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Track of the Spencer NC tornado on 28 March 2010
NOUS42 KGSP 292123
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NCZ057-300130-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
523 PM EDT MON MAR 29 2010

...TORNADO CONFIRMED NEAR SPENCER IN ROWAN COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA...

LOCATION...SPENCER IN ROWAN COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA
DATE...MAR 28 2010
ESTIMATED TIME...645 PM EDT
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF1
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...100 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...0.5 MILES PATH
LENGTH...3.37 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON...35.68N / 80.42W
ENDING LAT/LON...35.72N / 80.38W
* FATALITIES...0
* INJURIES...0

* THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT(S) AND PUBLICATION IN NWS
STORM DATA.

...SUMMARY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC HAS
CONFIRMED A TORNADO NEAR SPENCER IN ROWAN COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA ON
MAR 28 2010.

THE TORNADO FIRST TOUCHED DOWN NEAR A FOOD LION SHOPPING CENTER AT
THE CORNER OF N SALISBURY AVE AND JEFFERSON ST. PORTIONS OF THE
FACADE AND ROOF OF THE SHOPPING CENTER WERE DAMAGED...ALONG WITH
THE FRONT DOOR OF A FREESTANDING STORE ON SITE. THE TORNADO THEN
TRAVELED ACROSS N SALISBURY AVE AND DAMAGED NUMEROUS HOMES AND A
FAST FOOD RESTAURANT WHERE ITS AWNING WAS BLOWN AWAY. 2 TREES WERE
BLOWN ON A HOUSE. MOST OF THE HOMES HAD SHINGLE DAMAGE OF LESS
THAN 20 PERCENT AND A WINDOW OR TWO BLOWN OUT. ONE HOUSE HAD A
BRICK CHIMNEY BLOWN OFF ITS ROOF... WHILE A FEW OTHER HOUSES HAD
MINOR DAMAGE TO AN EAVE. THE TORNADO THEN TOOK A CIRCUITOUS ROUTE
ALONG N YADKIN AVE TO CAIN STREET BEFORE CROSSING BACK OVER N
SALISBURY AVE. MANY HOMES HAD MINOR SHINGLE DAMAGE WITH MANY TREES
DOWN. ONE APARTMENT HAD A TREE FALL ON AND DESTROY A DECK. A TREE
FELL ON ANOTHER HOUSE...WITH A DIFFERENT TREE FALLING ON A CAR ON
CAIN ST. MINOR SHINGLE AND TREE DAMAGE CONTINUED ALONG N SALISBURY
STREET BEFORE MORE SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OCCURRED TO A HOME ON
HACKETT ST. HERE A SHED AND BOAT AWNING WERE DESTROYED WHILE A
LARGE TREE FALL ON AND DAMAGED 40 PERCENT OF A HOUSE. THE TORNADO
DID MINOR DAMAGE TO A FACTORY JUST PAST HACKETT ST. THE TORNADO
THEN TOOK AN EASTERLY TURN AND BLEW DOWN SOME TREES FARTHER DOWN
HACKETT STREET. THE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGER THEN ADVISED THE
TORNADO CONTINUED EAST CROSSING OVER I-85 BEFORE CROSSING THE
YADKIN RIVER INTO DAVIDSON COUNTY.

THIS INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE AT
WEATHER.GOV/GSP.

FOR REFERENCE...THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO
THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

EF0...WIND SPEEDS 65 TO 85 MPH.
EF1...WIND SPEEDS 86 TO 110 MPH.
EF2...WIND SPEEDS 111 TO 135 MPH.
EF3...WIND SPEEDS 136 TO 165 MPH.
EF4...WIND SPEEDS 166 TO 200 MPH.
EF5...WIND SPEEDS GREATER THAN 200 MPH.

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RWH



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