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991 NOUS41 KLWX 042303 PNSLWX DCZ001-MDZ001-003>006-008-011-013-014-016>018-501>508-VAZ025>031- 036>040-050>057-501>508-WVZ050>053-055-501>506-051115- Public Information Statement National Weather Service Baltimore MD/Washington DC 703 PM EDT Tue May 4 2021 ...NWS Damage Survey for 05/03/21 Tornado in Ranson WV... Rating: EF-1 Estimated Peak Wind: 90 mph Path Length /statute/: 1.8 miles Path Width /maximum/: 125 yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 1 Start Date: May 3, 2021 Start Time: 6:27 PM EDT Start Location: Ranson WV Start Lat/Lon: 39.3108 / -77.8655 End Date: May 3, 2021 End Time: 6:32 PM EDT End Location: Ranson WV End Lat/Lon: 39.3134 / -77.8318 Narrative: A tornado touched down in Ranson West Virginia in the community along Robelei Drive just west of West Virginia Route 115/Mildred Street. The southernmost homes in this community were affected with minor siding and shingle damage. One homeowner with a personal home anemometer measured an unofficial 68mph wind gust. The last two properties, those closest to 115, had the most substantial damage. One outdoor shed was blown from its foundation, and another shed was shifted from its foundation. The trailer section of a tractor trailer was pushed a few feet laterally, and then pushed over onto Route 115. The trailer was being used for storage. Leaf spatter was noted on the homes, and insulation and cardboard was lofted into the power lines along the road. The most substantial damage was from a west wind. However one property had lawn furniture blown in the opposite direction. Several large tree limbs were snapped in differing directions. Two separate residents noted receiving the NWS Tornado Warning over their cell phones before the tornado hit, allowing time to seek safety in their homes. They also reported seeing the tornado moving into the next properties across WV-115. As the storm crossed WV-115, several large branches were snapped off trees in front of Two Crows Antique Mall. While many branches were thrown east, a large one was also thrown to the northwest. The tornado then struck a warehouse at Universal Forest Products and reached peak intensity. On this property it pushed over a large warehouse building that was partially opened along its sides. The main beams of the building were large timbers secured to the ground with bolts. The roof was tin and sections of that roof were carried a half a mile into an adjacent community. People were in the building at the time, but fortunately the only injury was a minor leg abrasion to one person. Another smaller warehouse building was also destroyed. It also caused roof and siding damage to at least two other buildings on this property. The tornado weakened substantially as it traveled east from the warehouses. Debris, but not significant tree damage was noted along Foal Street. Some intermittent damage continued into the new Fairfax Crossing community where some minor siding and shingle damage was noted as well as a few small ornamental trees that were downed. Some final pieces of tin roof were noted here as well. The tornado was witnessed to the south by someone in the nearby Potomac Marketplace shopping center as it crossed WV Route 9. From there it passed through mobile home communities along Grayrock Road and Cambridge Drive causing a few large branches to be snapped as well as some roofing damage to at least one mobile home. The tornado lifted before reaching Flowing Acres Road. The National Weather Service would like to thank the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in Jefferson County West Virginia, as well as our trained SKYWARN spotters in the area that provided invaluable information to us very quickly. EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the following categories: EF0.........65 to 85 mph EF1.........86 to 110 mph EF2.........111 to 135 mph EF3.........136 to 165 mph EF4.........166 to 200 mph EF5.........>200 mph $$

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