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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
352 PM EDT Tue May 2 2017


Location...3.5 miles southeast of Newton in Catawba County North

Date...May 1 2017

Estimated Time...4:00 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF0
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...85 mph
Maximum Path Width...25 yards
Path Length... 3 miles, not continuous. First segment 100 yards
long and second segment 250 yards long.

Beginning Lat/Lon...35.61N/81.20W
Ending lat/Lon... 35.64/81.17W

* 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 southeast of Newton in Catawba County South
Carolina on May 1 2017. From witness reports of damage and radar
trends, the tornado occurred around 4pm on Monday.

Damage survey found many moderate to large sized trees down,
uprooted, or snapped. Most building damage was caused by tree
falls, though some light roof, siding, and window damage was also
found. Most of the damage was from straight-line winds, but two
areas of EF0 tornado touchdown were found. Crossing tree falls,
combined with co-located radar indications of enhanced rotation
confirm that the damage was caused by a relatively weak tornado.
The tornado touched down twice along a 3 mile path 3.5 miles
southeast of Newton. The first area of touchdown was just off Jack
Whitener Rd. and Sipe Rd. for a distance of 100 yards. The second
touchdown occurred near Smyre Farm Rd. just south of highway 16
for a distance of 250 yards.

This information can also be found on our website at

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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