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NOUS42 KGSP 092249

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
649 PM EDT Mon Oct 9 2017


Location...From near Cross Hill, SC to Glenn Springs, SC
Date...October 08 2017
Estimated Time...410 PM to 520 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF2
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...115 to 120 mph
Maximum Path Width...100 yards
Path Length...38 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...34.29N / 82.04W
Ending Lat/Lon...34.82N / 81.84W
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...1

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

A tornado initially touched down approximately 2 miles west of
Cross Hill South Carolina and tracked north-northeast to Glenn
Springs South Carolina. Damage was intermittent for most of the
path, but was fairly continuous from I-385 to just west of
Tylersville. The tornado was responsible for a large number of
large hardwood trees being snapped or uprooted, and damage to
numerous outbuildings, houses, and manufactured homes. There was a
great deal of EF0 and a lot of EF1 damage in both Laurens and
Spartanburg counties as evidenced by large trees being snapped,
damage to roofs and the exterior of buildings, and the destruction
of small outbuildings. A trailer park east of Laurens received
severe damage with several trailers destroyed and one injury being
reported. The strongest damage occurred to a well-constructed house
northeast of Laurens in Laurens County which was 50% destroyed
with several strong cinder-block walls being blown-out and the
roof being removed, along with nearby brick walls being blown
over. Damage at this location justifies an EF-2 rating for the
tornado. Convergent and overlapping damage paths at multiple
locations confirms that damage was caused by a tornado. The damage
path was widest at the end of the swath at Glenn Springs which
received considerable tree and building damage.

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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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