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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
822 PM EDT Tue Oct 10 2017


Location...Tryon in Polk County North Carolina
Date...October 8 2017
Estimated Time...5:40 to 5:42 pm EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF1
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...95 MPH
Maximum Path Width...200 yards
Path Length...1.5 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...35.19 / 82.24W
Ending lat/Lon...35.21 / 82.24W
* 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 Greenville-Spartanburg SC
has confirmed a tornado in and near Tryon in Polk County North
Carolina on October 8 2017. The tornado first touched-down on the
west side of Lake Lanier in Greenville County South Carolina near
West Lakeshore Drive. It tracked north-northeast from there for
1/4 to 1/2 mile before lifting with a path width of 100 to 200
yards. Many trees were uprooted or snapped, a roof was blown off a
house, trees fell on cars, and some items were blown into the
lake. Witnesses also reported seeing rotation. There was also
damage in the area from non-tornadic winds associated with the
development of the tornado as it moved off to the north. The
tornado then touched down in Tryon, North Carolina on Melrose Ave.
a block west of Pacolet Street. and continued moving to the
north-northeast with continuous damage for a distance of 1/2 to
3/4 miles and a path width of 150 to 200 yards. With this second
touchdown, there were hundreds of snapped or uprooted trees, homes
with damaged shingles and siding, homes with damaged roofs, homes
damged by falling trees, and damage to vehicles. One company had
6 generators damaged with one 2400 pound generated moved 30 feet.
Winds were estimated at 95 mph at both touchdown locations.

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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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