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NOUS42 KGSP 192225
PNSGSP
NCZ048-051>053-059-063-064-200230-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
625 PM EDT WED JUN 19 2013

...TORNADO CONFIRMED IN THE BIG CREEK AREA OF THE GREAT SMOKY
MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK IN HAYWOOD COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA...

LOCATION...BIG CREEK AREA...GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS (HAYWOOD COUNTY) 
DATE...JUNE 13 2013 
ESTIMATED TIME...410 PM EDT 
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF1
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...100 MPH 
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...100 YARDS 
PATH LENGTH...TO BE DETERMINED
BEGINNING LAT/LON...TO BE DETERMINED 
ENDING LAT/LON...35.73 N/83.14 W
* 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 GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC HAS
CONFIRMED A TORNADO IN THE BIG CREEK AREA OF THE GREAT SMOKY
MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK IN HAYWOOD COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA ON JUNE
13 2013. 

A SURVEY TEAM THAT INCLUDED REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE AND THE UNC-ASHEVILLE ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES
DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATED A REPORTED DAMAGE AREA IN THE BIG CREEK
REGION OF THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS TODAY. THE SURVEY TEAM FOUND
AN AREA OF EXTENSIVE TREE DAMAGE ABOUT 3.5 MILES UP THE DEEP CREEK
TRAIL FROM ITS TERMINUS AT DEEP CREEK CAMPGROUND. THIS APPEARED TO
BE THE END OF A DAMAGE PATH. HUNDREDS OF SMALL TREES WERE SNAPPED
10 TO 20 FEET ABOVE THE GROUND...AND DOZENS OF LARGE TREES
UPROOTED ALONG A ONE-HALF MILE SECTION OF THE TRAIL. THE DAMAGE
PATH MORE OR LESS PARALLELED DEEP CREEK...SUGGESTING THE FLOW WAS
CHANNELED DOWN THE VALLEY...WITH ALL THE DAMAGE BEING BLOWN TOWARD
THE NORTH OR NORTHWEST. CONSIDERING A PARENT STORM MOTION FROM THE
NORTHWEST...THE DAMAGE PATTERN WAS HIGHLY CONVERGENT...WHILE THE
DAMAGE PATH WAS VERY CONCENTRATED ACROSS A WIDTH OF ABOUT 100
YARDS. THESE FACTORS WERE CLEARLY INDICATIVE OF A TORNADO. THE
SURVEY TEAM VIEWED A DAMAGE PATH THAT EXTENDED UP TO A RIDGE TOP
ABOVE /LOW GAP/...AND DISCUSSIONS WITH A TRAIL MAINTENANCE CREW
INDICATED THAT THE DAMAGE PATH EXTENDED WEST/NORTHWEST TO AT LEAST
THE TENNESSEE LINE. HOWEVER...DOWNED TREES AND THE RUGGED TERRAIN
MADE A COMPLETE SURVEY IMPOSSIBLE. THE SURVEY TEAM HOPES TO USE
HIGH RESOLUTION SATELLITE DATA TO PRECISELY MARK THE BEGINNING AND
ENDING LOCATIONS OF THIS TORNADO IN THE DAYS AHEAD.

THIS INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE AT
WEATHER.GOV/GSP.

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.

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NOUS42 KGSP 201914 CCA
PNSGSP
NCZ048-051>053-059-063-064-200230-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...CORRECTED TYPOS IN TEXT 
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
625 PM EDT WED JUN 19 2013

...TORNADO CONFIRMED IN THE BIG CREEK AREA OF THE GREAT SMOKY
MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK IN HAYWOOD COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA...

LOCATION...BIG CREEK AREA...GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS (HAYWOOD COUNTY) 
DATE...JUNE 13 2013 
ESTIMATED TIME...410 PM EDT 
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF1
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...100 MPH 
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...100 YARDS 
PATH LENGTH...TO BE DETERMINED
BEGINNING LAT/LON...TO BE DETERMINED 
ENDING LAT/LON...35.73 N/83.14 W
* 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 GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC HAS
CONFIRMED A TORNADO IN THE BIG CREEK AREA OF THE GREAT SMOKY
MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK IN HAYWOOD COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA ON JUNE
13 2013. 

A SURVEY TEAM THAT INCLUDED REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE AND THE UNC-ASHEVILLE ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES
DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATED A REPORTED DAMAGE AREA IN THE BIG CREEK
REGION OF THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS TODAY. THE SURVEY TEAM FOUND AN 
AREA OF EXTENSIVE TREE DAMAGE ABOUT 3.5 MILES UP THE BIG CREEK TRAIL 
FROM ITS TERMINUS AT BIG CREEK CAMPGROUND. THIS APPEARED TO BE THE 
END OF A DAMAGE PATH. HUNDREDS OF SMALL TREES WERE SNAPPED 10 TO 20 
FEET ABOVE THE GROUND...AND DOZENS OF LARGE TREES UPROOTED ALONG A 
ONE-HALF MILE SECTION OF THE TRAIL. THE DAMAGE PATH MORE OR LESS 
PARALLELED BIG CREEK...SUGGESTING THE FLOW WAS CHANNELED DOWN THE 
VALLEY...WITH ALL THE DAMAGE BEING BLOWN TOWARD THE NORTH OR 
NORTHWEST. CONSIDERING A PARENT STORM MOTION FROM THE NORTHWEST... 
THE DAMAGE PATTERN WAS HIGHLY CONVERGENT...WHILE THE DAMAGE PATH WAS 
VERY CONCENTRATED ACROSS A WIDTH OF ABOUT 100 YARDS. THESE FACTORS 
WERE CLEARLY INDICATIVE OF A TORNADO. THE SURVEY TEAM VIEWED A 
DAMAGE PATH THAT EXTENDED UP TO A RIDGE TOP ABOVE /LOW GAP/...AND 
DISCUSSIONS WITH A TRAIL MAINTENANCE CREW INDICATED THAT THE DAMAGE 
PATH EXTENDED WEST/NORTHWEST TO AT LEAST THE TENNESSEE LINE. 
HOWEVER...DOWNED TREES AND THE RUGGED TERRAIN MADE A COMPLETE SURVEY 
IMPOSSIBLE. THE SURVEY TEAM HOPES TO USE HIGH RESOLUTION SATELLITE 
DATA TO PRECISELY MARK THE BEGINNING AND ENDING LOCATIONS OF THIS 
TORNADO IN THE DAYS AHEAD.

THIS INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE AT
WEATHER.GOV/GSP.

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.

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