May 2, 2008
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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEMPHIS TN
1130 PM CDT SAT MAY 3 2008

...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DAMAGE SURVEY CREW HAS CONFIRMED THAT
AN EF2 TORNADO IMPACTED PORTIONS OF WESTERN DYER COUNTY TENNESSEE...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONDUCTED A GROUND SURVEY AND FOUND
TORNADO DAMAGE ALONG CHIC ROAD JUST WEST OF THE MOSS ISLAND STATE
WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA. THIS TORNADO RESULTED IN A ONE MILE LONG
DAMAGE PATH WITH A MAXIMUM WIDTH OF 40 YARDS. A MOBILE HOME WAS
DESTROYED AND POWER LINES WERE DOWNED. THIS TORNADO PRODUCED EF2
DAMAGE WITH ESTIMATED WINDS NEAR 115 MPH. THE TORNADO CONTINUED
NORTHEAST ACROSS THE GREAT RIVER ROAD MAIN LEVEE AND DISSIPATED.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WOULD LIKE TO THANK DYER COUNTY
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE WITH THIS STORM DAMAGE
SURVEY.

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEMPHIS TN
1121 PM CDT SAT MAY 3 2008

...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DAMAGE SURVEY CREW HAS CONFIRMED THAT
AN EF2 TORNADO IMPACTED PORTIONS OF WESTERN MISSISSIPPI COUNTY ARKANSAS...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONDUCTED A GROUND SURVEY AND FOUND A
NEARLY CONTINUOUS 4 MILE TORNADO DAMAGE PATH THAT BEGAN JUST SOUTH OF
ETOWAH...NEAR THE GARDEN POINT COMMUNITY...WHICH CONTINUED NORTHEAST
TO NEAR CARROLLS CORNER. THIS TORNADO PRODUCED EF2 TORNADO DAMAGE...WITH
MAXIMUM WINDS ESTIMATED AROUND 130 MPH AND A MAXIMUM WIDTH OF 150
YARDS.

THIS TORNADO DESTROYED A METAL BUILDING HOUSING AN AUTOMOTIVE
GARAGE...AND DAMAGED SEVERAL HOMES AND MOBILE HOMES. THERE WERE
SEVERAL DOWNED POWER LINES AND SNAPPED POWER POLES. A RECREATIONAL
VEHICLE AND AN IRRIGATION SYSTEM WAS ALSO OVERTURNED.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE MISSISSIPPI
COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT...LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS...AND
LOCAL RESIDENTS WHO HELPED WITH THIS STORM DAMAGE SURVEY.

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEMPHIS TN
1104 PM CDT SAT MAY 3 2008

...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DAMAGE SURVEY CREW HAS CONFIRMED THAT
AN EF3 TORNADO IMPACTED PORTIONS OF CRITTENDEN COUNTY ARKANSAS...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONDUCTED A GROUND SURVEY OF TORNADO
DAMAGE ACROSS NORTHERN PORTIONS OF CRITTENDEN COUNTY ARKANSAS. THE
TORNADO BEGAN JUST SOUTHWEST OF EARLE ARKANSAS AND PRODUCED A
NEARLY CONTINUOUS 12 MILE DAMAGE PATH NORTHEASTWARD INTO THE
COMMUNITY OF HEAFER. THIS TORNADO MOVED THROUGH THE CENTER OF
EARLE AND PRODUCED EXTENSIVE DAMAGE WITH A MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH OF
400 YARDS. IN EARLE...THE TORNADO REACHED ITS MAXIMUM INTENSITY
AND RESULTED IN EF3 DAMAGE...WHERE WINDS RANGED FROM 155 TO 165
MPH. THIS TORNADO SEVERELY DAMAGED THE HIGH SCHOOL...A CHURCH...AND
A NUMBER OF HOMES. A LARGE WAREHOUSE WAS ALSO STRUCK AND
EXPERIENCED EXTENSIVE DAMAGE. ADDITIONAL SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO
STRUCTURES ALSO OCCURRED BETWEEN EARLE AND THE COMMUNITY OF
HEAFER. THERE WERE 4 SERIOUS INJURIES AND SEVERAL MINOR INJURIES
REPORTED IN EARLE. NO TORNADO FATALITIES HAVE BEEN REPORTED.

AS THE TORNADO MOVED INTO THE COMMUNITY OF HEAFER...IT PRODUCED EF2
DAMAGE...WITH ESTIMATED WINDS BETWEEN 115 AND 125 MPH. THIS
RESULTED IN SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO A NUMBER OF HOMES...WITH 2
MOBILE HOMES DESTROYED. SEVERAL TREES AND POWER LINES WERE ALSO
DOWNED.

THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO PRODUCE INTERMITTENT EF0 TORNADO DAMAGE
AS IT MOVED NORTHEAST FROM HEAFER...BETWEEN THE TOWNS OF GILMORE
AND TURRELL...TO JUST WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER WHERE THE
TORNADO DAMAGE ENDED. ALONG THIS PORTION OF THE TORNADO
TRACK...ONLY MINOR TREE DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE CRITTENDEN
COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT...LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT
OFFICIALS...AND ALL OTHERS WHO HELPED WITH THIS STORM DAMAGE
SURVEY.

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEMPHIS TN
804 PM CDT SAT MAY 3 2008

...UNION COUNTY MISSISSIPPI STORM DAMAGE ASSESSMENT SURVEY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONDUCTED A GROUND SURVEY OF THE UNION
COUNTY TORNADO THAT WENT THROUGH THE COMMUNITY OF ENTERPRISE...THE
CITY OF NEW ALBANY...AND THE COMMUNITY OF KEOWNVILLE.

BASED ON THE SURVEY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONCLUDED THERE
WERE THREE TORNADO SEGMENTS.

THE FIRST SEGMENT OCCURRED IN THE ENTERPRISE COMMUNITY OF WESTERN
UNION COUNTY. THIS TORNADO RESULTED IN EF-2 DAMAGE...WITH WINDS OF
135 MPH...AND WAS UP TO 1/4 OF A MILE WIDE AND AROUND 3 MILES IN
LENGTH. NUMEROUS HOMES...A CHURCH AND SEVERAL LARGE BUILDINGS WERE
DAMAGED. ONE HOME HAD TOTAL ROOF LOSS AND EXTERIOR WALL
COLLAPSE...AND ONE LARGE METAL BUILDING SUFFERED MODERATE DAMAGE.

THE SECOND SEGMENT RESULTED IN SEVERAL BRIEF TOUCHDOWNS IN THE
GLENFIELD AREA AND COLONIAL GARDENS SUBDIVISION OF NEW ALBANY. THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALSO RATED THIS TORNADO SEGMENT AS EF-2
DAMAGE WITH WINDS OF 120 MPH. THE PATH WAS UP TO 100 YARDS WIDE AND
1 MILE LONG. AT LEAST 10 HOMES SUSTAINED DAMAGE WITH TWO HOMES
HAVING TOTAL ROOF LOSS AND SOME EXTERIOR WALL COLLAPSE.

A THIRD SEGMENT INDICATED SEVERAL ADDITIONAL BRIEF TOUCHDOWNS IN THE
KEOWNVILLE AREA. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RATED THIS TORNADO
SEGMENT AS EF-1 DAMAGE WITH WINDS OF 95 MPH. SEVERAL HOMES SUSTAINED
ROOF DAMAGE WITH A PARTIAL GARAGE WALL COLLAPSE. THE PATH WAS UP TO
75 YARDS WIDE AND 1 AND A HALF MILES LONG.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE UNION COUNTY
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR THEIR HELP
AND SUPPORT IN ASSESSING THE DAMAGE.

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