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May 8, 2008 England Run (Stafford) Tornado

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
358 PM EDT FRI MAY 9 2008

...TORNADO CONFIRMED IN STAFFORD COUNTY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS DISPATCHED A
STORM SURVEY TEAM TO THE STAFFORD AND SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY AREA TO
STUDY STORM DAMAGE THAT OCCURRED LAST NIGHT. THE SURVEY TEAM HAS
DETERMINED THAT A LOW END EF2 TORNADO STRUCK THE ENGLAND RUN NORTH
SUBDIVISION AT ABOUT 1055 PM LAST NIGHT. ENGLAND RUN MARKS THE END
OF THE TORNADO TRACK...WHICH WAS ABOUT 4 MILES LONG AND 150 YARDS
WIDE. ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WINDS ARE 120 MPH. THERE WERE NO
FATALITIES REPORTED.

IN ADDITION...THE SURVEY TEAM HAS DETERMINED THAT DAMAGE THAT
OCCURRED IN SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY WAS DUE TO STRAIGHT LINE WINDS.
STRUCTURES AFFECTED INCLUDE A TOBACCO BARN...WHICH WAS
DEMOLISHED...AND 3 WAREHOUSES WHICH SUSTAINED DAMAGE. THE PATH
LENGTH WAS ABOUT 1 MILE LONG...STARTING IN SPOTSYLVANIA
COUNTY...AND CONTINUING INTO FREDERICKSBURG CITY. ESTIMATED WINDS
ARE 100 MPH.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ALSO RECEIVED INFORMATION ABOUT
STORM DAMAGE IN NELSON COUNTY VIRGINIA AND PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY
MARYLAND. WE WILL REVIEW THIS INFORMATION AND DISPATCH SURVEY
TEAMS IF WARRANTED. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL BE RELEASED WHEN
AVAILABLE.

WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS FOR
THEIR ASSISTANCE DURING THE STORMS AND IN THE FOLLOWUP EFFORT.

$$

HTS

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