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NWS: Calhoun tornado rated EF2

Tornado damage reports (11/17/2014)
Posted at 3:43 PM, Nov 17, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-17 17:01:29-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- Storm survey information conducted by meteorologists at the Tallahassee branch of the National Weather Service was released Monday afternoon.

The Calhoun County tornado that triggered damage at the correctional facility near Blountstown was rated EF2 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale of tornado damage.  Peak intensity was estimated at 120 to 130 mph.  NWS meteorologist Alex Lamers says the 420-yard-wide tornado tracked along a path over 22 miles long.  The path stretched from south of Blountstown northeastward into Gadsden County, and is the longest path in the region since a tornado traveled 30 miles from southeast Alabama to southwest Georgia on Mar. 1, 2007.

A separate patch of debris in parts of Liberty and Gadsden counties was estimated to have suffered EF1-rank damage, mainly based on downed trees in the survey area, and possibly created by the same tornado.

Severe weather chances ended for the entire WTXL viewing area Monday afternoon.