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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WAKEFIELD VA
445 PM EDT SAT MAY 20 2000

...SURVEY OF HANOVER TORNADO OF MAY 19TH...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WAKEFIELD CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF
THE POSSIBLE TORNADO IN THE STUDLEY AREA IN HANOVER COUNTY. VERY LITTLE
DAMAGE OF ANY SORT WAS VISIBLE. THERE WERE A FEW ISOLATED TREES AND 
NUMEROUS BRANCHES DOWNED...BUT THERE WAS NO CONCENTRATED AREA OF DAMAGE
OR A DAMAGE PATH. IT IS BELIEVED...BASED UPON THE EYEWITNESS REPORTS
RECEIVED...THAT A BRIEF WEAK TORNADO TOUCHDOWN OCCURRED...PROBABLY IN A
DENSELY WOODED AREA WHERE DAMAGE WOULD BE DIFFICULT TO SEE FROM GROUND
OR STREET LEVEL.

WHILE WIND/TORNADO DAMAGED WAS LIMITED...A LARGE LONG-LIVED HAIL SWATH
WAS EVIDENT FROM THE STORM. THE SWATH EXTENDED FROM NORTHERN NEW KENT
COUNTY WEST-NORTHWESTWARD INTO HANOVER COUNTY NEAR AND NORTH OF
ASHLAND...AND WAS 3 TO 5 MILES WIDE IN MANY AREAS. ADDITIONAL HAIL
REPORTS ALONG THE PATH OF THE STORM...OUTSIDE THE AREA SURVEYED FOR
TORNADO DAMAGE...SUGGEST THE HAIL SWATH PRODUCED BY YESTERDAY'S SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM COULD HAVE BEEN WELL OVER 50 MILES LONG.

BILL SAMMLER
WCM NWS WAKEFIELD VA












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