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Issued by NWS Charleston, WV

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON WV
633 PM EDT TUE JUL 29 2014

...TORNADO CONFIRMED NEAR JOHNSTOWN IN HARRISON COUNTY WEST
VIRGINIA...

LOCATION...JOHNSTOWN IN HARRISON COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA
DATE...7/27/2014
ESTIMATED TIME...850 PM EDT
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF1
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...100 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...50 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...1.1 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON...39.1202N/80.2948W
ENDING LAT/LON...39.1187N /80.2750W
* 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.

...SUMMARY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHARLESTON WV HAS CONFIRMED A
TORNADO NEAR JOHNSTOWN IN HARRISON COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA ON
7/27/2014.

THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN AT APPROXIMATELY 850 PM ABOUT 1 MILE EAST
SOUTHEAST OF THE INTERSECTION OF JOHNSTOWN ROAD AND BRANCH OF LOST
CREEK. THE FIRST EVIDENCE OF A TORNADIC CIRCULATION WAS ON THE RIDGE
TOP ON COUNTY ROUTE 48/15...WHERE NUMEROUS TREES WHERE DOWNED. THE
TORNADO CONTINUED ACROSS COUNTY ROUTE 52 WHERE ADDITIONAL TREES AND
POWER LINES WERE DOWN. AT THIS POINT THE TORNADO STRUCK THE
JOHNSTOWN CHURCH WHICH WAS BUILT IN 1884 OF BRICK CONSTRUCTION. IT
IS BELIEVED THE ROOF WAS LIFTED FROM THE CHURCH AND THEN FELL BACK
INTO PLACE. IN DOING SO...IT CAUSED STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO THE BACK
WALL. THOSE FAMILIAR WITH THE CHURCH ALSO SAID THERE WERE NEW CRACKS
ON THE SIDE WALL NEAR THE WINDOWS. THE CHURCH STEEPLE WAS ALSO
DAMAGED. THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO THE EAST NORTHEAST BEFORE LIFTING
NEAR THE NEXT RIDGE TOP.

THE TOTAL PATH LENGTH OF THE TORNADO WAS DETERMINED TO BE ABOUT
1.1 MILES. THE TORNADO WAS RATED AN EF1 WITH MAXIMUM WINDS OF 100
MPH BASED ON THE HEALTHY TREES THAT WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED AND
THE DAMAGE TO THE CHURCH.

IN ADDITION TO TORNADO DAMAGE...THE SURVEY TEAM FOUND EVIDENCE OF
STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE STARTING AT COUNTY ROUTE OF 48/4. THERE
WAS INTERMITTENT STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE ENDING IN BARBOUR
COUNTY NEAR THE COMMUNITIES OF CENTURY...CENTURY 2...AND VOLGA.

TORNADO WATCH #447 WAS ISSUED AT 145 PM FOR HARRISON COUNTY. A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING WAS ISSUED AT 833 PM VALID UNTIL 900
PM.  A TORNADO WARNING WAS ISSUED AT 847 PM EDT FOR SOUTHEASTERN
HARRISON COUNTY VALID UNTIL 915 PM.

THIS INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE AT
WEATHER.GOV/RLX.

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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