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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Wilmington NC
514 PM EDT Wed May 24 2017


Location...Parkton in Robeson County North Carolina
Date...May 23 2017
Estimated Time...338 PM EDT to 343 PM EDT
Beginning Latitude/Longitude...34.9156N / -79.0695W
Ending Latitude/Longitude...34.9239N / -79.0313W
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF0
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...75 MPH
Maximum Path Width...30 Yards
Path Length...2.2 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.

The National Weather Service in Wilmington NC has confirmed a
tornado near Parkton in Robeson County North Carolina on May
23 2017.

The tornado initially touched down just south of Sandy Grove Rd
west of Chason Rd where it severely damaged a metal topped farm
building. The tornado moved into a field then crossed Sandy Grove
Rd causing large limbs to snap and roof uplift on a church and
minor structural damage on the north side of the Sandy Grove and
Chason Rd intersection. It then moved east of Chason Rd and just
north of Sandy Grove Rd causing some uprooted trees and downed
large limbs.

As the tornado approached the intersection of Barlow Rd and Sandy
Grove Rd it caused additional downed limbs, minor damage to four
structures, and destroyed an outbuilding. The tornado crossed
Barlow Rd and across fields until it crossed the Sansbury Lane
area where it caused minor damage to a few more homes. It also
uprooted a couple trees, one of which had a diameter greater than
4 feet. The tornado crossed Dave Bridge Rd where it knocked down a
few trees and lifted near Glenn Rd. There were no injuries
reported and the wind speed was fairly consistent along the entire

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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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