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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Taunton MA
210 PM EDT MON AUG 22 2016

...Tornado Confirmed in Concord in Middlesex County MA...

Location...Concord in Middlesex County MA
Date...August 22 2016
Estimated Time...320 AM EDT to 330 AM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF-1
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...100 MPH
Maximum Path Width...400 yards
Path Length...0.5 mile
Beginning Lat/Lon...42.54N / 71.34W
Ending lat/Lon...42.46N / 71.33W
* 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 Taunton MA has confirmed a
tornado in Concord in Middlesex County MA on August 22 2016.

The tornado was embedded within an area of straight-line wind damage.
It touched down near the Cambridge Turnpike around 320 am EDT before
heading toward the northeast. While there was some damage on the
Cambridge Turnpike most of the damage was concentrated beginning
near the intersection of Lexington Road and Alcott Road to the
neighborhood of Alcott and Independence Roads where trees were
uprooted or had the tops sheared off at the top. It was evident
that trees were blown down in opposite directions. In all,
approximately 39 houses were damaged to some degree. Only one house
had significant structural damage.

Damage was more spotty in nature farther northeast where it is suspected
the tornado lifted after about 10 minutes.

It is possible that many of the trees were uprooted due to the ongoing
drought conditions, which resulted in weakened root systems.

Based upon the damage observed, the tornado has been rated EF-1 on
the Enhanced Fujita Scale with maximum winds around 100 mph. The
path length was one half mile long and 400 yards wide.

Just to the east of the tornado path was an approximately a 200 yard
wide path of straight line wind damage extending from Lexington Road
west of Hawthorne to Edmonds Road.

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

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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AED/JWD

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