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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PITTSBURGH PA
517 PM EDT WED JUL 9 2014

...EF-1 TORNADO CONFIRMED NEAR SMITHTOWN IN MARION AND MONONGALIA
COUNTIES IN WEST VIRGINIA...

LOCATION...ABOUT 5 MILES NORTHEAST OF FAIRMONT WEST VIRGINIA...BETWEEN
THE COMMUNITIES OF SMITHTOWN AND OPEKISKA.
DATE...JULY 8 2014
ESTIMATED TIME...325 PM TO 329 PM EDT
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF1
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...90 TO 100 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...50 YARDS PATH LENGTH...INTERMITTENT 2 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON...39.53N/80.06W ENDING LAT/LON...39.54/80.02W
* 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 PITTSBURGH PA HAS CONFIRMED AN
EF-1 TORNADO ABOUT 5 MILES NORTHEAST OF FAIRMONT WEST
VIRGINIA...AFFECTING THE COMMUNITIES OF SMITHTOWN...OPEKISKA AND
LITTLE FALLS.

AN ISOLATED SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORM MOVED QUICKLY ACROSS NORTHEAST
MARION AND CENTRAL MONONGALIA COUNTIES JUST BEFORE 330 PM EDT ON
TUESDAY JULY 8TH. POCKETS OF STRAIGHT-LINE WIND DAMAGE...MAINLY TO
HARDWOOD TREES...WERE FOUND FROM NEAR FAIRMONT TO JUST SOUTHEAST
OF MORGANTOWN WEST VIRGINIA. EMBEDDED WITHIN THIS WIND DAMAGE...A
NARROW CORRIDOR OF TORNADIC DAMAGE WAS SURVEYED FROM JUST WEST OF
COUNTY ROAD 73 NEAR SMITHTOWN...2 MILES NORTHEAST TO THE COMMUNITY
OF LITTLE FALLS. ALONG AN APPROXIMATELY 50 YARD WIDE
TRACK...NUMEROUS OLDER HARDWOOD TREES WERE FOUND SNAPPED OR
UPROOTED IN A CONVERGENT PATTERN...WITH SOME ROOT BALLS
APPROACHING 15 FEET IN DIAMETER. ONE STRUCTURE SUSTAINED MINOR
DAMAGE ALONG OPEKISKA ROAD...WHERE A TREE FELL ACROSS AND THROUGH
THE ROOF OF A WELL-CONSTRUCTED GARAGE. A LARGE EXPANSE OF TALL
GRASS BEHIND THIS PROPERTY WAS FLATTENED IN A CONVERGENT SWIRLING
PATTERN...ALSO CONSISTENT WITH A TORNADO. BEYOND LITTLE FALLS...NO
FURTHER EVIDENCE OF DAMAGE WAS FOUND FURTHER NORTHEAST ALONG
INTERSTATE 79 OR US HIGHWAY 119.

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

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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