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Issued by NWS Charleston, WV

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON WV
959 PM EDT SAT JUN 27 2015

...TORNADO CONFIRMED NEAR 2E RIPLEY IN JACKSON COUNTY WEST
VIRGINIA...

LOCATION...2E RIPLEY IN JACKSON COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA
DATE...FRIDAY 6/26/15
ESTIMATED TIME...728 PM EDT
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF0
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...80 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...200 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...1.5 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON...38.8316, -81.6773
ENDING LAT/LON...38.8149, -81.6644
* 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 CHARLESTON WV HAS CONFIRMED A
TORNADO 2 MILES EAST RIPLEY IN JACKSON COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA ON
6/26/15.

THE TORNADO BEGAN ABOUT 2 MILES ENE OF DOWNTOWN RIPLEY WV AND MOVED
IN A SOUTHEAST DIRECTION. THE END OF THE DAMAGE PATH WAS FOUND
ALONG US 33 ABOUT 2.5 MILES EAST OF RIPLEY.

THE BEGINNING OF THE PATH WAS FOUND ALONG COUNTY ROUTE
21/22...ALSO KNOWN AS SYCAMORE ROAD. TREES AND LIMBS WERE FOUND
TO BE LAYING IN MULTIPLE DIRECTIONS. SOME CONVERGENCE OR SWIRL WAS
NOTED IN A SMALL CORN FIELD AND THE ROOF OF A SMALL CATTLE SHELTER
WAS FOUND ABOUT 125 FEET NNW OF THE MAIN STRUCTURE.

THE TORNADO THEN CONTINUED SOUTHEAST OVER UNINHABITED FOREST WITH
SOME TREE DAMAGE VISIBLE FROM AFAR.

THE LAST CONFIRMED DAMAGE FROM THIS TORNADO OCCURRED NEAR JOES
RUN MEMORIAL CHURCH AT THE INTERSECTION OF DEER WALK AND ROUTE 33.
HERE TREES WERE AGAIN NOTED LAYING IN VARIOUS DIRECTIONS. SOME
MINOR DAMAGE WAS DONE TO THE CHURCH. THE CROSS ON THE TOP OF THE
STEEPLE WAS BENT AND SOME FASCIA WAS REMOVED.

AT THIS POINT...THE STORM BECAME OUTFLOW DOMINANT AND STRONG WIND
DAMAGE WAS NOTED EAST OF THE TORNADO PATH...ALONG STATIONCAMP
ROAD...AND EAST ALONG US 33 TO NEAR FROZENCAMP CREEK ROAD...OR CR
28. THE DAMAGE ALONG THIS PATH WAS FAIRLY UNIFORM WITH TREES AND
DEBRIS SCATTERED TO THE EAST. THE MOST SEVERE DAMAGE WAS FOUND
BETWEEN PARRISH HILL ROAD...OR CR 5/18...AND FROZENCAMP CREEK CREEK
ROAD. ALONG THIS SECTION OF ROAD...DAMAGE WAS FOUND TO BE MORE
SEVERE THAN FROM THE TORNADO. DOWNBURST WINDS ESTIMATED AT 90 TO
100 MPH DESTROYED TWO MACHINE SHEDS AND CAUSED SIGNIFICANT TREE
DAMAGE. THE WINDS ALSO MOVED TWO EMPTY HAY TRAILERS ABOUT 60
YARDS. TIRE TRACKS COULD BE SEEN IN THE GRASS INDICATING THE
TRAILERS WERE NOT LIFTED...BUT INSTEAD ROLLED ON THEIR WHEELS.

LARGE HAIL WAS ASSOCIATED WITH BOTH THE TORNADIC AND DOWNBURST
PARTS OF THIS STORM. SIZES WERE ESTIMATED TO BE ONE TO TWO INCHES
BY LOCAL RESIDENTS. HOLES WERE FOUND IN VINYL SIDING DUE TO WIND
DRIVEN HAIL.

SIGNIFICANT FLOODING WAS ALSO FOUND ALONG STATIONCAMP
ROAD...WHERE THE HEADWATERS OF STATIONCAMP RUN OVERFLOWED ITS BANKS.
MULTIPLE VEHICLES WERE FLOODED. ALSO THREE GARAGES AND ONE HOME
WERE FLOODED.

THIS INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE AT
WEATHER.GOV/RLX.

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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MZ/KTB


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