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Public Information Statement...CORRECTED
National Weather Service Gray ME
347 PM EDT Wed Jul 5 2017

...Tornado Confirmed Near Otisfield in Oxford County Maine...

Location...Otisfield in Oxford County Maine
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.

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 eyewitness 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

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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