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000 NOUS42 KRAH 240344 PNSRAH NCZ007>011-021>028-038>043-073>078-083>086-088-089-240645- Public Information Statement National Weather Service Raleigh NC 1143 PM EDT Tue May 23 2017 ...Tornado Confirmed Near Autryville in Sampson County North Carolina... Location...Autryville in Sampson County North Carolina Date...May 23, 2017 Estimated Time...438 PM EDT Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF1 Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...105-110 mph Maximum Path Width...100 yards Path Length...Approximately 14 miles non-continuous Beginning Lat/Lon...34.999 / -78.6462 Ending lat/Lon...35.0469 / -78.4040 * Fatalities...0 * Injuries...1 * 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 Raleigh NC has confirmed a tornado near Autryville in Sampson County North Carolina on May 23, 2017. At approximately 4:38 PM EDT, a tornado touched down just west of highway 24 on the west side of Autryville, where it produced tree damage as well as destroying one mobile home and taking the roof off of another near Mills Street and East Clinton Street. The tornado then briefly lifted before descending again near the Autryville Volunteer Fire Department, which was destroyed as the garage doors blew in, the roof lifted and the cinder block wall was blown down. The tornado then touched down again on the northeast side of Autryville, near Johnson Tanner Lane, where several homes were damaged. The tornado lifted again, doing little additional damage until touching down again near McGee Church Road, where it destroyed a vacant turkey house and snapped numerous trees and power poles. It then dissipated at approximately 5:17 PM EDT. There were no fatalities and only one minor injury reported. Thanks to Sampson County Emergency Services for their help in assisting in the storm survey. This information can also be found on our website at weather.gov/RAH. 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. $$ 10/7/23

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