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Issued by NWS Blacksburg, VA

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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Blacksburg VA
547 PM EDT Thu May 25 2017

...Tornado Confirmed Near 5 miles northeast of East Bend in
Stokes County North Carolina...

* Location...5 miles NE of East Bend in Stokes County North Carolina
* Date...May 24 2017
* Estimated Time...4:52 PM EDT - 5:18 PM EDT
* Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF2
* Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...125 MPH
* Maximum Path Width...0.5 Miles
* Path Length...15.3 Miles
* 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 Blacksburg VA has confirmed a
tornado in Stokes County North Carolina on May 24 2017.

A NWS Damage Assessment Team has concluded that a tornado impacted
portions of Stokes County North Carolina northeast of East Bend
during the late afternoon and early evening of May 24, 2017.

Here are the specifics:

A tornado with a continuous path touched down near the Forsyth and
Stokes County line causing large tree limbs to snap and numerous trees
to become uprooted along and near spainhour Mill Road.

The tornado continued to the north and east, producing damage as it
crossed US-52, Old Highway 52, and other minor roadways. The tornado
reached its maximum strength and width as it impacted portions of YMCA
Camp Hanes near Sauaratown Mountain, where numerous outbuildings, mobile
homes, and cabins were damaged. The Tornado at this point reached a
maximum path width of 1/2 mile with a maximum wind speed estimate of
125 MPH.

The tornado continued in the same cardinal direction for several more
miles before coming to an end  near Lynchburg Road just prior to its
intersection with the Dan River. In total, the tornado was on the ground
for 15.3 miles, and produced up to EF2 damage.

This information can also be found on our website at
weather.gov/RNK.

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.

The NWS in Blacksburg wishes to thank Stokes County Emergency Services
for their invaluable assistance in conducting the damage assessment
survey.

$$

JJM


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