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528 PM EDT Tue Mar 20 2018

...NWS Damage Survey For 03/19/18 Tornado/Severe Weather Event...

An intense storm system impacted much of north and central 
Georgia Monday evening (March 19), resulting in areas of 
significant thunderstorm wind damage along with several tornadoes.
In conjunction with local/county emergency management, NWS 
Peachtree City conducted two separate surveys today, one in 
Haralson County and the other in South Fulton County. Details on 
each event are listed below. 

Note: This statement will be updated later this evening with 
additional damaging wind and tornado information.

.South Fulton County Tornado...

Rating:                 EF-2
Estimated Peak Wind:    120 mph
Path Length /statute/:  0.5 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   315 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Mar 19 2018
Start Time:             11:11 PM EDT
Start Location:         4.5 miles northwest of Fairburn
Start Lat/Lon:          33.622599 / -84.625235

End Date:               Mar 19 2018
End Time:               11:14 PM EDT
End Location:           5 miles north-northwest of Fairburn
End Lat/Lon:            33.626745 / -84.617553

Survey Summary:
A very brief but strong tornado wrapped up and touched down in the
South Fulton community between Fairburn and Campbellton, late on
Monday evening. Much of the damage was to 2-story residential
homes in the Chestnut Ridge neighborhood. More than 50 homes
sustained some visible damage with at least half of these seeing
significant damage. The worst of the damage occurred along Jumpers
Trace between Jodhpur Road and Suffolk Lane. In this small area,
numerous homes had large sections of the roof removed along with
large pieces of the exterior walls (mainly on one or two sides)
removed. Based on this consistent structural damage, the tornado
earned its EF-2 rating with maximum winds estimated around 120
mph. Large trees running along the north and east areas of the 
neighborhood were snapped or uprooted.

As quickly as the tornado developed, it dissipated as the 
supercell tracked east across Hwy 92 just north of Jones Road. 
Just east of Hwy 92 in a separate neighborhood, there was one 
house that lost part of its roof and several along Winstar Lane 
that only lost shingles or small pieces of siding. Just past this
location, there was no further damage seen, hence the ending 
point being around 1/2 mile away from its starting location. 

NWS Survey conducted by: Nadler


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.