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Issued: 2:54 PM EST Feb. 15, 2019 – National Weather Service

... Update on NWS damage analysis for 02/12/19 severe weather
event across parts of central Georgia...

.Update #2... An additional tornado has been confirmed in northern
Fayette County, north of Fayetteville. Please see below for more
details.

.Overview... A line of strong to severe thunderstorms moved east
across north and central Georgia on Tuesday afternoon /February
12/. The line produced multiple areas of wind damage across mainly
central Georgia. Based on ground surveys conducted by NWS Peachtree
City meteorologists, and in conjunction with local/County emergency
management, we have confirmed at least 3 short-lived tornadoes
that were associated with the line of showers/storms.

Note, we remain in the process of collecting and analyzing storm
damage from various counties across central Georgia. Additional
entries of tornadoes or notable thunderstorm wind damage could be
included in the next few days.

.Fayette County tornado...

Rating: EF-0
estimated peak wind: 65-70 mph
path length /statute/: 0.6 miles
path width /maximum/: 150 yards
fatalities: 0
injuries: 0

Start date: Feb 12 2019
start time: 1:29 PM EST
start location: 3.8 miles NNW of Fayetteville
start lat/lon: 33.50297 / -84.47912

End date: Feb 12 2019
end time: 1:30 PM EST
end location: 4.3 miles NNW of Fayetteville
end lat/lon: 33.50576 / -84.47008

Survey summary:
a weak qlcs tornado touched down briefly several miles north of
Fayetteville, in northern Fayette County around 1:30 in the
afternoon (tuesday, February 12). Several trees were snapped or
uprooted in a locally concentrated area between Bentley way and
Thorton drive/court, including new Oakridge trail. A brief,
shallow tornado debris signature (tds) showed up along this path
from Peachtree City (ffc) radar which helped support the weak /
EF-0 tornado. Sporadic reports of 'one or two trees' down on
either side of this area were likely due to strong thunderstorm
winds associated with the line.


.Locust Grove (henry county) tornado...

Rating: EF-0
estimated peak wind: 75 mph
path length /statute/: 0.9 miles
path width /maximum/: 100 yards
fatalities: 0
injuries: 0

Start date: Feb 12 2019
start time: 2:12 PM EST
start location: 0.8 miles se of Locust Grove
start lat/lon: 33.33928 / -84.09713

End date: Feb 12 2019
end time: 2:14 PM EST
end location: 1.9 miles se of Locust Grove
end lat/lon: 33.33337 / -84.08335

Survey summary: a very brief qlcs tornado touched down just
southeast of Locust Grove in southern Henry County. The tornado
snapped and uprooted several trees along (northside) of Hwy 42
between Barnes drive and Davis Road. Just before the tornado
lifted, the front and side porches of a residence were lifted up
and collapsed. No other damage was seen to the house. Based on
this and the tree damage, maximum winds likely reached around 75
mph which supports the EF-0 rating.


.Clayton County (forest Park/Lake city) tornado...

Rating: EF-0
estimated peak wind: 75 mph
path length /statute/: 3.0 miles
path width /maximum/: 100 yards
fatalities: 0
injuries: 0

Start date: Feb 12 2019
start time: 1:33 PM EST
start location: 1.7 miles north of Riverdale
start lat/lon: 33.597751 / -84.363415

End date: Feb 12 2019
end time: 1:39 PM EST
end location: 0.8 miles SSE of Forest Park
end lat/lon: 33.609243 / -84.357071

Survey summary:
a classic quasi-linear convective system (qlcs) tornado occurred
in northern Clayton County early Tuesday afternoon (february 12),
with damage first notable near an apartment complex off of GA Hwy
85 between Forest Park and Riverdale. Several trees were snapped
on either side of the Highway. The tornado ripped a few shingles
off the roofs of the apartments and uprooted several additional
trees as it moved east-northeast. Additional trees were snapped or
uprooted off of Pineridge drive, between Virginia Circle and ash
street. The last bit of damage occurred off school Lane as several
large tree limbs fell on a house. There was no additional damage
noted immediately downstream from this location, but as the line
of storms continued east, some minor damage was seen in the
Ellenwood area, east of I-675. We do not believe this was
associated with 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 events and publication in NWS
storm data.


254 PM EST Fri Feb 15 2019

... Update on NWS damage analysis for 02/12/19 severe weather
event across parts of central Georgia...

.Update #2... An additional tornado has been confirmed in northern
Fayette County, north of Fayetteville. Please see below for more
details.

.Overview... A line of strong to severe thunderstorms moved east
across north and central Georgia on Tuesday afternoon /February
12/. The line produced multiple areas of wind damage across mainly
central Georgia. Based on ground surveys conducted by NWS Peachtree
City meteorologists, and in conjunction with local/County emergency
management, we have confirmed at least 3 short-lived tornadoes
that were associated with the line of showers/storms.

Note, we remain in the process of collecting and analyzing storm
damage from various counties across central Georgia. Additional
entries of tornadoes or notable thunderstorm wind damage could be
included in the next few days.

.Fayette County tornado...

Rating: EF-0
estimated peak wind: 65-70 mph
path length /statute/: 0.6 miles
path width /maximum/: 150 yards
fatalities: 0
injuries: 0

Start date: Feb 12 2019
start time: 1:29 PM EST
start location: 3.8 miles NNW of Fayetteville
start lat/lon: 33.50297 / -84.47912

End date: Feb 12 2019
end time: 1:30 PM EST
end location: 4.3 miles NNW of Fayetteville
end lat/lon: 33.50576 / -84.47008

Survey summary:
a weak qlcs tornado touched down briefly several miles north of
Fayetteville, in northern Fayette County around 1:30 in the
afternoon (tuesday, February 12). Several trees were snapped or
uprooted in a locally concentrated area between Bentley way and
Thorton drive/court, including new Oakridge trail. A brief,
shallow tornado debris signature (tds) showed up along this path
from Peachtree City (ffc) radar which helped support the weak /
EF-0 tornado. Sporadic reports of 'one or two trees' down on
either side of this area were likely due to strong thunderstorm
winds associated with the line.


.Locust Grove (henry county) tornado...

Rating: EF-0
estimated peak wind: 75 mph
path length /statute/: 0.9 miles
path width /maximum/: 100 yards
fatalities: 0
injuries: 0

Start date: Feb 12 2019
start time: 2:12 PM EST
start location: 0.8 miles se of Locust Grove
start lat/lon: 33.33928 / -84.09713

End date: Feb 12 2019
end time: 2:14 PM EST
end location: 1.9 miles se of Locust Grove
end lat/lon: 33.33337 / -84.08335

Survey summary: a very brief qlcs tornado touched down just
southeast of Locust Grove in southern Henry County. The tornado
snapped and uprooted several trees along (northside) of Hwy 42
between Barnes drive and Davis Road. Just before the tornado
lifted, the front and side porches of a residence were lifted up
and collapsed. No other damage was seen to the house. Based on
this and the tree damage, maximum winds likely reached around 75
mph which supports the EF-0 rating.


.Clayton County (forest Park/Lake city) tornado...

Rating: EF-0
estimated peak wind: 75 mph
path length /statute/: 3.0 miles
path width /maximum/: 100 yards
fatalities: 0
injuries: 0

Start date: Feb 12 2019
start time: 1:33 PM EST
start location: 1.7 miles north of Riverdale
start lat/lon: 33.597751 / -84.363415

End date: Feb 12 2019
end time: 1:39 PM EST
end location: 0.8 miles SSE of Forest Park
end lat/lon: 33.609243 / -84.357071

Survey summary:
a classic quasi-linear convective system (qlcs) tornado occurred
in northern Clayton County early Tuesday afternoon (february 12),
with damage first notable near an apartment complex off of GA Hwy
85 between Forest Park and Riverdale. Several trees were snapped
on either side of the Highway. The tornado ripped a few shingles
off the roofs of the apartments and uprooted several additional
trees as it moved east-northeast. Additional trees were snapped or
uprooted off of Pineridge drive, between Virginia Circle and ash
street. The last bit of damage occurred off school Lane as several
large tree limbs fell on a house. There was no additional damage
noted immediately downstream from this location, but as the line
of storms continued east, some minor damage was seen in the
Ellenwood area, east of I-675. We do not believe this was
associated with 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 events and publication in NWS
storm data.