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NOUS42 KILM 062122

National Weather Service Wilmington NC
522 PM EDT Thu Aug 6 2020


.Bald Head to Southport tornado...updated

Start Location...East Beach area of Bald Head Island in
Brunswick County NC
End Location...Southport in Brunswick County NC
Estimated Time...07:55 PM EDT to 08:05 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF2
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...115 mph
Maximum Path Width...70.0 yards
Path Length...8.57 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...33.8456 / -77.9582
Ending Lat/Lon...33.9425 / -78.0509
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...0

The Bald Head Island to Southport NC tornado survey has been
updated to include information from Bald Head Island. The survey
team found significant damage to swaths of vegetation which
started near the East Beach area of Bald Head Island where a
strong waterspout moved onshore. The tornado also caused damage
to homes including roof loss and blown in windows as it moved
toward the northwest. The tornado moved across Bald Head Creek
into the Dogwood Ridge Trail area where some of the most extensive
damage was found. The tornado then crossed portions of Cape Creek
and across the Cape Fear River coming onshore again near West Bay St.
The tornado caused damage to homes and especially trees from W. West
St. to W. 9th St., Robet Ruak Dr., Bonner Bussells Dr. SE, prior to
lifting near Dutchman Creek Outlet Channel.

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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