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000 NOUS41 KCAR 081955 PNSCAR MEZ005-006-090800- Public Information Statement National Weather Service Caribou ME 355 PM EDT Tue Aug 8 2017 ...PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT... ..Tornado Confirmed In Penobscot County Maine... Location...2 miles NE of Millinocket to 3 miles SW of Grindstone Date...08/05/2017 Estimated Time...1047 PM to 1059 PM Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF1 Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...90 to 100 MPH Maximum Path Width...100 Feet Path Length...2.4 Miles Beginning Lat/Lon...45.69N / 68.69W Ending lat/Lon...45.72N / 68.66W * Fatalities...0 * Injuries...0 ...Summary... The National Weather Service in Caribou has confirmed a tornado between Millinocket and Grindstone in Penobscot County Maine on 08/05/2017. The tornado developed along a line of non-supercell thunderstorms and tracked through a wooded area between Millinocket and Grindstone. Damage along the path consisted of over 1000 trees snapped or blown down in a convergent pattern. The forest was a mix of hardwood and softwood trees. The tornado lifted just to the southwest of Grindstone. ...Tornado Confirmed In Sherman in Aroostook County Maine... Location...Sherman Date...08/05/2017 Estimated Time...1130 PM Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF1 Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...85 to 90 MPH Maximum Path Width...60 Feet Path Length...0.25 Mile Beginning Lat/Lon...45.91N / 68.36W Ending lat/Lon...45.91N / 68.35W * Fatalities...0 * Injuries...0 ...Summary... The National Weather Service in Caribou has confirmed a tornado in Sherman in southwestern Aroostook County Maine on 08/05/2017. The storm that produced the tornado in Penobscot County produced another brief tornado as it moved into Aroostook County. It ripped a large section of the roof off a barn when it touched down in Sherman. In addition, it destroyed a chicken coop and partially damaged another barn with two wagons in it. A nearby resident also had significant shingle damage to their roof. A few trees in the general area were uprooted. This information can also be found on our website at 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. * The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to change pending final review of the event(s) and publication in NWS Storm Data. $$ is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.