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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
824 PM EDT Tue Oct 24 2017


Location...4 WNW Woodruff to 2 W Spartanburg in Spartanburg
County South Carolina
Date...October 24 2017
Estimated Time...252 PM to 310 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF1
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...95 mph
Maximum Path Width...100 yards
Path Length...13.43 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...34.78N / 82.08W
Ending Lat/Lon...34.94N / 81.97W
* 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.

NWS Storm Survey found the path of a tornado that began near the
intersection of Highway 101 and Neilson Rd. The tornado moved
north/northeast uprooting and snapping numerous trees along
Greenpond Rd and Switzer Green Pond Rd. Some structural damage was
also noted to homes in this area, mainly minor roof damage and
damage to gutters and siding. The path of the tornado was lost in
the area around Pearson Rd and Pine Hills Rd, where it entered a
heavily wooded valley near the Tyger River, but the tornado is
presumed to have continued through this area. The track was picked
up again in the area between Bethany Church Rd and Highway 290.
Many downed trees were observed from that area northeast toward
Reidville Rd, where damage became less intense and more sporadic.
The tornado continued northeast to near the I- 26/Highway 29
intersection, where the path made an eastward jog. Numerous trees
were snapped and uprooted in neighborhood off Hwy 29 just east of
Westgate mall. Although a distinct tornado path was lost in this
area, a broad swath of tree damage and minor structural damage
was observed along a SE to NW axis, across the Saxon community.
This was interpreted as damaging inflow wind gusts into a second,
stronger tornado that was developing around the same time along
Business 85 in the area around Spartanburg Community College. This
tornado will be described in a separate statement.

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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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