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000 NOUS41 KGYX 051941 PNSGYX MEZ007>009-012>014-018>028-NHZ001>015-052345- Public Information Statement National Weather Service Gray ME 341 PM EDT Wed Jul 5 2017 ...Tornado Confirmed Near Otisfield in Oxford County Maine... Location...Otisfield in Oxford County Maine Date...07/01/2017 Estimated Time...6:35 PM EDT Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF-0 Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...70 MPH Maximum Path Width...75 Yards Path Length...2.5 Miles Beginning Lat/Lon...44.09N / 70.59W Ending lat/Lon...44.10N / 70.55W * 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 Gray ME has confirmed a tornado near Otisfield in Oxford County Maine on 07/01/2017. This is the 5th confirmed tornado of the day in Maine. After further eyewitnesses reports and pictures that were received by the National Weather Service in Gray ME, we have confirmed a weak tornado occurred near Otisfield in Oxford County Maine on 07/01/2017. Initial damage was found on Bolsters Mill Road with large branches downed on power lines. As the storms moved on an easterly trajectory additional damage was noted on Bell Hill Road where a large pine tree fell on a house. Also large trees were downed on power lines. Continuing east, additional broken and/or blown down trees were found near the intersection of Peaco Hill Road and Rayville Road as well as downed power lines. Eyewitnesses reported the "ear-popping" sensation oftentimes reported with tornadoes. Video also shows substantial rotation at cloud base to the east of where the tornado occurred. This tornado was spawned from the same storm that produced the second Bridgton tornado around 614 PM. This information can also be found on our website at www.weather.gov/gyx. 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. $$ MLE

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