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Public Information Statement

Statement as of 9:45 PM EDT on August 23, 2016


... NWS damage survey for 08/20/16 Allegan and Ottawa County
tornado event - update...

.Update... Additional damage surveys have determined that the EF-1
tornado damage from near Fennville in Allegan County to near
Jamestown in Ottawa County was caused by two separate tornadoes
rather than one. A gap in the damage path was noted west of Burnips.
This brings the total number of tornadoes in southwest lower
Michigan on Saturday August 20th to six.

.Overview... After the first tornado of the day (ef-1) tracked
from Bangor to north of Grand Junction (see separate write-up),
the second tornado of the day began 6 miles southeast of Fennville
and tracked to 4 miles northeast of Hamilton and was rated EF-1.

The day's third tornado, also rated EF-1, began 2 miles northwest
of Burnips in extreme north-central Allegan County and tracked to
2 miles southeast of Jamestown in extreme southeast Ottawa County.

See separate write-ups for tornadoes four, five and six of the day
which impacted parts of Kent, Ionia and Montcalm counties.

.Fennville to Hamilton tornado...

Rating: EF-1
estimated peak wind: 90-100 mph
path length /statute/: 10 miles
path width /maximum/: 50-100 yards
fatalities: 0
injuries: 0

Start date: Aug 20 2016
start time: 1:42 PM EDT
start location: 6 miles southeast of Fennville, mi
start lat/lon: 42.533/-86.023

End date: Aug 20 2016
end time: 2:10 PM EDT
end location: 4 miles northeast of Hamilton, mi
end lat/lon: 42.702/-85.922

.Jamestown tornado...

Rating: EF-1
estimated peak wind: 90-100 mph
path length /statute/: 4 miles
path width /maximum/: 50-100 yards
fatalities: 0
injuries: 0

Start date: Aug 20 2016
start time: 2:18 PM EDT
start location: 2 miles northwest of Burnips
start lat/lon: 42.763/-85.861

End date: Aug 20 2016
end time: 2:26 PM EDT
end location: 2 miles southeast of Jamestown
end_lat/lon: 42.804/-85.803

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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