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Displaying AFOS PIL: PNSMHX Received: 2012-12-26 22:24 UTC


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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEWPORT/MOREHEAD CITY NC
524 PM EST WED DEC 26 2012

...TORNADO CONFIRMED NEAR BEAUFORT IN CARTERET COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA...

LOCATION...BEAUFORT IN CARTERET COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA
DATE...DECEMBER 26 2012
ESTIMATED TIME...258 PM EST
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF1
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...90 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...100 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...1/4 MILE
BEGINNING LAT/LON...34.79 N, 76.67 W
ENDING LAT/LON...34.80 N, 76.66 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 NEWPORT/MOREHEAD CITY NC HAS CONFIRMED
A TORNADO NORTH OF BEAUFORT IN CARTERET COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA ON
DECEMBER 26 2012.

A CIRCULATION ALOFT MOVED ONSHORE NEAR ATLANTIC BEACH AROUND 250
PM EST WITH REPORTS OF STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE AND GUSTS ABOVE
70 MPH FROM ATLANTIC BEACH AND FORT MACON NORTH THROUGH DOWNTOWN
MOREHEAD CITY. THE CIRCULATION TIGHTENED AND PRODUCED A TORNADO
NORTH OF BEAUFORT BEGINNING AT THE INTERSECTION OF TUTTLES GROVE
ROAD AND MADISON BAY DRIVE AND ENDED NEAR HWY 101 WITH A PATH
LENGTH OF APPROXIMATELY ONE QUARTER MILE. MAXIMUM WIDTH OF THE
TORNADO IS ESTIMATED AROUND 100 YARDS. MAXIMUM WIND SPEEDS ARE
ESTIMATED AROUND 90 MPH...AN EF1 ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE.

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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