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000 NOUS42 KILM 192144 PNSILM NCZ087-096-099-105>110-SCZ017-023-024-032-033-039-053>056-200145- Public Information Statement National Weather Service Wilmington NC 544 PM EDT Wed Jul 19 2017 ...TORNADO CONFIRMED NEAR SURF CITY IN PENDER COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA... Location...Surf City in Pender County North Carolina Date...July 19 2017 Estimated Time...1123 AM EDT to 1125 AM EDT Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF-0 Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...70 MPH Maximum Path Width...25 Yards Path Length...0.14 Miles Beginning Lat/Lon...34.4181N / 77.5553W Ending lat/Lon...34.4200N / 77.5566W * 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 Wilmington NC has confirmed a tornado near Surf City in Pender County North Carolina on July 19 2017. A waterspout moved onshore near 1003 S. Shore Dr. tossing patio furniture and causing minor damage to wooden patio fencing. The tornado quickly moved across S. Shore Dr near the intersection of Seahorse Ave and caused minor roof damage to the house on the corner of this intersection. The tornado caused more roof damage to a home on the north side of Seahorse Ave as well as a town house before lifting. There was considerable video evidence of the waterspout/tornado during this event. 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 $$ Pfaff is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.