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


Location...From Norris to just west of Pickens in Pickens County
South Carolina.

Date...October 08 2017
Estimated Time...435 PM to 449 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF2
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...130 mph
Maximum Path Width...300 yards
Path Length...8.43 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...34.76N / 82.76W
Ending Lat/Lon...34.88N / 82.73W

* 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 National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg SC has
confirmed a tornado in Pickens County. The path is a combination
of a 3-mile long nearly continuous track and three separate brief
touchdowns. The initial tornado touchdown occurred at Maxey Dr. in
Norris, where several trees were snapped or uprooted and at least
one home sustained roof damage. Then the tornado continued toward
Robinson Bridge Rd., where one brick home had front-wall and
total-roof failure and two mobile homes were completely
destroyed. Maximum winds at this time were estimated to be 130
mph, which is equivalent to the EF2 category. The nearly
continuous track ended near Liberty Hwy. and Tammy Dr., where
multiple trees were snapped or uprooted and at least one
outbuilding was destroyed. Also, mobile homes sustained roof and
underpinning damage. The width of the tornado was approximately
200-300 yards throughout the nearly continuous path.

Thereafter, three additional, brief touchdowns occurred on on
Belle Shoals Rd., Allgood Bridge Rd., and Shady Grove Rd.,
respectively. The damage at each touchdown was rated EF0 or EF1
and mostly consisted of snapped and uprooted trees.

In summary, a total of 20 homes, both stick-built and mobile,
sustained structural damage with 5 homes experiencing major
damage. Several outbuildings and sheds were damaged or destroyed.
A communications tower was also damaged. Numerous trees were
snapped or uprooted.

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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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