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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City NC
301 PM EDT Fri May 26 2017

...EF1 Tornado Confirmed Near Gum Neck in Tyrrell County North

Location...Gum Neck in Tyrrell County North Carolina
Date...May 23 2017
Estimated Time...616 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF1
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...100 mph
Maximum Path Width...40 yards
Path Length...0.6 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...35.706N / -76.132W
Ending lat/Lon...35.714N / -76.126W
* 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 Newport/Morehead City NC has confirmed
a tornado near Gum Neck in Tyrrell County North Carolina on May
23 2017.

A tornado touched down about one quarter mile southwest of the
intersection of South Gum Neck Road and Georgia Road, southeast of Gum
Neck. The tornado traveled northeast, first knocking down and snapping
trees before crossing South Gum Neck Road into a wheat field, flattening
the wheat crop along its path. The tornado then crossed Georgia Road,
knocking down a few trees including one large pecan tree near a
residence. One small barn also noted some metal roof damage. Maximum
winds are estimated at 100 mph, with a path length of 0.6 miles and
maximum path width of 40 yards. No injuries or fatalities occurred with
this tornado.

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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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