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000 NOUS42 KILM 242114 PNSILM NCZ087-096-099-105>110-SCZ017-023-024-032-033-039-053>056-250115- Public Information Statement National Weather Service Wilmington NC 514 PM EDT Wed May 24 2017 ...TORNADO CONFIRMED NEAR PARKTON IN ROBESON COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA... Location...Parkton in Robeson County North Carolina Date...May 23 2017 Estimated Time...338 PM EDT to 343 PM EDT Beginning Latitude/Longitude...34.9156N / -79.0695W Ending Latitude/Longitude...34.9239N / -79.0313W Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF0 Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...75 MPH Maximum Path Width...30 Yards Path Length...2.2 miles * 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 Wilmington NC has confirmed a tornado near Parkton in Robeson County North Carolina on May 23 2017. The tornado initially touched down just south of Sandy Grove Rd west of Chason Rd where it severely damaged a metal topped farm building. The tornado moved into a field then crossed Sandy Grove Rd causing large limbs to snap and roof uplift on a church and minor structural damage on the north side of the Sandy Grove and Chason Rd intersection. It then moved east of Chason Rd and just north of Sandy Grove Rd causing some uprooted trees and downed large limbs. As the tornado approached the intersection of Barlow Rd and Sandy Grove Rd it caused additional downed limbs, minor damage to four structures, and destroyed an outbuilding. The tornado crossed Barlow Rd and across fields until it crossed the Sansbury Lane area where it caused minor damage to a few more homes. It also uprooted a couple trees, one of which had a diameter greater than 4 feet. The tornado crossed Dave Bridge Rd where it knocked down a few trees and lifted near Glenn Rd. There were no injuries reported and the wind speed was fairly consistent along the entire path. 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 $$ SRP/DRH is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.