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Displaying AFOS PIL: PNSRNK Received: 2018-04-16 19:56 UTC

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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Blacksburg VA
356 PM EDT Mon Apr 16 2018

SUNDAY APRIL 15 2018...

Start Location...4 miles NE of New Castle in Craig County VA
End Location...4 miles NE of New Castle in Craig County VA
Estimated Time...503 to 504 PM EDT Sunday April 15 2018
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF1
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...105 mph
Maximum Path Width...150 yards 
Path Length...0.5 miles 
Beginning Lat/Lon...37.535 / -80.054 
Ending Lat/Lon...37.541 / -80.052 

A tornado briefly touched down just south of Hawkins Lane and
raced northward at approximately 60 mph, crossing Wild Cat Hollow
Road before lifting. Although the tornado was on the ground for 
less than one minute, considerable damage to trees, homes, and 
outbuildings occurred.

Approximately six homes encountered damage, including extensive 
removal of roof shingles and exterior vinyl siding and trimming. 
Several outbuildings and garages were either destroyed or severely

Three cars and a large double-axle trailer were physically moved 
or rotated by the strong winds - including one truck that was 
flipped, coming to rest upside down on another significantly 
damaged vehicle.

Pieces of outbuildings and lawn equipment, including a garden
cart, were lofted over 100 yards downstream and to the left of 
the storm motion. Two neighborhood dogs from two different homes, 
which were in strong outdoor enclosures, were either displaced or
lofted over 100 yards when their respective pens were destroyed. 
Both animals were not significantly injured.

Approximately 50 hardwood and softwood trees in the neighborhood,
some approximately 70 feet tall, were either uprooted or snapped.

The NWS wishes to thank Craig County Emergency Management for
their invaluable assistance in assisting with the damage survey -
as well as area residents who graciously allowed intrusion on to 
personal property to acquire information used in 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.