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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
1021 AM EDT Wed Apr 5 2017

...NWS GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 04/03/17 TORNADO
EVENT...Update 1...

.Pickens County EF-1 Tornado and Straight-Line Winds...

Location...                     Central in Pickens County, SC
Date...                         April 3, 2017
Estimated Time...               152 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...      EF1
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed... 90mph
Maximum Path Width...           10 yards
Path Length...                  0.08 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...            34.7285N / 82.7812W
Ending Lat/Lon...               34.7296N / 82.7808W

* Fatalities...                 None
* Injuries...                   None

...Summary...

The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg SC has
confirmed a tornado near Central in Pickens County, South
Carolina on April 3, 2017.  The tornado very briefly touched down
near the intersection of Joseph St. and Wood St. in Central at
152 PM EDT, bringing down dozens of trees in a wooded area behind
residences. However, the vast majority of damage across Central
was not due to the tornado, rather 70-90mph straight-line winds.
Hundreds of trees across town were downed, with some minor
structural damage mainly from branches hitting houses. The worst
structural damage occurred to a the New Olive Grove Missionary
Baptist Church.


.Pickens and Greenville Counties EF-0 Tornado...

Location...From 3 miles southwest of Berea in Pickens County SC
           to Berea in Greenville County SC.
Date...April 3, 2017.
Estimated Time...From around 212 PM EDT to 215 PM EDT.
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF0
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...85 mph.
Maximum Path Width...50 yards.
Path Length...3 miles.
Beginning Lat/Lon...34.8592 / -82.5074.
Ending lat/Lon...34.8796 / -82.4636.

* Fatalities...None
* Injuries...None

...Summary...
The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg SC has
confirmed a tornado near Berea in Pickens and Greenville Counties
in South Carolina on April 3, 2017. The tornado touched down in
eastern Pickens County near Saluda Dam and Pistol Club Roads,
downing trees and damaging outbuildings at a farm, ripping metal
sheeting off the roofs. Some minor structural damage, mainly in
the form of missing shingles, occurred to a nearby house. The
tornado weakened and moved east, skipping up and down as it
crossed Saluda Lake, downing a few trees in extreme western
Greenville County in Berea before lifting.


.Laurens County EF-0 Tornado...

Location...Four miles northwest of Laurens in Laurens County
           South Carolina
Date...April 3, 2017
Estimated Time...From approximately 250 PM EDT to 251 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF0
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...85 mph
Maximum Path Width...75 yards
Path Length...0.75 miles, continuous
Beginning Lat/Lon...34.5537 / -82.0697
Ending Lat/Lon...34.5553 / -82.0566

* Fatalities...None
* Injuries...None

...Summary...
The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg SC has
confirmed a tornado four miles northwest of Laurens in Laurens
County South Carolina on April 3, 2017. Most of the damage
consisted of downed, but some minor structural damage occurred,
mainly in the form of minor roof damage.


.Union County EF-1 Tornado and Downburst Winds...

Location...About 6 miles north of Whitmire in Union County
           South Carolina.
Date...April 3, 2017.
Estimated Time...323 PM EDT.
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF1.
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...100 mph.
Maximum Path Width...150 yards at touchdown, tapering to
                     75-100 yards at end.
Path Length...1.25 miles.
Beginning Lat/Lon...34.586N/81.602W
Ending lat/Lon...34.586N/81.594W
* Fatalities...1
* Injuries...0

...Summary...
The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg SC has
confirmed a tornado near 6 N Whitmire in Union County South
Carolina on April 3, 2017. Tornado damage started around
Healing Springs Church Road and Eaves Road and ended near the end
of Eaves Road. The fatality occurred in a mobile home which was
overturned and rolled off its frame.

The tornado path length was 1.25 miles long, about 150 yards wide
at touchdown and tapering to 75 to 100 yards at the end. Damaging
downburst winds also extended about 100 to 200 yards south of the
tornado path.

This information can also be found at our website,
weather.gov/gsp.

* The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event(s) and publication in
NWS Storm Data.

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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