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Displaying AFOS PIL: PNSMHX Received: 2012-09-19 21:46 UTC


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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEWPORT/MOREHEAD CITY NC
546 PM EDT WED SEP 19 2012

...TORNADO CONFIRMED NEAR NEAR TRENTON IN JONES COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA...

LOCATION...NEAR TRENTON IN JONES COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA
DATE...SEPTEMBER 18 2012
ESTIMATED TIME...424 PM EDT
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF0
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...65 TO 85 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...300 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...5 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON...35.04N / 77.46 W
ENDING LAT/LON...35.07N / 77.38W


* 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 NEWPORT/MOREHEAD CITY NC HAS CONFIRMED
A TORNADO NEAR NEAR TRENTON IN JONES COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA ON SEPTEMBER
18 2012.

THERE WERE THREE DISTINCT DAMAGE PATHS FROM WHAT APPEAR TO BE
THREE SEPARATE TOUCH DOWNS ALONG THE 5 MILE TOTAL PATH. THE FIRST
TOUCH DOWN TRACKED FOR ABOUT 0.15 MILES AND WAS ABOUT 100 YARDS
WIDE. IT DOWNED A LARGE TREE ONTO HIGHWAY 41, DESTROYED A
GREENHOUSE AND DAMAGED A SHED AND OUT BUILDING AT A RESIDENCE. A
VEHICLE WAS DAMAGED BY FLYING DEBRIS. THE SECOND TOUCH DOWN WAS
MAINLY EVIDENT IN TREE DAMAGE. IT ALSO FLIPPED A FARM IRRIGATION
SYSTEM. IT WAS ESTIMATED TO BE ABOUT 150 YARDS WIDE AND MAY HAVE
TRACKED FOR ABOUT 0.5 MILES. THE THIRD AND FINAL TOUCH DOWN WAS
ABOUT 300 YARDS WIDE AND TRACKED FOR ABOUT 0.25 MILES. IT OCCURRED
NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 41 AND WHITAKER ROAD. ASIDE FROM
KNOCKING DOWN ONE VERY LARGE TREE, DAMAGE WAS MOSTLY LIMITED TO
LARGE TREE LIMBS AND BRANCHES, AND A FEW ROAD SIGNS. THE DAMAGE
CATEGORY NEVER EXCEEDED AN EF0.

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

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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RSB