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000 NOUS41 KGYX 161621 PNSGYX Public Information Statement National Weather Service Gray ME 1222 PM EDT Wed May 16 2018 ...UPDATED INFORMATION - TORNADO CONFIRMED IN CHESHIRE, SULLIVAN AND MERRIMACK COUNTIES NEW HAMPSHIRE... Note: Based on additional reports, the starting location of the tornado path in New Hampshire has been adjusted westward to the Connecticut River. The first observed tornado damage in New Hampshire was in North Walpole in Cheshire County. Location...Cheshire, Sullivan and Merrimack Counties in New Hampshire Date...May 4 2018 Estimated Time...918 PM to 955 PM Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF1 Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...90 to 100 mph Maximum Path Width...300 yards Path Length...38.5 miles Beginning Lat/Lon...43.1462N/72.4568W Ending lat/Lon...43.2918N/-71.7295W * 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 Gray ME has confirmed a tornado in Cheshire, Sullivan and Merrimack County New Hampshire on May 4 2018. The first observed damage in New Hampshire was in North Walpole in northern Cheshire County. The tornado then moved through the southeastern corner of Charlestown, and the towns of Langdon, Acworth, Lempster, Bradford, Warner, and Webster. The last observed damage was near Route 127 in Webster. Total track length was about 38.5 miles with a maximum width of about 300 yards. The tornado was rated E-F1 based on the damage in the Town of Warner where winds were estimated to have gusted to 90 to 100 mph. This was the 2nd longest tornado recorded in New Hampshire history and also the 2nd earliest tornado in New Hampshire since records started in 1950. This information can also be found on our website at 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 $$ Jensenius is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.