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000 NOUS42 KILM 182107 PNSILM NCZ087-096-099-105>110-SCZ017-023-024-032-033-039-053>056-190115- Public Information Statement National Weather Service Wilmington NC 507 PM EDT SAT JUN 18 2016 ...NWS Meteorologists Completed a Survey of Storm Damage West of Kingstree in Williamsburg County South Carolina... The National Weather Service office in Wilmington NC conducted a storm survey for the area west of Kingstree in Williamsburg County, South Carolina. The survey was in relation to the severe thunderstorms that moved through the area between 3 and 4 pm on June 17 2016. Although preliminary information received at the National Weather Service included reports of a possible tornado, the storm survey determined that a tornado did not occur. The damage resulted from straightline winds gusting as high as 75 to 85 mph. The most significant damage was observed along Manning Highway between Easler Highway and Highway 52, where tree damage was widespread. Numerous large limbs were blown out of healthy trees along this 5 mile stretch of road. Also, a few tree tops were snapped out of healthy trees up to 14 inches in diameter. There were a few larger trees that were snapped off, but these larger trees were weakened by a considerable amount of rotten wood. In addition, a few medium to large trees were uprooted. Several homes lost a small amount of shingles or flashing, and some received mostly minor damage from falling trees or limbs. There were also a few outdoor buildings that were damaged or destroyed as the wind lifted their metal roofing and deposited it up to 100 yards away. $$ CRM/MP

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