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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEWPORT/MOREHEAD CITY NC
646 PM EDT TUE APR 8 2014

...MULTIPLE TORNADOES CONFIRMED ON APRIL 7 2014...

...TORNADO CONFIRMED NEAR BELHAVEN AND PANTEGO IN BEAUFORT COUNTY
NORTH CAROLINA...

LOCATION...NORTHWEST OF BELHAVEN AND NEAR PANTEGO IN BEAUFORT COUNTY
NORTH CAROLINA
DATE...APRIL 7 2014
ESTIMATED TIME...349 PM EDT
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF2
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...130
MPH MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...300 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...APPROXIMATELY 5
MILES BEGINNING LAT/LON...35.57 / 76.66W
ENDING LAT/LON...35.59 / 76.58W
* FATALITIES...0
* INJURIES...5

* THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT(S) AND PUBLICATION IN NWS
STORM DATA.

...SUMMARY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NEWPORT/MOREHEAD CITY NC HAS CONFIRMED
A TORNADO NEAR BELHAVEN IN BEAUFORT COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA ON APRIL
7 2014.

THE TORNADO INITIALLY TOUCHED DOWN JUST WEST OF PANTEGO CREEK AND HIGHWAY
264 NORTH OF BELHAVEN. IT BEGAN AS A MODERATE EF1 TORNADO FROM THERE TO
NEAR BEECH RIDGE ROAD. ALONG HIGHWAY 264 THERE WAS DAMAGE TO A FEW
STRUCTURES AND A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF LARGE OAKS AND PINE TREES
DOWNED...TWISTED...AND SNAPPED. ONE HOME WAS SHIFTED OFF ITS
FOUNDATION WITH PARTIAL ROOF DESTRUCTION...A PARTIAL LOSS OF WALLS
AND WINDOWS BLOWN OUT. A CAR IN THAT LOCATION WAS TOSSED 50 YARDS
FROM THE ROAD WITH TWO INJURIES.

THE TORNADO STRENGTHENED TO A HIGH END EF2 AS IT MOVED THROUGH
THE BEECH RIDGE ROAD AREA NEAR PANTEGO. SEVERAL HOMES...OUT
BUILDINGS...AND SHEDS WERE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. LARGE NUMBERS OF
TREES WERE SNAPPED...MANY NEAR THEIR BASE. A DOUBLE WIDE MOBILE
HOME WAS WIPED OFF ITS FOUNDATION AND DESTROYED DESPITE BEING
STRAPPED DOWN. UTILITY LINE TOWERS WERE SIGNIFICANTLY DAMAGED HERE
AS WELL.

THE TORNADO THEN CONTINUED TO PRODUCE MODERATE EF2 DAMAGE ON
ROSS FARM. A ROOF WAS ENTIRELY TORN OFF A HOUSE...AN OUT BUILDING
DESTROYED...HUGE FARM EQUIPMENT MOVED...AND MANY TREES SNAPPED
THERE. THE TORNADO THEN DISSIPATED IN A FIELD.

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.

&&

...TORNADO CONFIRMED NEAR PONZER IN HYDE COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA...

LOCATION...PONZER IN HYDE COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA
DATE...APRIL 7 2014
ESTIMATED TIME...400 PM EDT
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF1
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...105 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...200 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...1.0 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON...35.60N / 76.54W
ENDING LAT/LON...35.61N / 76.52W
* 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.

...SUMMARY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NEWPORT/MOREHEAD CITY NC HAS CONFIRMED
A TORNADO NEAR PONZER IN HYDE COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA ON APRIL 7 2014.

THE SECOND EF1 TORNADO FROM THIS EVENT DROPPED DOWN ALONG AN
EXTENSION OF THE TRACK OF THE ORIGINAL TORNADO NEAR PONZER. A
HOME THERE WAS PUSHED OFF ITS FOUNDATION...BUT THE STRUCTURE
REMAINED INTACT. THERE WERE ALSO TREES SNAPPED. THE TORNADO
CONTINUED ABOUT A MILE FURTHER INTO A CHICKEN FIELD WHERE THERE
WAS EVIDENCE IN THE FIELD OF A 200 YARD WIDE TORNADO. THE TORNADO
THEN DISSIPATED.

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.

&&

THERE WERE REPORTS OF A THIRD TORNADO TOUCH DOWN WITHIN OR
NEAR THE POCOSIN LAKES NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE IN HYDE AND
TYRRELL COUNTIES NORTH CAROLINA. THE DAMAGE SURVEY TEAM WAS UNABLE
TO ACCESS THAT LOCATION. WE ARE AWAITING ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
FROM OFFICIALS AT THE REFUGE AND WILL UPDATE ONCE AVAILABLE.


&&

RELIABLE WITNESS SIGHTINGS PLACE A BRIEF TOUCHDOWN OF A TORNADO NEAR
GUM NECK IN TYRRELL COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA. THE DAMAGE SURVEY TEAM
COULD NOT LOCATE ANY DAMAGE ON THE GROUND IN THIS REMOTE AND
LARGELY INACCESSIBLE AREA.

$$

RSB






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