PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PEACHTREE CITY GA
1005 PM EST MON FEB 18 2008

...PRELIMINARY REPORT FOR 17 FEBRUARY 2008 TORNADO AND WIND
DAMAGE REPORTED ACROSS PARTS OF CENTRAL GEORGIA...

A STRONG UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE...A WARM MOIST AIRMASS AND STRONG
SOUTHERLY WINDS NEAR THE SURFACE COMBINED TO PRODUCE SEVERAL STRONG
SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORMS SUNDAY EVENING THAT CAUSED DAMAGE ACROSS
PARTS OF CENTRAL GEORGIA. THE MORE NOTED STORM WAS A LONG LIVED
SUPERCELL THAT TRACKED NORTHEASTWARD ACROSS PORTIONS OF STEWART...
CHATTAHOOCHEE... MARION... TAYLOR... CRAWFORD... BIBB... AND JONES
COUNTIES.

THE FOLLOWING ARE PRELIMINARY DAMAGE REPORTS COLLECTED BY TWO
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DAMAGE SURVEY TEAMS THAT INVESTIGATED THE
STORM DAMAGE ALONG THE PATH OF A LONG LIVED SUPERCELL THAT TRACKED
ACROSS 7 COUNTIES.

STEWART COUNTY...
AROUND 455 PM...AN EF0 TORNADO WITH 70 TO 80 MPH WINDS...JUMPED THE
CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER AND CAUSED TREE AND ROAD SIGN DAMAGE ALONG
HIGHWAY 39 NEAR OMAHA. THE WEAK TORNADO THEN TRACKED OVER SWAMP
LAND...SO A PATH LENGTH WAS UNABLE TO BE DETERMINED IN STEWART
COUNTY. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.

CHATTAHOOCHEE COUNTY...
AROUND 505 PM...AN EF0 TORNADO WITH 70 TO 80 MPH WINDS PUSHED INTO
SOUTH CHATTAHOOCHEE COUNTY ABOUT 2 MILES SOUTH OF JAMESTOWN WHERE A
SINGLE WIDE MOBILE HOME WAS ROLLED. THE EF0 TORNADO TRACKED ACROSS
HIGHWAY 280 NEAR CUSSETA AND CONTINUED TO HIGHWAY 137 AT THE
CHATTAHOOCHEE AND MARION COUNTY LINE. NUMEROUS TREES AND POWERLINES
WERE DOWNED OR DAMAGED ALONG THE 12 MILE LONG AND 100 YARD WIDE
SPOTTY DAMAGE PATH. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.

MARION COUNTY...
AROUND 525 PM...AN EF0 TORNADO PUSHED INTO MARION COUNTY NEAR
HIGHWAY 137 ON THE COUNTY LINE AND TRACKED NORTHEASTWARD ACROSS
CENTRAL MARION COUNTY...TRACKING ACROSS HIGHWAY 41 ABOUT 5 MILES
NORTH OF BUENA VISTA AND PUSHING INTO THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE
COUNTY NEAR HIGHWAY 240 ON THE COUNTY LINE. THE SPOTTY DAMAGE PATH
WAS APPROXIMATELY 16 MILES LONG AND 100 YARDS WIDE...CAUSING MOSTLY
TREE AND POWERLINE DAMAGE ALONG THE WAY. THE MORE NOTABLE DAMAGE WAS
A MANUFACTURED HOME HEAVILY DAMAGED AROUND 550 PM ABOUT 2 MILES
SOUTHWEST OF MAUK. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.

TAYLOR COUNTY...
AROUND 600 PM...AN EF0 TORNADO ENTERED TAYLOR COUNTY ABOUT 1 MILE
SOUTH OF MAUK AND TRACKED ACROSS CENTRAL TAYLOR COUNTY...CROSSING
HIGHWAY 19 ABOUT 3 MILES NORTH OF BUTLER...THEN TRACKING ACROSS THE
HIGHWAY 208 AND 137 INTERSECT BEFORE EXITING THE NORTHEAST PART OF
THE COUNTY. NUMEROUS TREES AND POWERLINES WERE DOWNED ALONG THIS
APPROXIMATELY 20 MILE LONG AND 100 YARD WIDE SPOTTY DAMAGE PATH.
THE MORE NOTABLE DAMAGE OCCURRED ABOUT 3 MILES NORTHEAST OF BUTLER
WHERE TWO MOBILE HOMES WERE DESTROYED AND 3 OTHER HOMES DAMAGED. NO
INJURIES WERE REPORTED.

CRAWFORD COUNTY...
AROUND 620 PM...AN EF1 TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ABOUT 5 MILES SOUTHWEST
OF ROBERTA NEAR WALKER CHAPEL ROAD AND TRACKED NORTHEASTWARD...
CROSSING HIGHWAY 341 JUST NORTH OF ROBERTA AND LIFTING SOMEWHERE
NEAR SALEM CHURCH ROAD ABOUT 4 MILES NORTHEAST OF ROBERTA. THE
DAMAGE PATH WAS ABOUT 8 MILES LONG AND 250 YARDS WIDE AT VARIOUS
POINTS. ALONG THE PATH...THE TORNADO DESTROYED 9 STRUCTURES AND
DAMAGED 3 OTHERS...MOST OF WHICH WERE MANUFACTURED HOMES. THERE WERE
6 INJURIES...2 CRITICAL...ALL IN THE AREA OF FELTON ROAD. AFTER THE
TORNADO LIFTED...THE STRONG SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORM CONTINUED TO
TRACK NORTHEASTWARD INTO NORTHERN BIBB COUNTY.

BIBB COUNTY...
FROM AROUND 645 PM TO 655 PM...A STRONG SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORM
PRODUCING 80 TO 90 MPH WINDS...TRACKED ACROSS NORTH BIBB COUNTY FROM
JUST NORTH OF LIZELLA TO NEAR ARKWRIGHT. THE DAMAGE PATH BEGAN
AROUND 4 MILES NORTHEAST OF LIZELLA AND CONTINUED INTO THE ARKWRIGHT
AREA. ALONG THIS PATH...THE SUPERCELL PRODUCED 80 TO 90 MPH STRAIGHT
LINE WINDS THAT SNAPPED AND DOWNED NUMEROUS PINE AND OAK TREES AND
CAUSED ROOF DAMAGE TO SEVERAL HOMES AND OFFICE BUILDINGS. A LARGE
PORTION OF THE DAMAGE WAS CONCENTRATED ALONG ARKWRIGHT ROAD. THE
SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORM CONTINUED TO TRACK NORTHEASTWARD INTO WEST
CENTRAL JONES COUNTY. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.

JONES COUNTY...
AROUND 700 PM...THE LARGE SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORM PUSHED INTO WEST
CENTRAL JONES COUNTY...ABOUT 1 MILE EAST-SOUTHEAST OF ARKWRIGHT
WHERE 90 MPH STRAIGHT LINE WINDS DID SUBSTANTIAL ROOF AND WINDOW
DAMAGE TO A HOME IN RIVER NORTH SUBDIVISION...MINOR DAMAGE TO OTHERS
AND DOWNED NUMEROUS TREES ALONG A 3 MILE PATH INTO CENTRAL JONES
COUNTY. THE DAMAGE PATH WAS ABOUT 100 YARDS WIDE. NO INJURIES WERE
REPORTED.

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