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

...Tornado Confirmed Near Bridgton in Cumberland County Maine...

Location...Bridgton in Cumberland County Maine
Estimated Time...614 PM to 625 PM EDT Maximum EF-Scale
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...100 to 110 MPH
Maximum Path Width...200 Yards
Path Length...2.2 Miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...44.06N / 70.72W
Ending lat/Lon...44.06N / 70.67W
* 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.

The National Weather Service in Gray ME has confirmed a tornado
near Bridgton in Cumberland County Maine on 07/01/2017.

National Weather Service meteorologists surveyed extensive
damage resulting from a tornado that formed over the southeast
portion of Highland Lake. The tornado moved onshore snapping and
uprooting several large trees some of which fell onto structures
and vehicles. There was a report of one minor injury due to a
person being cut by glass.

The tornado appears to have briefly lifted before setting back
down on the west shore of Long Lake in the vicinity of Obelazy
Lane where a Camp Ground was particularly hard hit. This area
received extensive damage resulting from numerous large soft and
hardwood trees falling onto cars, A-Frame buildings and camping
vehicles. Despite the widespread injuries were
reported in this area.

This tornado was rated a high end EF1 with winds up to 110 mph.
This was based on large hard wood and softwood trees being snapped
at the base of the trees. Some trees were over 2 feet in
diameter. There was no significant debarking noted which kept the
rating in the EF1 category.

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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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