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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Baltimore MD/Washington DC
432 PM EDT Thu Jul 6 2017

...Tornado Confirmed Near Charles Town in Jefferson County WV...

Location...Charles Town in Jefferson County WV
Date...July 05 2017
Estimated Time...8:14 PM to 8:15 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF-0
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...70 mph
Maximum Path Width...30 Yards
Path Length...0.25 mile
Beginning Lat/Lon...39.297 N / 77.844 W
Ending lat/Lon...39.300 N / 77.847 W
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...0

* The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
  change pending final review of the event and publication in NWS
  Storm Data.

The National Weather Service in Baltimore MD/Washington DC has
confirmed a weak tornado near Charles Town in Jefferson County WV on
July 05 2017.

A small tornado touched down at the entrance to the Jefferson
Crossing Shopping Center on Flowing Springs Road just north of
U.S. 340. The tornado damaged the sign at the entrance.

The tornado crossed Flowing Springs Road and damaged the roofing
of three barns and the door to a fourth barn located at Hollywood
Casino at Charles Town Races. One barn lost a section of roof
completely, leaving seven stalls exposed. Debris from the roof of
one barn was thrown into power lines, snapping a telephone pole.
Fencing was also damaged by debris from the roof. Projectile
impacts were also noted in nearby barn roofs from two- by-four
pieces of wood that were lofted by the tornado.

The tornado lifted as it crossed East Fifth Avenue near the
vehicle entrance to the barn area.

The tornado was captured on security camera footage at the
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. The footage showed
sections of barn roof being lifted and spun into the air.

Velocity data from the FAA Terminal Doppler Radar located near
Leesburg VA that serves Washington Dulles International Airport
corroborated these impacts with a brief, weak shear signature
from 0014 to 0015 UTC.

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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