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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
928 PM EDT Thu May 25 2017


Location...3 miles east of Troutman to 6 miles east-northeast
of Statesville in Iredell County North Carolina

Date...Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Estimated Time...320 to 345 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF-2
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...115mph
Maximum Path Width...100 yards
Path Length...10.18 miles, non-continuous
Beginning Lat/Lon...35.7067N / 80.8358W
Ending Lat/Lon...35.8404N / 80.7589W

* 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 from 3 miles east of Troutman to 6 miles
east-northeast of Statesville in Iredell County, North Carolina
on Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

This event was comprised of two separate tornado touchdowns. The
first touchdown occured 3 miles east of Troutman near the
intersection of Aileen Ln. and Hillndale Ln. at approximately
320pm EDT. The tornado travelled approximately 1 mile before
lifting near Musket Ln. at approximately 325pm EDT. This first
tornado touchdown had a maximum rating of EF-0 with maximum winds
of 80mph. Damage was the result of the tornado and strong,
straight-line inflow winds. Snapped and broken trees were observed
and some trees were sheared off. Structural damage included minor
gutter damage and siding removed from a storage building.
Additional tree damage from straight-line inflow winds accompanied
the tornado throughout.

The second tornado touchdown occurred approximately 6 miles east-
northeast of Statesville near the intersection of New Salem Rd.
and Mocksville Hwy. (U.S. 64) at approximately 340pm EDT. The
tornado travelled approximately 2.8 miles, crossing U.S. 64 and
Hunters Ridge Ln. before lifting just north of Fifth Creek Rd at
approximately 345pm EDT. The second and primary tornado touchdown
had a maximum rating of EF-2 with maximum winds of 115mph. The
tornado downed over 100 trees. Fencing was blown in multiple
directions. A brick house had its roof completely torn off and its
interior walls collapsed. Tree limbs acted as projectiles and
struck another home, embedding into the siding and penetrating the
outer walls. Numerous homes had debris splattered onto siding
with a total of 15 to 20 homes suffering at least some damage. A
vehicle was reportedly moved off U.S. 64 about the time the
tornado crossed the highway. Finally, a swath of straight-line
winds accompanied the storm and produced additional 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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