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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILMINGTON NC
1000 PM EDT THU MAY 21 2015

...TORNADO CONFIRMED NEAR BOLTON 3 E IN COLUMBUS COUNTY NORTH
CAROLINA...

LOCATION...BOLTON 3 E IN COLUMBUS COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA
DATE...05/21/2015
ESTIMATED TIME...4:12 PM EDT TO 4:18 PM EDT
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF-1
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...105 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...100 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...1.56 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON...34.3227N / -78.3549W
ENDING LAT/LON...34.3094N / -78.3329W
* 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 APPROXIMATELY 3 MILES EAST OF BOLTON IN COLUMBUS COUNTY
NORTH CAROLINA ON 05/21/2015.

THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ON THE NORTH SIDE OF HIGHWAY 74 AND
SNAPPED APPROXIMATELY 100 PINE TREES. THE TORNADO MOVED SOUTHEAST
AND CROSSED HIGHWAY 74 CAUSING SIGNIFICANT STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO
A SINGLE WIDE MOBILE HOME AND ADJACENT BUILDINGS. NUMEROUS LARGE
PINE TREES WERE SNAPPED IN THE VICINITY OF THE RESIDENCE. THE
TORNADO CONTINUED SOUTHEAST THROUGH FOREST AND SNAPPED LARGE PINE
TREES THAT BLOCKED ROBINSON ROAD. ADDITIONAL TREES WERE SNAPPED
AND LARGE LIMBS BROKEN AS THE TORNADO CROSSED SPEARMAN ROAD. SEVERAL
POWER LINES WERE DOWN IN THE AREA DUE TO TREE DAMAGE.

A FEW SNAPPED TREES AND NUMEROUS LARGE BROKEN LIMBS WERE NOTED
SOUTH OF SPEARMAN ROAD AS THE STORM APPROACHED AND CROSSED BYRDVILLE-
FREEMAN ROAD. SOME LARGE LIMBS FELL ONTO A HOUSE ON RURAL ROAD 1839.
SPOTTY MINOR TREE DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED AS THE STORM CROSSED LIVINGSTON
CHAPEL ROAD...HOWEVER A CONCENTRATED AREA OF MORE SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE
WAS NOTED ALONG SWIMMING HOLE ROAD. AT THIS POINT...THE SURVEY ENDED
DUE TO THE LOSS OF DAYLIGHT. THIS AREA WILL BE ASSESSED FRIDAY MORNING.

THIS INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE AT
WEATHER.GOV/ILM.

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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