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Public Information Statement...UPDATED
National Weather Service Peachtree City GA
155 PM EST Wed Mar 6 2019

...NWS PRELIMINARY DAMAGE ASSESSMENT REPORT FOR THE MARCH 3 2019 
TORNADO OUTBREAK...

.UPDATE #5 /200 PM EST WED MAR 6/ - LONG-TRACK EF-2 TORNADO
CONFIRMED FROM BARBOUR COUNTY (ALABAMA) TO WEBSTER COUNTY (GEORGIA).

.UPDATE #4 /830 PM EST TUE MAR 5/ - INCLUDES TWO ADDITIONAL 
TORNADOES FROM TELFAIR COUNTY.

.UPDATE #3 /142 PM EST TUE MAR 5/ - INCLUDES SURVEY RESULTS FROM 
THE LONG-TRACK TORNADO THAT AFFECTED MACON AND LEE COUNTY ALABAMA 
THROUGH MUSCOGEE, HARRIS AND TALBOT COUNTIES IN GEORGIA.

.Overview...
A powerful storm system moved across the Mid-south and Southeast 
states on Sunday, March 3, producing widespread severe weather and 
tornadoes. In middle Georgia, significant damage from suspected 
tornadoes occurred and are in the process of being surveyed by 
NWS meteorologists. This report will list individual tornado 
events in chronological order.

Please note, over the next few days, this report will be updated 
pending additional information/confirmation of tornadoes that 
affected portions of middle Georgia. 

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The following preliminary damage survey below is a joint statement
from NWS Birmingham and NWS Peachtree City/Atlanta covering the 
significant damage/surveys of the long-track tornado which was on 
the ground from Beauregard, AL to Talbotton, GA. See below for 
more details.

.Beauregard/Smiths Station/Ellerslie/Talbotton Tornado (Complete 
Tornado Path)...

Rating:                 EF-4 
Estimated Peak Wind:    170 mph 
Path Length (Statute):  68.8 miles 
Path Width (Maximum):   1600 yards 
Fatalities:             23 
Injuries:               97

Start Date:             03/03/2019 
Start Time:             2:00 PM CST
Start Location:         3.0 miles NW of Society Hill, AL
Start Lat/Lon:          32.4472 / -85.4818

End Date:               03/03/2019
End Time:               4:16 PM EST
End Location:           10.5 miles ENE of Talbotton, GA
End Lat/Lon:            32.7452 / -84.3697


.Beauregard to Smith's Station Tornado (Macon & Lee Counties in 
Alabama)...

NWS Birmingham (Alabama) portion of the survey/tornado track.

Rating:                 EF-4
Estimated Peak Wind:    170 mph
Path Length (Statute):  26.8 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   1600 yards
Fatalities:             23
Injuries:               90

Start Date:             03/03/2019 
Start Time:             2:00 PM CST
Start Location:         3.0 miles NW of Society Hill, AL
Start Lat/Lon:          32.4472 / -85.4818

End Date:               03/03/2019
End Time:               2:29 PM CST
End Location:           3.0 miles NE of Smith's Station, AL
End Lat/Lon:            32.5750 / -85.0570


.Ellerslie to Talbotton Tornado (Muscogee, Harris, & Talbot 
Counties in Georgia)...

NWS Peachtree City/Atlanta portion of the survey/tornado track.

Rating:                 EF-3
Estimated Peak Wind:    140 mph
Path Length (Statute):  42.0 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   750 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               7

Start Date:             03/03/2019 
Start Time:             3:29 PM EST
Start Location:         3 miles NE of Smith's Station, AL
Start Lat/Lon:          32.5750 / -85.0570

End Date:               03/03/2019
End Time:               4:16 PM EST
End Location:           10.5 miles ENE of Talbotton, GA
End Lat/Lon:            32.7452 / -84.3697

Survey Summary: 

From NWS Birmingham...

The tornado touched down just southwest of Rogers Road and just 
northeast of U.S. Highway 80 in northeast Macon County. Initially
some small limbs were broken off of trees along with some pine 
trees uprooted. The tornado then moved east across Calloway Baker 
Road and across Glassy Mill Road where more pine trees were 
uprooted.

The tornado began to strengthen as it moved further east crossing 
Macon County Highway 43 as it downed additional pine trees then 
crossed the county line into southwest Lee County. The tornado 
crossed Lee County Road 29 where the tornado removed the roof and 
nearly collapsed a quarter of the cinder block walls of a church 
along with uprooting several trees.

The tornado continued to intensify as it moved north of due east
crossing Lee County Road 11 where it peeled back sheet metal off
of the porch of a home and ripped some sheet metal off of two 
outdoor storage sheds and continued to uproot pine trees. Debris
from structures and their contents were strewn along a tree line
to the east of their original location and some evidence of weak
ground rowing was observed along the surface tornado path.

The tornado reached its peak intensity just south of the 
intersection of Lee County Road 36 and Lee County Road 39 where
it rolled a manufactured home and emptied its contents nearby on 
the northern side of the track while additional damage toward the 
southern portion of the track included the complete destruction of
a house with all debris tossed a short distance from the foundation.
The tornado bent the frame of a car around the remnant of a large 
tree whose upper portion had broken off and totaled three vehicles 
by severe impacts into the bases of two remaining tree stubs. 
Further east on the other side of the small lake, a well-anchored 
and constructed home was leveled with debris removed from the 
foundation and anchored bolt screws remaining intact. Toward the 
northern edge of the tornado, the destruction of two double-wide 
and a single-wide manufactured home was surveyed. This was the 
peak intensity of the tornado due to the combination of damage to 
the two houses along with extensive severe tree damage including 
trees snapped at their bases and large trees with expansive root 
systems fallen along with some sporadic evidence of ground rowing.

The tornado began to decrease in intensity as it continued east 
roughly paralleling Lee County Road 39 where two manufactured 
homes were destroyed with most debris deposited away from the 
original location and both of the metal frames of the mobile homes 
could not be located. Another manufactured home was destroyed with 
its contents deposited in a swath from the site into the remains of 
a nearby tree line. A car was found in an overturned position 
against a hardy tree stripped of most limbs with a mattress from a
bed wrapped around the mid portion of the tree. A badly mangled metal
frame of a manufactured home and debris displaced nearby was all that
remained of one residence. Nearby a tractor trailer rig was on its
side and shoved around a sturdy tree while a nearby site-built home
lost nearly all of its exterior walls with debris remaining on or
near the home site. Severe tree destruction continued into this area
with trees snapped at their bases and uprooted. To the north of Lee
County Road 39 significant debris were deposited in the wooded area
where the tornado performed significant timber damage and toppled at
least one high-tension power line tower visible in the near distance.

After demolishing two double-wide and a single-wide manufactured home
the tornado moved northeast and crossed Lee County Road 51 just north
of the intersection with Lee County Road 39 where double-wide
manufactured home was moved off of its base and the exterior walls
collapsed on a family residence while tree damage continued with
snaps at the bases of trees. Some weakening occurred further east as
the tornado crossed Lee County Road 38 where it deposited a large
amount of debris into a ragged forested area. The tornado moved
slightly north of due east, crossing Lee County Road 100 and Lee
County Road 166 where it caused damage to trees with some trunks
snapped and some trees uprooted.

Tornado damage continued further east along Lee County Road 165 and 
along portions of Lee County Road 40 and Lee County Road 2049 where 
it collapsed exterior walls of a family residence removed most of the
roof of another house and caused some loss of roofing material from a
house and a manufactured home then the tornado flipped a manufactured
home and deposited its contents nearby along with destroying the roof
and walls of a single-wide manufactured home and caused continued
tree damage.

The tornado moved east across Lee County Road 170 then turned more to
the northeast where it crossed Lee County Road 401 near the
intersection with Lee County Road 175 and continued home and timber
damage all the way to Lee County Road 241.

The tornado continued northeast crossing Lee County Road 245 and Lee 
County Road 179 with damage to the roof of a house along County Road 
239 along with continued timber damage. The tornado then began to
turn more to the east as it approached Phenix City from the west,
crossing Lee County Road 239 and portions of Lee County Road 246 then
affecting portions of lee County Roads 289, 292, 290 with damage to
the roof of a house and timber damage.

The tornado crossed near Fullers Lake area where it rolled a
manufactured home over and caused some loss of roofing material to a
house. Additional damage occurred along Lee County Road 294 and Lee
County Road 298 where a professional building lost some of its roof
materials and damage to siding and roofing occurred to several small
homes that were not well constructed. As the tornado crossed U.S.
Highway 280 it caused some roof damage to a restaurant, damaged a
billboard and collapsed a cellular service communications tower.

Timber damage occurred northeast of U.S. Highway 280 along Lee County
Road 298. The tornado moved more to the right and affected areas
along Lee County Road 318 and 319 where some roof damage to homes
occurred and much in the way of timber damage resulted. A tree fell
and crushed an outbuilding and a single-wide manufactured home lost
portions of its roof. The tornado moved northeast from this point
toward the Chattahoochee River where it caused roof damage to some 
houses near the river and downed a metal high-tension power line
tower. The tornado crossed the Chattahoochee River and continued
extensive damage in Georgia. The tornado damage path in Alabama was
26.73 miles long and was 1600 yards wide at its widest point.

.Survey Summary from NWS Peachtree City/Atlanta...

29 minutes after tornadogenesis, and after a deadly and destructive 
path through Macon and Lee County in Alabama, the tornado crossed the
Chattahoochee River into Georgia at 329 PM EST near Winding Ridge Rd
in Muscogee County. The tornado continued ENE along Winding Ridge Rd,
Old River Rd, and Biggers Rd causing extensive damage to forested
areas. Large swaths of softwood trees were uprooted or snapped near
the base of the ground. Upon crossing Whitesville Rd in northwest
Muscogee County, EF-1 damage was recorded over a 750 yard path
perpendicular to the tornado's path. The tornado then continued and
crossed the I-185 interstate around 337 PM EST just 1.5 miles
southwest of Fortson.

At 339 PM EST, the tornado crossed U.S. Hwy 27, also known as
Veterans Parkway, between Woodridge Rd and Almond Rd, and toppled 
and mangled a large cellular tower along with a swath of pine trees 
with wind speeds of approximately 140 mph. Confidence in this EF-3 
wind speed was increased when nearly a dozen metal guidewires 
attached to the tower measuring over one inch in diameter were 
snapped.

The tornado then immediately crossed into Harris County, and 
continued to cause mostly EF-1 damage along Gray Rock Rd and the 
winding Rip Smith Rd snapping hundreds of trees along the way. The 
tornado then reached the south side of Ellerslie around 347 PM EST, 
continuing to parallel Highway 315 where hundreds of softwood and 
several hardwood trees were snapped.  Minor roof damage was noted to 
several homes with shingles pulled off, as well as one home with 
damage to the attic and top floor.  Further east and just north of 
highway 315, along Mount Airy Road, just north of Apachee trail 
there were hundreds of softwood trees down, as well as a home with 
significant damage to the top floor.  Across the street, were 
several homes with missing shingles and a carport that was 
destroyed. Damage in this area was consistent with EF2 120 mph 
winds. The tornado then continued ENE to Ridgeway Rd, just north of 
Hwy 315, where EF2 damage continued to be recorded with several 
dozen softwood trees snapped near their bases. As Hwy 315 then began 
to turn northeastward the tornado began to run alongside the highway 
and eventually intercepted it. Along this route, dozens of 
additional trees were found blown north of the highway.

At approximately 354 PM EST, the tornado crossed into Talbot 
County, quickly destroying a small church, a mobile trailer home, 
dozens of trees and causing extensive damage to a two-story home. 
The Humble Zion Church, which was completely demolished with no 
walls left standing, was made of heavy-duty cinder blocks and 
mortar, with several structures within the church blown to 
surrounding areas resulting in an approximation of wind speeds of 
140 mph. The tornado continued ENE crossing a northeastward oriented 
Hwy 315, and weakened significantly. EF-1 wind damage was found 
consistently through forested areas in and around Hwy 315, along 
Callier Rd, O'Neal Rd, and Mitchell Rd.

Between 4:03 and 4:06 PM EST, the tornado moved into northern 
Talbotton, causing extensive damage to trees and completely 
destroying numerous homes. High End EF-1 damage was observed along 
Adams Rd, in the Northwest of town as wide swaths of trees were 
observed to be snapped going into town. The tornado intensified 
again as it intersected Washington Ave, the main north-south road 
through town causing mostly high-end EF-2 damage. A few double-wide 
and single-wide manufactured homes were completely turned over, 
twisted, and destroyed. It was nearly unrecognizable where these 
manufactured homes originally sat. Contents of the homes were blown 
over a quarter mile into the woods behind them. One single family 
home was twisted at least 10 feet off of it's foundation and another 
had its second story completely removed. Two brick-and-mortar 
apartments were completely blown down by approximately 140 mph winds 
with most of the slabs being laid bare in the tornados wake. At 
least a dozens of cars were also destroyed, being peppered with 
rocks and debris, with windows blown out, and several which were 
blown laterally by several feet and one sedan which had rolled up on 
top of a small pick-up truck and then fell back to its side. Several 
other manufactured homes lost their roofing and some lost whole 
rooms to the winds. Remarkably, no fatalities occurred but seven 
injuries were reported in town.

The tornado then continued ENE along U.S. Hwy 80 as it exited town, 
continuing to snap and uproot hundreds of trees in its wake. 
Another manufactured home was found to have been rolled and torn 
apart, with another having the rear half collapsed from winds and 
falling trees. The storm continued ENE going between U.S. Hwy 80 and 
Boot Kelly Rd & Pobiddy Rd. Cross-roads were sparse, but when 
available showed damage consistent with EF-1 wind speeds. On Poplar 
Cross Rd, between Pobiddy and U.S. Hwy 80 EF-2 damage was found in a 
small valley with hundreds of softwood trees snapped near their 
bases. The last recorded damage point occurred east of the 
intersection of George Smith Rd and Carl Mathis Rd with a few final 
trees snapped off.

The tornado the dissipated at approximately 4:16 PM EST about 10.5 
miles ENE of Talbotton, Georgia in eastern Talbot county. In total, 
the tornado tracked 68.8 miles over 76 minutes, with 42.0 miles and 
47 minutes of the track on the Georgia side of the border. 
Remarkably, no fatalities occurred in Georgia but seven injuries were 
reported in and around Talbotton.

Survey Team: Nelson/Atwell/Thiem/Stellman/Black

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.Crawford and Peach County Tornado...

Rating:                 EF-2
Estimated Peak Wind:    115 mph 
Path Length /statute/:  6.7 miles 
Path Width /maximum/:   420 yards 
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               1

Start Date:             Mar 3 2019
Start Time:             315 PM EST
Start Location:         4.8 miles NW of Fort Valley
Start Lat/Lon:          32.5998 / -83.9492

End Date:               Mar 3 2019
End Time:               322 PM EST
End Location:           5.0 miles SW of Byron
End Lat/Lon:            32.6252 / -83.8389

Survey Summary: 
A fast-moving supercell thunderstorm produced a tornado in eastern
Crawford County which began along Lee Pope Road as an EF-0 tornado
where large pine trees were uprooted. The tornado continued moving
east-northeastward with a relatively narrow width of around 90 yards 
upon reaching Greer Road, at which point winds increased into the 
low-end EF-2 range. A mobile home on Greer Road was flipped and 
demolished, and a vehicle was flipped and rolled. One woman inside 
the mobile home sustained a broken ankle when the home was destroyed. 
The tornado briefly weakened to an EF-1, downing trees as it crossed
Walton Road, before reaching low-end EF-2 intensity for a second time
along Wesley Chapel Road. A home at this location had its roof 
completely removed and some exterior walls collapsed. A neighboring
home sustained roof damage from the large amount of flying debris. 
The tornado again weakened to EF-1 intensity as it crossed into Peach 
County, downing or uprooting a number of trees along Taylors Mill
Road where its maximum width was achieved. Pecan farming equipment
was overturned and a farming shed was destroyed as the tornado
crossed Vinson Road. The tornado lifted after downing pecan trees
along Oak Way.

Survey Team: Deese/Willis

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.Twiggs County (Huber) Tornado...

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    90 mph
Path Length /statute/:  1.2 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   300 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Mar 3 2019
Start Time:             342 PM EST
Start Location:         0.6 miles SW of Huber
Start Lat/Lon:          32.7023 / -83.5584

End Date:               Mar 3 2019
End Time:               344 PM EST
End Location:           0.6 miles SE of Huber
End Lat/Lon:            32.7021 / -83.5387

Survey Summary: 
The same supercell that produced the earlier Crawford and Peach
County tornado produced a second tornado after crossing into Twiggs
County in the small community of Huber. The tornado touched down very
near the KaMin factory on Huber Road where a number of large trees
were snapped or uprooted. The tornado then produced further EF-1
damage between Huber Road and Huber Clay County Road where a large
number of pine trees were snapped or uprooted. A number of other
trees were snapped or uprooted near the Chance Hill Church on Cochran
Short Route /US-23/. A pine tree was downed on a house near this
location as well before the tornado lifted shortly thereafter.

Survey Team: Deese/Willis

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.Telfair County Tornado #1...

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:    80 mph
Path Length /statute/:  4.1 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   150 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Mar 3 2019
Start Time:             405 PM EST
Start Location:         0.9 miles SE of Workmore
Start Lat/Lon:          31.9255 / -82.9292
End Date:               Mar 3 2019
End Time:               409 PM EST
End Location:           4.4 miles E of Workmore
End Lat/Lon:            31.9436 / -82.8646

Survey Summary:
A supercell in Ben Hill county moved into Telfair county around 330
PM EST and produced a tornado just south of the core of the storm
near the Workmore community south of McRae. The tornado began near
the intersection of Workmore Milan Rd and Macedonia Church Rd where
the porch off of a home was completely ripped out of its concrete
footings and thrown 100 yards. Minor roof damage also occurred to the
house and wood power pole adjacent to the house was also snapped. The
tornado traveled ENE along Macedonia Church Rd downing around a dozen
trees before lifting near the intersection with Big Horse Creek Rd.

The Valdosta WSR-88D /KVAX/ did observed a weak Tornado Debris 
Signature /TDS/ with this storm and interestingly may have preceded 
tornadogenesis by 1-2 minutes.

Survey Team: Nelson/Reaves

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.Telfair County Tornado #2...

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:    85 mph
Path Length /statute/:  0.4 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   100 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Mar 3 2019
Start Time:             409 PM EST
Start Location:         4.4 miles ENE of Jacksonville
Start Lat/Lon:          31.8517 / -82.8568
End Date:               Mar 3 2019
End Time:               409 PM EST
End Location:           4.8 miles ENE of Jacksonville
End Lat/Lon:            31.8529 / -82.8504

Survey Summary:
The same supercell that produced the tornado east of the Workmore
community in Telfair County also produced another short-lived EF-0
tornado 5 minutes later further south at the tip of the reflectivity
hook/appendage where strong rotation was also observed. This tornado
touched down about 3/4ths of a mile northwest of the intersection of
Big Horse Creek Rd and East River Rd where it lifted and threw a
chicken house 50 feet into a shed. Several trees were also snapped
along the path before it lifted less than 1/2 mile from where it
started. 

Survey Team: Nelson/Reaves

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.Wilkinson County Tornado...

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    105 mph
Path Length /statute/:  3.3 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   630 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Mar 3 2019
Start Time:             418 PM EST
Start Location:         1.4 miles S of Toomsboro
Start Lat/Lon:          32.8071 / -83.0795
End Date:               Mar 3 2019
End Time:               420 PM EST
End Location:           2.5 miles ENE of Toomsboro
End Lat/Lon:            32.8331 / -83.0364

Survey Summary:
The same supercell thunderstorm that produced the Crawford/Peach and 
Twiggs County tornadoes produced a third tornado in eastern Wilkinson
County. The tornado touched down south of Toomsboro just west of 
Highway 112 /Nickelsville Toomsboro Road/ and quickly reached EF-1 
strength, downing and snapping trees along Highway 112. The tornado 
continued northeastward, reaching its maximum width as it crossed 
Highway 57 /Irwinton Road/. Numerous trees were snapped and uprooted
in this area. From this point, the tornado traversed a very rural
wooded area and reached the Dixie Mine, where the emergency manager
reported numerous trees were snapped and uprooted, and some roofing
damage occurred to buildings at the mine site. The tornado track then
ended in a very remote and inaccessible woodland area near the Oconee
River.

Survey Team: Deese/Willis

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.Northern Harris County Tornado...

Rating:                 EF-1 
Estimated Peak Wind:    100 mph 
Path Length /statute/:  7.5 miles 
Path Width /maximum/:   900 yards 
Fatalities:             0 
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Mar 3 2019
Start Time:             419 PM EST
Start Location:         5.5 miles WSW of Pine Mountain
Start Lat/Lon:          32.8360 / -84.9421

End Date:               Mar 3 2019
End Time:               428 PM EST
End Location:           1.8 miles E of Pine Mountain
End Lat/Lon:            32.8665 / -84.8197

Survey Summary: 
A supercell thunderstorm moved into northern Harris county and 
produced a tornado which began just west of the intersection of 
Hopewell Church Rd and Hamilton Pleasant Grove Rd. As the tornado 
traveled east-northeast along GA-18, the tornado intensified 
downing hundreds of trees, several falling on homes. As the tornado 
approached the city of Pine Mountain, the width of the tornado 
increased to near one-half mile but fortunately only increased to
a maximum intensity of 100 mph as it moved across the south parts 
of the city. A large tree fell onto an apartment on S. King Ave 
destroying one of the rooms on the second floor. The tornado 
weakened as it continued east before lifting just west of the 
intersection of Davis Lake Rd and Cold Springs Rd.

Survey Team: Nelson/Atwell

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.Western Washington County (Oconee) Tornado...

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    90 mph
Path Length /statute/:  0.5 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   200 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Mar 3 2019
Start Time:             424 PM EST
Start Location:         0.7 miles SW of Oconee
Start Lat/Lon:          32.8477 / -82.9564

End Date:               Mar 3 2019
End Time:               425 PM EST
End Location:           0.6 miles SE of Oconee
End Lat/Lon:            32.8488 / -82.9471

Survey Summary:
After producing the tornado in eastern Wilkinson County near
Toomsboro, the ongoing supercell thunderstorm produced another brief
EF-1 tornado in the small community of Oconee in Washington County.
The tornado tracked along Kaolin Road, downing and snapping a number
of trees. Sections of shingles were removed from the roof of a home
on Kaolin Road and a backyard shed at the same home was flipped and
heavily damaged. The tornado downed a large tree on a home at the
corner of Kaolin Road and Highway 272 and downed a number of other
trees alongside Highway 272 before ending just east of the highway. 

Survey Team: Deese/Willis

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.Washington County Tornado #2...

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    105 mph
Path Length /statute/:  1.5 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   290 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Mar 3 2019
Start Time:             436 PM EST
Start Location:         5.5 miles SW of Tennille
Start Lat/Lon:          32.8643 / -82.8495

End Date:               Mar 3 2019
End Time:               438 PM EST
End Location:           4.7 miles SW of Tennille
End Lat/Lon:            32.8690 / -82.8259

Survey Summary: 
The ongoing supercell thunderstorm that had intermittently produced 
tornadoes along its path produced another brief EF-1 tornado in 
Washington County. The tornado touched down along GA-68 just south 
of Hazard Rd where a large number of trees were snapped or uprooted.
The tornado then continued east-northeastward along Old Savannah
Road, snapping and downing numerous trees along the roadway before
lifting.

Survey Team: Deese/Willis

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.Washington County Tornado #3...

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    95 mph
Path Length /statute/:  0.2 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   85 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Mar 3 2019
Start Time:             455 PM EST
Start Location:         3.1 miles SSW of Davisboro
Start Lat/Lon:          32.9334 / -82.6144

End Date:               Mar 3 2019
End Time:               455 PM EST
End Location:           3.0 miles S of Davisboro
End Lat/Lon:            32.9345 / -82.6115

Survey Summary: 
The long-lived supercell thunderstorm that produced a other tornadoes
along its track produced a final very brief tornado in Washington
County. The EF-1 tornado touched down just south of Heards Bridge
Road and impacted a farm outbuilding and an old reinforced concrete
silo. The silo collapsed, and the concrete debris scattered across a
field, impacting and downing nearby power lines. The tornado lifted
shortly after causing this damage with no other damage found
downstream.

Survey Team: Deese/Willis

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The following damage survey below is a joint statement
from NWS Birmingham and NWS Peachtree City/Atlanta covering the 
significant damage/surveys of the long-track tornado which was on 
the ground from just north of Eufaula, Alabama (Barbour County) to
near Weston, Georgia (Webster County). Please see below for more
details.


.Barbour (AL)/Quitman/Stewart/Webster county Tornado (complete 
path)...

Rating:                 EF-2
Estimated Peak Wind:    125-130 mph
Path Length /statute/:  31.0 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   860 yards (nearly 1/2 mile)
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             03/03/2019 
Start Time:             3:58 PM CST /4:58 PM EST/
Start Location:         3 miles NW Old Town Creek Rec Area (AL)
Start Lat/Lon:          31.9483 / -85.1537

End Date:               03/03/2019
End Time:               4:32 PM CST /5:32 PM EST/
End Location:           1.7 miles SW of Weston (Webster County GA)
End Lat/Lon:            31.96420 / -84.62905


.Barbour County (Alabama) Tornado...

NWS Birmingham (Alabama) portion of the survey/tornado track.

Rating:                 EF-2
Estimated Peak Wind:    130 mph
Path Length (Statute):  4.2 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   600 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             03/03/2019 
Start Time:             3:58 PM CST /4:58 PM EST/
Start Location:         3 miles NW Old Town Creek Rec Area
Start Lat/Lon:          31.9483 / -85.1537

End Date:               03/03/2019
End Time:               4:03 PM CST /5:03 PM EST/
End Location:           3 miles NE Old Town Creek Rec Area
End Lat/Lon:            31.9485 / -85.0833

Survey Summary: 

From NWS Birmingham...

A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ABOUT 4 MILES NORTH OF EUFAULA, BETWEEN US 
HIGHWAY 82 AND US HIGHWAY 431. THE TORNADO STARTED AT THE VERY END
OF HIDDEN ACRES ROAD, DUE WEST OF WEEDON FIELD. AT THIS INITIAL 
POINT, SEVERAL TREES WERE KNOCKED DOWN AND A FEW OUTBUILDINGS WERE
DAMAGED. THE TORNADO CONTINUED EAST NORTHEAST AND CROSSED COUNTY 
ROAD 97. HERE, THE TORNADO STRENGTHENED SLIGHTLY. NUMEROUS TREES 
WERE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED, A FEW MOBILE HOMES SUFFERED DAMAGED, AND
A FEW HOMES SUFFERED SOME ROOF DAMAGE. THE TORNADO STAYED ON ITS 
PATH AND ENTERED THE WEEDON FIELD COMPLEX. THIS IS WHERE THE MOST 
EXTENSIVE DAMAGE OCCURRED. NUMEROUS TREES AROUND THE COMPLEX WERE 
SNAPPED AND UPROOTED. ONE HOME SUFFERED DAMAGE, SEVERAL METAL 
STRUCTURE BUILDINGS WERE COMPLETELY DESTROYED, AND SEVERAL 
AIRPLANES WERE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. THE TORNADO MOVED EASTWARD 
AND WEAKENED SLIGHTLY AFTER CROSSING US HIGHWAY 431. THE TORNADO
DAMAGED A FEW BUILDINGS AND DOWNED TREES ALONG ROSELAND DRIVE. 
SOME EVALUATION OF THE DAMAGE EAST OF US HIGHWAY 431 IS STILL 
UNDERWAY. THE TORNADO THEN CROSSED WALTER F GEORGE RESERVOIR 
(CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER) AND INTO GEORGIA WHERE IT WAS STILL PRODUCING
DAMAGE. THE TORNADO DAMAGE PATH WAS 4.20 MILES LONG AND WAS 600 
YARDS WIDE AT ITS WIDEST POINT.

.Quitman/Stewart/Webster County Tornado...

NWS Peachtree City/Atlanta portion of the survey/tornado track.

Rating:                 EF-2
Estimated Peak Wind:    125 mph
Path Length (Statute):  26.8 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   860 yards (nearly 1/2 mile)
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             03/03/2019 
Start Time:             5:03 PM EST /4:03 PM CST/
Start Location:         Chattahoochee River along AL/GA state line Start 
Lat/Lon:                31.94854 / -85.08325

End Date:               03/03/2019
End Time:               5:32 PM EST
End Location:           1.7 miles SW of Weston (Webster County)
End Lat/Lon:            31.96420 / -84.62905

Survey Summary: 

From NWS Peachtree City/Atlanta...

A strong/cycling tornado crossed into Georgia along the Chattahoochee
River, about 2-3 miles south of Lakepoint Resort State Park, causing
considerable tree damage along State Hwy 39 in northern Quitman county.
The tornado raced east with more trees snapped or uprooted along
Hwy 27, just south of CR 10. Based on the surveyable damage (mainly
trees), EF-0 to EF-1 damage was noted with max wind speeds estimated
around 100 mph. The tornado appeared to briefly weaken near Hwy 27,
but quickly re-intensified as it crossed the Quitman/Stewart county
line. 

Entering Stewart County, the tornado crossed mainly forested areas
with numerous large trees snapped or uprooted. Ground surveys were
difficult the first few miles into Stewart county due to inaccessible
roads, however radar data continued to confirm a tornado. The
supercell/tornado made a slight turn to the northeast crossing
Wesley Chapel Road, and as it approached Philadelphia Road, the
tornado reached its maximum intensity (and width), destroying
multiple large metal-framed barns and moving several large pieces
of farming equipment, including a cotton picker. In addition, a
single-family home had its entire roof and most exterior walls
pulled apart. A family of two with 3 dogs survived the tornado in
their hallway with no major injury. Also near this location, just
east of John Logan Road, several campers were flipped over and
destroyed. No reports of injuries with the campers.

The strong tornado continued east-northeast crossing US/GA Hwy
1/27. Near this location it was mainly trees that were either
snapped or uprooted within about 600-700 yard swath. Just east of
this location, along CR 145, the tornado ripped hundreds of large
trees up, snapping many of them near the base. This was another
area of EF-2 damage based on the extensive tree damage. Following
this point, the tornado began to cycle down and weaken but still
caused damage to a number of trees between CR 148 and Goodwins 
Pond Road as it approached the Webster county line. Just into
Webster County, along SR 41 and Goodwin Cutoff Rd, the tornado
finally lifted with just a few tree branches snapped. In a large
open field west of Goodwin Cutoff Rd, a portion of a large
irrigation system was flipped over. No further damage was seen or
reported east of the SR 41/Goodwin Cutoff Rd.

NWS Survey Team: Nadler/Stellman

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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 events and publication in NWS
Storm Data.

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