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Track of the tornado near Monroe, North Carolina, on 16 April 2011
Approximate track of the tornado near Monroe, North Carolina, on 16 April 2011.  
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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
1016 PM EDT SUN APR 17 2011

...TORNADO CONFIRMED ROUGHLY 3 MILES NORTH OF MONROE IN UNION
COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA...

LOCATION...ROUGHLY 3 MILES NORTH OF MONROE IN UNION COUNTY NORTH
CAROLINA
DATE...04/16/2011
ESTIMATED TIME...1:00 PM EDT
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF0
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...80 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...50 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...2.5 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON...35.02 / 80.57W
ENDING LAT/LON...35.05 / 80.54
* FATALITIES...NONE
* INJURIES...NONE

* 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 ROUGHLY 3 MILES NORTH OF MONROE IN UNION
COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA ON 04/16/2011.

INTERMITTENT TORNADO DAMAGE WAS FOUND IN A NARROW SWATH ACROSS
UNION COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA...JUST NORTH OF THE CITY OF MONROE.

THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM INSTIGATING THE DAMAGE BEGAN OFF HIGHWAY
74 AND WILLIAMS ROAD...AT THE LOWES STORE...WHERE A FEW SMALL
SHEDS WERE DESTROYED...TWO SMALL TREES WERE TOPPLED AND PART OF A
FENCE WAS KNOCKED DOWN. THIS WAS CAUSED BY STRAIGHT LINE WINDS.

THE STORM MOVED QUICKLY NORTHEAST WITH A TORNADO BRIEFLY TOUCHING
DOWN SOUTHWEST OF SECREST HILL ROAD AND RED FOX RUN...OR JUST WEST
OF STATE ROAD 1501. HERE A LARGE METAL SHED WAS HEAVILY DAMAGED
WITH DEBRIS THROWN BACK TO THE WEST- NORTHWEST...WHILE LARGE
TREES WERE KNOCKED DOWN IN MULTIPLE DIRECTIONS AT THE SAME LOCATION.

STRAIGHT LINE WINDS QUICKLY RESUMED...JUST TO THE NORTHEAST ON
SECREST HILL ROAD...WHERE TREES WERE KNOCKED DOWN IN A UNIFORM
DIRECTION. SOME MINOR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE WAS NOTED TO HOMES WITH
FACADE TORN IN PLACES.  

VERY SHORTLY THEREAFTER THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM STORM PRODUCED
ANOTHER TORNADO TOUCHDOWN JUST SOUTH OF RIDGE ROAD AND IMMEDIATELY 
WEST OF HIGHWAY 601. THE TORNADO CROSSED RIDGE ROAD...HIT A LARGE
GARAGE STRUCTURE AND CONTINUED INTO A NEARBY DENSELY WOODED AREA.
THE DOORS OF THE GARAGE STRUCTURE WERE DESTROYED WHILE SHINGLING
AND THE METAL STRUCTURE OF THE GARAGE WAS TOSSED ABOUT 100 YARDS
INTO THE DENSELY WOODED AREA. MEANWHILE LARGE SOFT AND HARD WOOD
TREES WERE KNOCKED DOWN IN A CONVERGENT PATTERN.

THE STORM THEN RESUMED SPORADIC STRAIGHT LINE WINDS...MAINLY ALONG
AND WEST OF HIGHWAY 601...FOR A FEW HUNDRED MORE YARDS BEFORE THE
DAMAGE ENDED.

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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STUREY




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