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Track of damage associated with Abbeville (SC) tornado on 10 April 2009
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
943 PM EDT SUN APR 12 2009

...TORNADO CONFIRMED IN ABBEVILLE SC...

LOCATION...ABBEVILLE...ABBEVILLE COUNTY SC
DATE...APRIL 10TH 2009
ESTIMATED TIME...835 TO 846 PM EDT
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING/CAUSE...EF2
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...125 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...300 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...8 MILES

...SUMMARY...

A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DAMAGE ASSESSMENT FOUND AN AREA OF
TORNADO DAMAGE IN ABBEVILLE COUNTY THAT BEGAN ABOUT 3 MILES
WEST/NORTHWEST OF ABBEVILLE NEAR HIGHWAY 71 AND ROCK HILL ROAD.
THE TORNADO TRAVELED EAST/SOUTHEAST...MOVING INTO THE CITY OF
ABBEVILLE ACROSS BYPASS 28 AND OAK GROVE ROAD...ACROSS WOODLAWN
DRIVE...HAIGLER STREET...CHURCH STREET...AND ALONG MAIN STREET AND
SECESSION AVENUE BEFORE LIFTING ABOUT A MILE EAST/SOUTHEAST OF TOWN.
NUMEROUS LARGE HARDWOOD AND PINE TREES WERE UPROOTED AND SNAPPED OFF
ALONG THE PATH. STRUCTURAL DAMAGE WAS CONSIDERABLE WITH THE ENTIRE
ROOF STRUCTURE COMPLETELY BLOWN OFF ABOUT A HALF DOZEN HOMES...
NUMEROUS TRAILERS COMPLETELY DESTROYED AND EXTENSIVE STRUCTURAL 
DAMAGE TO MANY BUILDINGS ALONG THE TRACK. THE DAMAGE OBSERVED WAS
CONSISTENT WITH WIND SPEEDS OF 12-130 MPH...MAKING THIS AN EF2
TORNADO ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND THEIR GRATITUDE TO
THE ABBEVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT AND EMERGENCY PERSONNEL FOR THEIR 
ASSISTANCE IN THIS DAMAGE SURVEY.

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