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NOUS42 KGSP 111451

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
1051 AM EDT Wed Oct 11 2017


Location...2 ESE Polkville in Cleveland County North Carolina
Date...October 08 2017
Estimated Time...453 PM to 520 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF0
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...80 mph
Maximum Path Width...100 yards
Path Length...13.48 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...35.4N / 81.62W
Ending Lat/Lon...35.59N / 81.56W
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...0

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

The path of this tornado, which was unusually long-tracked for
being such a weak event, began southeast of Polkville near the
intersection of Felcher Rd and Highway 226, and moved north-
northeast, crossing W Stage Coach Trail, Casar Lanwdale Rd,
passing just east of Casar, before crossing into Burke County
near Dirty Ankle Rd before lifting in the Ramsey community of
southeast Burke County. Numerous mostly small to medium size trees
were snapped, with some large hard and softwoods uprooted along
the length of the path. Structural damage was limited to shingles
removed from homes and some metal sheet roofing material removed
from a couple of buildings and chicken houses. A metal carport was
also torn from a home and blown 50-100 yards on Shufford Lake Rd.
While peak wind gusts probably reached 80-85 mph, those winds
were only realized along a small portion of the path. Peak wind
gusts along the majority of the track were 60-75 mph. Special
thanks to Chris White from Burke County Emergency Comms for his
assistance in this survey.

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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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