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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Morristown TN
1118 AM EDT Mon Mar 26 2018 /1018 AM CDT Mon Mar 26 2018/


...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 3/17/18 TORNADO EVENT - UPDATE 2...


.McMinn County Tennessee Tornado...

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:    85 mph
Path Length /Statute/:  0.39 miles
Path Width /Maximum/:   100 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Mar 17 2018 
Start Time:             723 pm EDT
Start Location:         4.25 NNE Etowah / McMinn County / TN
Start Lat/Lon:          35.3738 / -84.5758

End Date:               Mar 17 2018
End Time:               724 pm EDT
End Location:           4.25 NNE Etowah / McMinn County / TN
END_LAT/LON:            35.3733 / -84.5690

Survey Summary: The tornado probably started somewhere on the 
eastern side of the Ridgewood Golf Club and tracked eastward. 
It went through a patch of trees where many softwoods were 
uprooted or snapped in the upper part of the trunk. The tornado 
exited the trees and dissipated a short distance over a field 
where only a couple of trees were damaged.

.Cherokee County North Carolina Tornado...

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:    85 mph
Path Length /Statute/:  0.63 miles
Path Width /Maximum/:   100 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Mar 17 2018 
Start Time:             817 pm EDT
Start Location:         6 E Murphy / Cherokee County / NC
Start Lat/Lon:          35.0946 / -83.9271

End Date:               Mar 17 2018
End Time:               818 pm EDT
End Location:           6.5 E Murphy / Cherokee County / NC
END_LAT/LON:            35.0934 / -83.9161

Survey Summary: This tornado started near Upper Peachtree Road
and Lizzie Elliot Road. It damaged a business nearby this 
intersection and tracked into the field behind it. There was 
debris scattered about the field and an overturned trailer 
near the creek. The tornado crossed and dissipated just past 
Lunsford Road and Pipes Branch. There was extensive tree and 
structural damage to homes and barns along Lunsford Road.

.Clay County North Carolina Tornado...

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:    85 mph
Path Length /Statute/:  1.51 miles
Path Width /Maximum/:   120 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Mar 17 2018
Start Time:             832 pm EDT
Start Location:         3.5 NW Hayesville / Clay County / NC
Start Lat/Lon:          35.0759 / -83.8679

End Date:               Mar 17 2018
End Time:               839 pm EDT
End Location:           2 NW Hayesville / Clay County / NC
END_LAT/LON:            35.0699 / -83.8423           

Survey Summary: The tornado started approximately near Fires 
Creek Road and Barlow Fields Drive. This was a non-continuous
track more than likely due to the terrain. There was extensive 
softwood tree damage noted with most trees uprooted. Many trees 
were snapped in the upper third of their trunks, too. Trees 
also fell on homes and vehicles along the track. The rear flank 
downdraft winds were impressive particularly along Lance Cove 
Road and Sweetwater Bend just south of the Hiawassee River. The 
tornado weakened and ended near Poplar Cove just south of the 
Hiawassee River.

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 200mph
EF5...Violent...>200mph

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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