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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
529 PM EST THU NOV 25 2004

...UNION COUNTY SOUTH CAROLINA TORNADO RATED F0 FOLLOWING SURVEY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG CONDUCTED A
SURVEY TODAY OF DAMAGE ASSOCIATED WITH THE TORNADO REPORTED NEAR
SANTUCK IN UNION COUNTY SOUTH CAROLINA YESTERDAY.

ON WEDNESDAY...24 NOVEMBER 2004...SEVERAL SEPARATE REPORTS RELAYED TO
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED TREE DAMAGE IN THE VICINITY OF
SANTUCK ASSOCIATED WITH HIGH WINDS. UNION COUNTY OFFICIALS REPORTED
SEVERAL TREES BLOCKING HIGHWAY 215...AND ALSO RELAYED A REPORT FROM A
PASSING CAR THAT A TORNADO HAD TOUCHED DOWN AT THE LOCATION.

A CONCENTRATED AREA OF TREE DAMAGE WAS EXAMINED ALONG HIGHWAY
215...APPROXIMATELY 2 MILES NORTHWEST OF SANTUCK IN EASTERN UNION
COUNTY. ALTHOUGH THE ROAD DEBRIS HAD BEEN CLEARED PRIOR TO THE SURVEY
TODAY...IT WAS APPARENT THAT A ROW OF LARGE PINE TREES HAD BEEN BLOWN
DOWN TOWARD THE EAST BY STRONG WINDS. VERY LIGHT TREE DAMAGE
APPARENTLY STARTED ONE TO TWO HUNDRED YARDS TO THE WEST OF THE LARGE
PINES...NEAR THE EDGE OF AN OPEN FIELD...WHERE THE TOPS OF A COUPLE
OF TREES WERE SHEARED OFF. THE ROW OF DAMAGED LARGE PINES ALONG
HIGHWAY 215 IS APPROXIMATELY 150 YARDS LONG...AND THE MAJORITY OF THE
SPLINTERED TRUNKS POINTED TOWARD THE EAST. TOWARD THE SOUTHERN END OF
THE DAMAGED PINES...SEVERAL TREES APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN BLOWN MORE 
TOWARD THE NORTHEAST. NO CONNECTING DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED IMMEDIATELY 
EAST OF HIGHWAY 215...HOWEVER...NUMEROUS OTHER TREE LIMBS WERE 
OBSERVED OR REPORTED BLOWN DOWN ALL ALONG HIGHWAY 215 FROM SANTUCK TO
CARLISLE...WITH ISOLATED TREE DAMAGE EXTENDING INTO WESTERN CHESTER 
COUNTY.

THE OBSERVED DAMAGE AND REPORTS AGREE WELL WITH THE RADAR DEPICTION
OF A LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS MOVING THROUGH THE COUNTY AT THAT TIME.
THE RELATIVELY LIGHT TREE DAMAGE THROUGHOUT THE EASTERN PART OF THE
COUNTY SEEMS TO SUGGEST THAT MARGINALLY SEVERE STRAIGHT LINE
WINDS...WITH SPEEDS OF 50 TO 60 MPH...ACCOMPANIED THE LINE OF
THUNDERSTORMS AS IT RACED ACROSS THE AREA. THE CONCENTRATED NATURE OF
THE DAMAGE ALONG HIGHWAY 215...ALONG WITH RADAR AND OBSERVER
DATA...FURTHER SUGGESTS THAT A BRIEF AND WEAK TORNADO DEVELOPED AND
TOUCHED DOWN AT THAT LOCATION AROUND 230 PM EST. THE SURVEYED TORNADO
DAMAGE APPEARS TO BE CONSISTENT WITH DAMAGE EXPECTED WITH WIND SPEEDS
OF APPROXIMATELY 70 MPH. TORNADOES WITH WIND SPEEDS OF 72 MPH OR LESS
ARE ASSIGNED A RATING OF F0 (F ZERO).
 
$$
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