Tornadoes in southern Alabama and Georgia on March 1, 2007
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Tornadoes in southern Alabama and Georgia on March 1, 2007
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    "During the afternoon and evening of March 1, 2007, deadly tornadoes moved across southern Alabama and Georgia. In a 14-hour period beginning at 12:30 p.m. CST, 31 tornadoes occurred, resulting in 19 fatalities across the two states. Eleven of the tornadoes were classified as strong (EF2-EF3) on the new Enhanced Fujita Tornado Intensity Scale and two were classified as violent (EF4). Due to the magnitude of this event, a service assessment team was formed to examine the warning and forecast services provided to key decision makers and the public. In keeping with the NOAA goals of developing hazard-resilient communities, the team was also tasked with trying to identify possible reasons for the large loss of life during this event, in light of the overall high quality of services provided by the National Weather Service. The findings and recommendations from this assessment are offered with the goals of 1) improving the quality of warning and forecast products and services, and 2) enhancing the ability of the National Weather Service (NWS) to increase public education and awareness regarding issues associated with tornado safety. The ultimate goal is to help meet the NWS mission of saving lives and property and enhancing the national economy"--Preface.
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