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Emmalane EF-1 Tornado and Jenkins County
Straight Line Wind Damage
- May 11, 2008
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...JENKINS COUNTY /EMMALANE EF-1 TORNADO AND STRAIGHT LINE WIND
DAMAGE/...

OBSERVED DAMAGE IN AND AROUND THE COMMUNITY OF EMMALANE...WHICH IS
APPROXIMATELY 4 MILES SOUTHWEST OF MILLEN...INDICATED THAT AN EF-1
TORNADO OCCURRED. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN AROUND 733 AM EDT
SOUTHWEST OF THE INTERSECTION OF US 25 AND OLD SAVANNAH ROAD. THE
TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST FOR APPROXIMATELY 1 MILE AND HAD A
WIDTH OF APPROXIMATELY 1200 YARDS. MAXIMUM WINDS WERE ESTIMATED AT
95 MPH.

ALONG THE TORNADO PATH...DAMAGE OCCURRED TO A MOBILE HOME WHERE THE
ROOF WAS UPLIFTED AND THE STRUCTURE SHIFTED FROM ITS FOUNDATION.
THERE WAS ALSO SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO NEARBY SHEDS AND TREES.

SIGNIFICANT AND WIDESPREAD STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE ALSO OCCURRED
ALONG A 16 MILE PATH STARTING APPROXIMATELY 2.5 MILES WEST OF
THRIFT...CONTINUING TO AROUND 4.5 MILES EAST OF MILLEN. ALONG THIS
PATH...MAXIMUM WINDS WERE ESTIMATED AT 110 MPH. OVERALL...ABOUT 50
TO 60 HOMES WERE DAMAGED WITH 10 TO 12 OF THESE HOMES DESTROYED
RESULTING IN 1 INJURY. DAMAGE ALSO OCCURRED TO THE ROSE MARY CHURCH
AND THE OAK HILL CHURCH. MOST OF THE STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE
APPEARS TO HAVE OCCURRED FROM THE REAR FLANK DOWNDRAFT OF THE
PASSING SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORM.

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JAQ/WMM

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