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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RALEIGH NC
508 PM EDT TUE MAY 15 2012

...TORNADO CONFIRMED 7.5 MILES SOUTHWEST OF ROCKINGHAM IN
RICHLAND COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA...

LOCATION...7.5 MILES SW OF ROCKINGHAM IN RICHLAND COUNTY NC
DATE...MAY 14, 2012
ESTIMATED TIME...12:55 PM TO 12:58 PM EDT
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF1
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...90 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH....100 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...APPROXIMATELY 2 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON...34.827N / 79.834W 
ENDING LAT/LON...34.844N / 79.806W
* 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 RALEIGH NC HAS CONFIRMED A TORNADO 
WITH A BRIEF AND DISCONTINUOUS 2 MILE DAMAGE PATH...LOCATED ABOUT 
7.5 MILES SOUTHWEST OF ROCKINGHAM IN RICHLAND COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA 
ON MAY 14, 2012. 

AT APPROXIMATELY 12:55 PM EDT ON MONDAY MAY 14, 2012, WEAK AND
VERY BRIEF TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN A FORESTED AREA ABOUT 8.5 MILES
SOUTHWEST OF ROCKINGHAM AND PRODUCED A SMALL AREA OF TREE DAMAGE
WHICH INCLUDED UPROOTED AND SNAPPED PINE TREES. THE NUMBER OF
TREES AND TYPE OF DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH WIND SPEEDS OF 75
MPH, WHICH CORRESPONDS TO AN EF0 DAMAGE RATING ON THE ENHANCED
FUJITA SCALE. THE ORDER IN WHICH THE TREES FELL AND LANDED ON EACH
OTHER CONFIRMED THAT A TORNADO HAD TOUCHED DOWN IN THIS AREA AND
THAT THIS WAS THE FIRST TOUCHDOWN ALONG THE PATH.

THE NEXT AREA OF DAMAGE ALONG THE DISCONTINUOUS DAMAGE PATH WAS
ABOUT ONE-TENTH OF A MILE TO THE NORTHEAST OF THE FIRST TOUCHDOWN,
OR APPROXIMATELY 8.3 MILES SOUTHWEST OF ROCKINGHAM. ALTHOUGH MUCH
OF THE DAMAGE IN THIS AREA WAS MINOR AND INCLUDED ROOF COVERING
AND SHINGLE DAMAGE AND BROKEN TREE LIMBS, THERE WAS A SMALL AREA
OF ENHANCED DAMAGE THAT INCLUDED NUMEROUS SNAPPED AND DOWNED
TREES, A CARPORT THAT WAS LIFTED AND TOSSED APPROXIMATELY 250
YARDS, A SMALL TIN AND ALUMINUM FRAMED GARAGE THAT WAS LEVELED,
AND A SINGLE STORY HOME WITH DAMAGE THAT EXHIBITED THE UPLIFTING
OF ITS ROOF, LOSS OF APPROXIMATELY 30 PERCENT OF ITS ROOF COVER,
AND NUMEROUS BROKEN WINDOWS. THIS DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH WIND
SPEEDS OF APPROXIMATELY 90 MPH, WHICH CORRESPONDS TO A LOW-END
EF1 DAMAGE RATING ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE. THE WIDTH OF THE
DAMAGE PATH WAS APPROXIMATELY 100 YARDS AT THIS LOCATION.

THE TORNADO THEN APPEARED TO LIFT, AND THE FINAL TOUCHDOWN AND
NOTABLE DAMAGE AREA (END OF THE TRACK PATH) WAS LOCATED
APPROXIMATELY 6.8 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF ROCKINGHAM. DAMAGE IN
THIS AREA INCLUDED A SIGNIFICANT SWATH OF DOWNED AND SNAPPED
PINE TREES, WITH A WIDTH OF APPROXIMATELY 100 YARDS. THE
PERCENTAGE OF DOWNED TREES AND TYPE OF DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH
WIND SPEEDS OF 90 MPH, WHICH CORRESPONDS TO A LOW-END EF1 DAMAGE
RATING ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE.

THE TORNADO THEN LIFTED AT APPROXIMATELY 12:58 PM EDT AND
DISSIPATED, AND NO FURTHER DAMAGE WAS FOUND.

IN ADDITION TO THE BRIEF TORNADO TOUCH DOWNS ALONG THE 2 MILE
PATH, OTHER MINOR WIND DAMAGE ALONG OR NEAR THIS PATH WAS
CONSISTENT WITH STRAIGHT-LINE WIND DAMAGE.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RALEIGH WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE
RICHMOND COUNTY EMERGENCY SERVICES STAFF AND DIRECTOR FOR THEIR
ASSISTANCE WITH CONDUCTING THIS DAMAGE SURVEY.

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

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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