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000 NOUS41 KBOX 270328 PNSBOX CTZ002>004-MAZ002>024-026-RIZ001>008-280330- Public Information Statement National Weather Service Taunton MA 1028 PM EST Sun Feb 26 2017 ...Tornado Confirmed in Goshen MA in Hampshire County and Conway MA in Franklin County... Locations...Goshen, MA and Conway, MA Date...February 25 2017 Estimated Time...718 PM - 725 PM EST Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF1 Maximum Wind Speed...110 MPH Maximum Path Width...200 yards Path Length...5 miles Beginning Lat/Lon...42.41N / -72.80W Ending lat/Lon...42.51N / -72.67W * Fatalities...0 * Injuries...1 * 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 Taunton, MA conducted a damage survey this afternoon in the western MA towns of Conway, Ashfield, Goshen, and Chesterfield. We concluded that there was a very brief tornado touchdown in a small portion of Goshen, MA. It then lifted for several miles before touching down and cutting a 5-mile path through the town of Conway, MA, where high-end EF1 tornado damage occurred. The tornado touched down around 718 PM in Goshen. Then it struck Conway from approximately 720 PM to 725 PM. Wind gusts in most of the damaged areas were estimated at 80-100 mph, but two sections of Conway had wind gusts estimated at 100-110 mph...on Main Poland Road and Whately Road. The path width in Conway varied from 50 yards in western Conway to 200 yards near the town hall. In Goshen, several pine trees were snapped mid-way and two homes were damaged by trees falling onto them on Pine Road, just to the east of Hammond Pond. The tornado then touched down with a vengeance on Main Poland Road in the western part of Conway. A sharp gradient of damage versus no damage was very evident. Large sections of forest had thick pine trees that were snapped mid-way up and some closer to their bases. Numerous power lines were downed and there were numerous road closures. From there, there was a continuous path into downtown Conway. In the area just to the southeast of the town hall, there were several houses that were severely damaged on Whately Road. Roofs were blown off, with some metal wrapped around middle and upper portions of trees. In one case, a the side walls of a house were missing with the interior of the house exposed. On Hill View Road there was a large barn that was collapsed. Numerous trees and power lines were down. One injury occurred when a tree landed on a house just northeast of there, on South Deerfield Road (Route 116). That was approximately where the visible damage path ended. Several people that we spoke to heard a tell-tale roaring sound and immediately sought shelter in their basements. It was very fortunate that nobody was killed in this event. This was a highly unusual occurrence. In fact, there has never been a tornado during the month of February since official tornado statistics have been kept, dating back to 1950. The survey team is very grateful for the help provided by the Police, Fire, and Emergency Management Director of Conway; the Fire Department and Emergency Management Director of Goshen; the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency; members of the public who were kind enough to share their eyewitness accounts and access to their property; and especially to the Western Massachusetts Amateur Radio Skywarn Coordinator, who guided us quickly to the damaged areas. This information can also be found on our website at weather.gov/box. 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. $$ FIELD/FRANK/THOMPSON For the latest updates...please visit our webpage at www.weather.gov/boston You can follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NWSBoston You can follow us on Twitter at @NWSBoston

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