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Public Information Statement

Statement as of 8:25 PM EST on December 24, 2014


... Storm survey for the Pierce County Georgia EF-1 tornado...

Rating: EF-1
path length /statute/: 5.75 miles
path width /maximum/: 60-100 yards
fatalities: 0
injuries: 0

Start date: Dec 24 2014
start time: 1250 PM EST
start location: 8 miles north of Blackshear / Pierce / GA
lat/lon: 31.406 / -82.251
end location: 14 miles north of Blackshear / Pierce / GA
end_lat/lon: 31.466 / -82.185

Survey summary: the National Weather Service in Jacksonville
conducted a storm survey late this afternoon in Pierce County
Georgia. The meteorologist in charge conducted the
survey... determining that the tornado touched down approximately 8
miles to the north of blachshear along Walkerville Road in
between Taylor farm Road and east Horseshoe Road around 1250 PM EST.
Low-end EF-1 damage was noted along the tornado path as it crossed
Georgia State Road 121/15... including damage to 7 homes... powerlines
downed... and large trees snapped. EF-0 damage was noted after the
tornado crossed Georgia State Road 121/15... with the tornado lifting
after an approximate 5.75 mile path near spotted farm Road and
songbird place... or about 14 miles north of Blackshear. The maximum
width of the tornado was estimated to be 60-100 yards. Pierce County
emergency management reported numerous power outages in the vicinity
of 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 event and publication in
NWS storm data.


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