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Issued by NWS Blacksburg, VA

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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Blacksburg VA
155 PM EDT Mon May 21 2018


Start Location...Approximately 5 miles southwest of Bedford City
End Location...Approximately 4 miles southwest of Bedford City
Date...May 19, 2018
Estimated Time...936 PM EDT - 938 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF1
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...90 mph
Maximum Path Width...100 yards
Path Length...1.0 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...37.28/-79.56
Ending Lat/Lon...37.29/-79.56
* Fatalities...None
* Injuries...None

A NWS damage assessment team has concluded that a tornado touched
down just south of Mount Olivet Road in Bedford County at
approximately 936 PM EDT on Saturday, May 19, 2018.

The tornado remained on the ground almost continually as it moved
north-northeast at around 30 mph though open farmland just west
of Big Easy Place Road, which is off of Highway 122. The tornado
continued a short distance further north over farmland before
lifting around 938 PM EDT before reaching the power lines about a
mile southwest of Hidden Oaks Lane.

Approximately 50 trees were either snapped, uprooted, or damaged
along the path of the tornado. No homes or outbuildings were

Damage indicators along most of the tornadic path were in the EF0
range, mainly 65 to 85 mph, but an isolated low-end EF1 damage
indicator consistent with 90 mph winds was noted, hence the storm
rating as EF1.

The NWS would like to thank local land owners for their assistance
in the conduction of this damage assessment survey.

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 event and publication in NWS
Storm Data.


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