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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
1204 AM EDT Sat May 18 2019



Start Location...5 ENE Rocky Bottom in Greenville County SC
End Location...5 SSW Cedar Mountain in Greenville County SC
Estimated Time...08:51 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF1
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...100 mph
Maximum Path Width...250.0 yards
Path Length...1.62 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...35.0665 / -82.7175
Ending Lat/Lon...35.0794 / -82.6936
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...0

A NWS damage survey confirmed an area of tornado damage in
extreme northwest Greenville county, within the Table Rock
watershed just north of Table Rock reservoir. Although the damage
was not discovered in this very remote area until early May, the
tornado likely occurred on 14 April 2019, when a Tornado-warned
supercell thunderstorm tracked through the Greenville County
mountains. While a thorough survey was impossible due to the very
rugged nature of the terrain, radar data strongly suggests the
tornado touched down between the summits of Rocky Mountain and
Buzzard Mountain, although the damage path was picked up by the
survey team on the south slope of Buzzard Mountain, about one
quarter mile below the summit. Damage here was confined to the
tops being blown out of multiple trees, with a dozen or so trees
uprooted. From there, the tornado moved east/northeast,
descending into the Slicking Creek drainage, where it appeared to
intensify, blowing down numerous trees in a cove just upstream of
the reservoir. The most intense damage occurred as the tornado
ascended the next ridge above Slicking Creek. Hundreds of trees
were blown down, with some large trees snapped about halfway up
within a cove on the southern slope of Slicking Mountain. Damage
here was all directed almost due north and up-drainage,
suggesting wind flowing into the east side of the tornado was
funneled by the terrain. The area immediately downstream of this
damage was inaccessible, but based upon radar data, the tornado
likely dissipated before reaching the Mountain Bridge Wilderness
Area. This is the first confirmed tornado in the Greenville
County mountains since official tornado records began in 1950.
Special thanks to employees of Greenville Water for making this
survey possible.

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

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

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