PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PEACHTREE CITY GA
449 PM EST SAT MAR 8 2008

...PRELIMINARY REPORT FOR MARCH 7TH DOUGLAS COUNTY TORNADO...

A DAMAGE SURVEY TEAM FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST
OFFICE IN PEACHTREE CITY HAS CONFIRMED THAT AN EF1 TORNADO TRACKED
ACROSS A PORTION OF DOUGLAS COUNTY BETWEEN 725 AND 740 PM EST.

THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ALONG THE 4300 BLOCK OF HAMPTON MILL
DRIVE...WHICH IS APPROXIMATELY 4 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF
DOUGLASVILLE. THE TORNADO TRACKED NORTHEAST WITH A PATH LENGTH OF
7 MILES AND A MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH OF 100 YARDS. MAXIMUM WIND SPEEDS
ARE ESTIMATED NEAR 110 MPH...WHICH IS A HIGH END EF1 ON THE
ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE. THE TORNADO DISSIPATED ALONG VULCAN DRIVE
AT BEAVER RUN CREEK...OR APPROXIMATELY 5 MILES EAST-NORTHEAST OF
DOUGLASVILLE.

AT LEAST 50 HOMES WERE DAMAGED BY THE TORNADO. DAMAGES RANGED FROM
DISPLACED SHINGLES AND ROOF DAMAGE...TO BROKEN WINDOWS AND DOWNED
CHIMNEYS...TO A BUCKLED GARAGE DOOR AND A PARTIAL EXTERIOR WALL
FAILURE OF A PERMANENT RESIDENCE. A MOBILE HOME WAS COMPLETELY
DESTROYED WHEN SEVERAL LARGE PINE TREES FELL ON THE STRUCTURE. IN
ADDITION...THE ROOF OF A SUPERMARKET WAS PARTIALLY DAMAGED...AND
AN AIR CONDITIONING UNIT WAS BLOWN INTO THE PARKING LOT.

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