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Public Information Statement
Statement as of 8:25 PM EST on December 24, 2014

...Storm survey for the Pierce County Georgia EF-1 tornado...

Rating: EF-1 path length /statute/: 5.75 miles path width /maximum/: 60-100 yards fatalities: 0 injuries: 0

Start date: Dec 24 2014 start time: 1250 PM EST start location: 8 miles north of Blackshear / Pierce / GA lat/lon: 31.406 / -82.251 end location: 14 miles north of Blackshear / Pierce / GA end_lat/lon: 31.466 / -82.185

Survey summary: the National Weather Service in Jacksonville conducted a storm survey late this afternoon in Pierce County Georgia. The meteorologist in charge conducted the survey...determining that the tornado touched down approximately 8 miles to the north of blachshear along Walkerville Road in between Taylor farm Road and east Horseshoe Road around 1250 PM EST. Low-end EF-1 damage was noted along the tornado path as it crossed Georgia State Road 121/15...including damage to 7 homes...powerlines downed...and large trees snapped. EF-0 damage was noted after the tornado crossed Georgia State Road 121/15...with the tornado lifting after an approximate 5.75 mile path near spotted farm Road and songbird place...or about 14 miles north of Blackshear. The maximum width of the tornado was estimated to be 60-100 yards. Pierce County emergency management reported numerous power outages in the vicinity of the tornado.

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

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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