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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Blacksburg VA
441 PM EDT Wed Apr 25 2018



...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR NORTHWEST AMHERST COUNTY TORNADO
EVENT...

The NWS in coordination with Amherst County Officials and Amherst
County Schools with access to a drone, as well as private citizens
in the area, has analyzed additional data collected over the past
week and determined that a separate tornado touched down to the
north of the path of a longer track tornado that had begun near
Lynchburg.  Here are more specifics:

Start Location...3.0 mi WNW of Lowesville in Amherst County VA
End Location...4.0 mi NW of Lowesville in Amherst County VA
Date...April 15, 2018
Estimated Time...738 to 741 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF0
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...85 mph
Maximum Path Width...75 yards
Path Length...1.5 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...37.724 / -79.123
Ending Lat/Lon...37.742 / -79.135
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...0

...Summary...
This tornado touched down on the north side of Piney Mountain
and just west of Indian Creek Road in a forested area, and
tracked toward the northwest roughly paralleling Indian Creek Road
until it finally crossed near the west end of the road and went
up the ridge on the other side but only a short distance. The
damage as seen in photos from the air and the ground was
considered to be EF0, mostly in the form of uprooted trees. The
damage path was about 1.5 miles long, and while difficult to tell,
the width was likely only around 75 yards wide at the most.

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.

$$

Keighton



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