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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
National Weather Service RALEIGH NC
815 PM EDT Mon Apr 16 2018

...TORNADO CONFIRMED IN GREENSBORO NC AND NORTHEAST GUILFORD
COUNTY...

LOCATION...GREENSBORO, GUILFORD COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA AND 
NORTHEAST GUILFORD COUNTY
DATE...APRIL 15 2018 
ESTIMATED TIME...507 PM TO 525 PM EDT 
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF2 
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...135 MPH 
BEGINNING LAT/LON........36.0468N/79.7597W 
ENDING LAT/LON...........36.2439N/79.6409W 
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...1/4 mile (500 yards) 
PATH LENGTH...16 MILES 
* FATALITIES...0 (1 fatality occurred west of the tornado track)
* INJURIES...At least 3. 

...Summary...

The National Weather Service in Raleigh NC has confirmed a tornado 
in Guilford County North Carolina, which began in Greensboro and 
continued north-northeast to near the Guilford/Rockingham County 
line, on April 15, 2018. 

The tornado initially touched down on the north side of I-40 near 
where Willow Road crosses I-40. Damage at this point consisted of 
snapped trees and was consistent with 90 mph wind speeds, or EF-1 on 
the Enhanced Fujita Scale. 

The tornado remained on the ground as it traveled north toward 
Peeler Elementary School.  Numerous homes in this area were damaged 
along with substantial tree damage.  The tornado wind speeds at this 
location were estimated to be approximately 100 mph. 

The tornado continued traveling north and reached a peak intensity 
and maximum path width in the Hampton Community and near Hampton 
Elementary School. At this school a large portion of the roof was 
blown off and three adjacent portable classroom buildings 
(manufactured buildings) were completely destroyed and leveled. The 
damage to the main school building was consistent with wind speeds 
around 110 mph (DI 15/DOD 6), while the damage to the adjacent 
portable units was consistent with wind speeds of 135 mph (DI 4/DOD 
12), which is a high-end EF2 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. It’s 
worth noting that the neighborhoods adjacent to this school 
experienced a wide and substantial path of devastation which 
included snapped and uprooted trees, snapped power poles, homes that 
were pushed off of their foundation, numerous homes that lost most 
or all of their roof cover, and several homes with exterior walls 
blown out. The survey found the width of the tornado, and 
particularly the width of the EF1 and EF2 wind speeds, contributed 
to a particularly wide path of destruction.  

The tornado then continued north-northeast and mostly remained on 
the ground all the way to the Guilford/Rockingham County line. Along 
the way, the damage consisted mostly of snapped and uprooted trees, 
and roof and siding damage to several additional homes. The tornado 
appeared to produce minor tree damage (with wind speeds 80 mph or 
less) just before crossing into Rockingham County. 

Finally, the aforementioned path length (16 miles) consists of just 
the Guilford County path.  The tornado continued into Rockingham 
County, and remained on the ground for an additional 17.6 miles. 
Thus, the total path length for this particular tornado, considering 
both the Guilford and Rockingham County segments, was 33.6 miles.  

NWS Raleigh would like to thank Guilford County Emergency Management 
and North Carolina Emergency Management for their support and 
assistance with this survey.  

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 Data.

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