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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Charleston WV
610 PM EDT Sat Jun 24 2017

...TORNADO CONFIRMED NEAR SALEM IN HARRISON COUNTY WEST
VIRGINIA...

Location...4 ESE Salem in Harrison County West Virginia
Date...June 23, 2017
Estimated Time...7:58 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF1
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...110 MPH
Maximum Path Width...400 yards
Path Length...4.42 miles
* 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 Charleston WV has confirmed a
tornado near Salem in Harrison County West Virginia on June 23
2017.

Based on initial survey results, this tornado developed east-
southeast of Salem, WV around 7:58 PM EDT. An initial area of
straight line wind damage was observed near Jarvisville Rd. at
Sycamore Shaw Rd. with the tornado track beginning along Sycamore
Shaw Rd.

Widespread tree damage was observed with numerous trees snapped
and uprooted, including large, healthy pine trees. Several
structures were damaged in this area, including a barn that
collapsed and partially slid off its foundation, and a two story
home that suffered partial wall failure on its eastern side.

The tornado continued to the east-northeast, causing similar tree
damage and impacting additional structures in the Harmony Valley
Retirement Community along Gawthrop Ln. Numerous trees in this
area were snapped, as well as two wooden utility poles. At least
one building had a small portion of its roof removed and a small
SUV was flipped.

The most extensive tree damage occurred along Old Davisson Run Rd.
where many healthy trees were snapped and uprooted. There are
indications damage in this area was from a combination of the
tornado and a prominent surge of straight line winds. Further
assessment of survey results should clarify details of this
damage. The tornado dissipated soon after crossing Old Davisson
Run Rd., approximately 3.7 W of Clarksburg, West Virginia.

Further review of assessment data will offer information on path
width and the characteristics of non-tornado winds near the
tornado track.

This information can also be found on our website at
weather.gov/RLX.

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

$$

Cooper



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