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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Gray ME
850 PM EDT Sun Jul 2 2017

...Tornado Confirmed on the West Side of Bridgton in Cumberland
County Maine...

Location...Bridgton in Cumberland County Maine
Date...July 1, 2017
Estimated Time...4:42 PM
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF1
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...90 to 100 MPH
Maximum Path Width...250 YARDS
Path Length...2 MILES
Beginning Lat/Lon...44.05N
Ending lat/Lon...70.82W
* 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.

The National Weather Service in Gray ME has confirmed a tornado
near Bridgton in Cumberland County Maine on July 1, 2017.

National Weather Service meteorologists surveyed several areas of
damage along a path beginning at the Shawnee Peak ski resort
extending northeast across Moose Pond including the causeway on
US Highway 302. The damage was found to be consistent with a
tornado and is accompanied by earlier received reports of a rain
wrapped tornado crossing US 302 at the Moose Pond causeway.

The first visible damage was on the mountain at Shawnee Peak ski
resort near Tycoon and Upper Roosevelt trails where several large
trees were snapped and uprooted. Additional damage was noted just
to the southeast of the parking lot near Jake`s Way at the
intersection with Mountain Road. The tornado then moved across
Moose Pond, arriving onshore again near the causeway of US 302. At
this location multiple power poles were blown over along the
causeway. Additional sporadic tree damage was noted along the
eastern shore of Moose Pond consistent with a tornado track. This
damage included a tree which was uprooted, causing damage to a
dock on the pond. The tornado likely lifted shortly after arriving
onshore and crossing US 302.

Eyewitness reports were also crucial in describing this tornado.
Residents on the eastern shore of Moose Pond reported getting the
Tornado Warning at 4:15 PM and then seeing a funnel pulling up
water as it crossed the pond around 4:45 PM. Another eyewitness
was travelling on US 302 when he observed what he described as a
rain wrapped tornado crossing the causeway over Moose Pond.

This tornado was rated as an EF1 with winds up to 100 mph. This
was based on large hardwood and softwood trees snapped and
uprooted along the path as well as power poles leaning due to the

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.


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