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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City NC
816 PM EDT Fri Sep 18 2020


.Southwest of Lowland, NC Tornado...

Start Location...3.5 miles southwest of Lowland in Pamlico County NC
End Location...3.5 miles southwest of Lowland in Pamlico County NC
Estimated Time...1:33 AM EDT to 1:34 AM EDT.
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF0
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...70 mph
Maximum Path Width...20 yards
Path Length...0.1 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...35.259364/-76.606632
Ending Lat/Lon...35.260232/-76.605169
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...0

An EF0 tornado occured over the Goose Creek Game Land along Highway 33
over northwest Pamlico County, less than a mile from the Beaufort and
Pamlico County line and about 3.5 miles southwest of Lowland.

In this remote location, a narrow path of debris could be found across
and along Highway 33. This consisted mainly of smaller size limbs of a
pine tree or other softwood tree. On the east side of Highway 33, 1
large pine tree was snapped just above the base and another tree was
uprooted. The stronger damage was pointed toward the northeast, with
some lighter convergent damage toward the southeast or into the path of
the storm.

The pine tree that was snapped looked to have some disease and the
uprooted tree was in a very swampy area of the gameland, thus probably
had a lower threshold for uprooting. These two factors along with the
lack of any appreciable damage nearby was enough to rate the tornado on
the lower end of the scale or an EF0 with top winds of around 70 MPH.

Note, the path length could be much longer but due to the remote area
surveyed, it could not be followed for it`s entirety.

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


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