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Track of damage associated with the Greenwood, SC tornadoes on 10 April 2009
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
1041 PM EDT SUN APR 12 2009

...TORNADO CONFIRMED IN GREENWOOD SC...

LOCATION...GREENWOOD...GREENWOOD COUNTY SC
DATE...APRIL 10TH 2009
ESTIMATED TIME...841 TO 847 PM EDT
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING/CAUSE...EF1
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...110 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...200 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...5 MILES

...SUMMARY...

A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DAMAGE ASSESSMENT FOUND AN AREA OF
TORNADO DAMAGE IN GREENWOOD COUNTY THAT BEGAN ABOUT 3 MILES WEST OF
GREENWOOD NEAR HUNTERS CREEK SUBDIVISION. THE TORNADO TRAVELED 
EAST/SOUTHEAST...MOVING ACROSS THE WEST...SOUTHWEST AND SOUTHERN 
PART OF THE CITY OF GREENWOOD. NUMEROUS MEDIUM TO LARGE HARDWOOD AND 
PINE TREES WERE UPROOTED OR SNAPPED OFF ALONG THE PATH. SERIOUS 
DAMAGE WAS LARGELY RELATED TO TREES FALLING ON STRUCTURES BUT SOME
ROOFS WERE SEVERELY STRIPPED. THE DAMAGE OBSERVED WAS CONSISTENT 
WITH WIND SPEEDS OF 100-110 MPH...MAKING THIS AN EF1 TORNADO ON THE
ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE. DUE TO THE NUMBER AND SIZE OF LARGE TREES
UPROOTED THE STRENGTH OF THE STORM MAY NEED TO BE UPGRADED ONCE
PICTURES TAKEN OF THE DAMAGE ARE REVIEWED IN GREATER DETAIL.

ANOTHER SHORTER DAMAGE TRACK ABOUT 2 MILES TO THE NORTH ON KARLIE
ROAD...OFF OF LAUREL ROAD ON THE NORTH SIDE OF TOWN...LEFT SEVERAL
HOMES WITH FEWER SHINGLES...ALONG WITH MISSING GUTTERS AND SIDING.
QUITE A FEW MEDIUM-SIZED HARDWOOD TREES WERE BLOWN OVER AND SNAPPED
OFF. ONE HOME NEAR THE END OF THE TRACK HAD A LARGE SECTION OF THE
ROOF STRUCTURE AND PART OF AN EXTERIOR WALL BLOWN OFF. THERE WAS
ALSO A SEMI TRAILER BLOWN OVER ON AN ADJACENT EMPTY LOT. THE
DAMAGE OBSERVED WAS CONSISTENT WITH WIND SPEEDS OF 100-110 MPH
ALSO...MAKING THIS AN EF1 TORNADO ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND THEIR GRATITUDE TO
THE GREENWOOD PUBLIC SAFETY MANAGER FOR ASSISTANCE IN THIS DAMAGE 
SURVEY.

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RB
      
 

      


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