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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Wilmington NC
129 PM EST Fri Feb 17 2017

...Tornado Confirmed Near Longwood in Brunswick County North

Location...Near Longwood in Brunswick County North Carolina
Date...February 15 2017
Estimated Time...1153 AM EST until 1158 AM EST
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF-1
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...90 mph
Maximum Path Width...60 yards
Path Length...3.21 miles
Initial Touchdown...34.0060N / -78.6088W
Tornado Lifted...34.009N / -78.5534W
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...0

* The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event(s) and publication in
NWS Storm Data.

The National Weather Service in Wilmington NC has confirmed a
tornado near Longwood in Brunswick County North Carolina on
February 15 2017.

The survey team found initial tornado damage to trees along a
hunting trail south of Pireway Rd NW west of the town of
Longwood, NC. The tornado tracked eastward across inaccessible
portions of the forest before emerging near the intersection of
Etheridge Rd and Ash-Little River Rd NW where it snapped some
trees and caused significant roof damage to a home in the area.
The tornado continued quickly east on the north side of Etheridge
Rd causing dozens of snapped pine trees. The tornado crossed
Etheridge Rd near Gwynn Rd NW and moved into another area of pine
trees toppling dozens of them. It damaged a poorly constructed
barn between Gwynn Rd NW and Ward Rd NW as it continued off
to the east. The tornado then caused damage to vehicles near
Ward Rd NW and Quaker Rd NW along with minor roof damage to
the first home on Quaker Rd NW. The tornado then lifted south
of Etheridge Rd between Ward Rd NW and Cephus Trl NW.

The survey team also found evidence of 60 to 70 mph microburst
winds on the north side of Shallotte, NC especially near the
Shallotte Fire Training Center. The damage at this location
occurred over a broad but short swath. There was damage
observed to a large number of vinyl fences in the community near
the training center.

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For reference...the Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes
into the following categories:

EF0...wind speeds 65 to 85 mph.
EF1...wind speeds 86 to 110 mph.
EF2...wind speeds 111 to 135 mph.
EF3...wind speeds 136 to 165 mph.
EF4...wind speeds 166 to 200 mph.
EF5...wind speeds greater than 200 mph.


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