornado was on the ground for approximately 2 minutes before lifting prior to the intersection of Barnes drive and GA Hwy 2. In total hundreds of trees were downed. Straight line winds that accompanied the storm that produced this tornado also caused damage to nearby homes...producing minor damage to roofs.

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

Note: the information in this statement is preliminary and subject to change pending final review of the event and publication in NWS storm data.

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