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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Grand Forks ND
535 PM CDT Fri Jul 19 2019

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 07/17/19 TORNADO EVENT...

.OVERVIEW...A series of thunderstorms moved across far northcentral
Minnesota from mid afternoon into the early evening. A number of storms
developed into tornadic supercells which tracked from far northwestern
Beltrami County, into and across southern Lake of the Woods County.
The area primarily affected was deep in the heart of the Beltrami Island
State Forest and is largely inaccessible by vehicle. Funnel clouds
were observed by storm spotters quite distant from the likely funnel
locations. A storm survey was conducted but travel was restricted to
only a few public access roads.

.Tornado #1... East of Gates Corner MN

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated peak wind:    80 mph
Path length /Statute/:  0.25 miles
Path width /Maximum/:   25 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start date:             Jul 17 2019
Start time:             405 pm CDT
Start location:         5 ENE Gates Corner / Beltrami County / MN
Start Lat/Lon:          48.4800 / -95.2200

End date:               Jul 17 2019
End time:               406 pm CDT
End location:           5.25 ENE Gates Corner / Beltrami County / MN
End lat/lon:            48.4810 / -95.2185

SURVEY SUMMARY: A PERSISTENT FUNNEL CLOUD WAS VIEWED FOR A FEW MINUTES
            BY AN OBSERVER LOCATED ABOUT 6 WSW OF NORRIS CAMP. THE
            FUNNEL APPEARED TO DESCEND VERY NEAR THE DISTANT TREE
            TOPS SOME 3 TO 8 MILES SSE OF THEIR LOCATION. THIS
            LOCATION IS DEEP IN THE RED LAKE WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA
            AND ABOUT 26 MILES SOUTH OF SWIFT. TIME AND LOCATION
            ESTIMATED BASED ON RADAR. PEAK WINDS AND WIDTH ARE
            LARGELY UNKNOWN.

.TORNADO #2... Southeast of Faunce MN

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated peak wind:    105 mph
Path length /Statute/:  15 miles
Path width /Maximum/:   100 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start date:             Jul 17 2019
Start time:             440 pm CDT
Start location:         3.5 S Faunce / Lake of the Woods County / MN
Start Lat/Lon:          48.5500 / -94.9500

End date:               Jul 17 2019
End time:               510 pm CDT
End location:           9 S Baudette / Lake of the Woods County / MN
End lat/lon:            48.5800 / -94.6000

SURVEY SUMMARY: THIS TORNADO SNAPPED SEVERAL POPLAR, SPRUCE, AND TAMARAC
            TREES LEAVING A 50 to 75 YARD WIDE GOUGE IN THE FOREST AND
            ACROSS FAUNCE ROAD SOUTH. IT TRACKED INTERMITTENTLY FOR
            ROUGHLY 15 MILES TO THE EAST NORTHEAST. THIS AREA IS DEEP IN
            THE heart of the BELTRAMI ISLAND STATE FOREST AND IS LARGELY
            INACCESSIBLE. HOWEVER SIMILAR TREE SNAP AREAS WERE NOTED
            ACROSS PILOT GLADE ROAD, ABOUT 10S OF PITT,AND ACROSS CR1
            ABOUT 5N OF CARP.

EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale Classifies
Tornadoes into the following categories.

EF0...Weak......65 to 85 mph
EF1...Weak......86 to 110 mph
EF2...Strong....111 to 135 mph
EF3...Strong....136 to 165 mph
EF4...Violent...166 To 200 mph
EF5...Violent...>200 mph

NOTE:
The information in this statement is PRELIMINARY and subject to
change pending final review of the events and publication in
NWS Storm Data.

$$

Gust


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