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Public Information Statement...Corrected Path Width
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
1250 PM EDT Thu Oct 26 2017


Location...1 NNW Longview in Burke County North Carolina
Date...October 23 2017
Estimated Time...435 PM to 500 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF2
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...125 mph
Maximum Path Width...1300 yards
Path Length...22.83 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...35.74N / 81.39W
Ending Lat/Lon...36.02N / 81.21W
* 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.

An EF2 tornado touched down near the Hickory Regional  Airport in
extreme eastern Burke County, destroying a hangar and planes
inside. Initially, the tornado was very narrow, with damage
localized to the one hangar. The tornado downed some trees in
Winkler Park, then continued northeast straddling the
Caldwell/Catawba County line. While weakening to EF1, the tornado
widened to almost 3/4 mile, with damage on either side of Lake
Hickory in both counties. Significant tree damage occurred with
hundreds of trees downed, many on houses, cars, and other
structures. Additional tree damage occurred outside the tornado`s
path due to widespread intense straight-line winds. The tornado
turned left, narrowed, and straddled the Alexander/Caldwell
County line, again resulting in mainly tree damage but with some
structural damage from falling trees. The tornado shifted back
northeast, finally weakening and lifting just south of the
Alexander/Wilkes County line, west of Highway 16.

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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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