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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