National Weather Service Confirms EF-1 Tornado Touchdown Near Cohutta Monday Night

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Reported by: Amy Katcher
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Updated: 4/30/2014 9:50 pm
(WDEF) ...NWS damage survey for 4/28/14 Whitfield County tornado event...

Rating: EF-1
Estimated peak wind: 97 mph
Path length /statute/: 3.4 miles
Path width /maximum/: 100 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0

Date: Apr 28 2014 11:05 pm EDT
5 miles east of Cohutta in Whitfield County, GA

Survey summary:  Tornado touched down just east of Cohutta at about 50 yards wide then proceeded northeast and collapsed a chicken coop killing 16,000 chickens.  The tornado also destroyed a farm structure not in use in the same location. It then proceeded further northeast and grew wider to 100 yards where it snapped some trees and crossed the state line into Tennessee.

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
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