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Track of the tornado near Salisbury and Cooleemee, North Carolina, on 16 April 2011
Approximate track of the tornado near Salisbury and Cooleemee, North Carolina, 
on 16 April 2011.  The tornado path is shown by the thick light blue line.  
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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...CHANGED ZONE CODES AND SPELLING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
1022 PM EDT SUN APR 17 2011

...MULTIPLE TORNADOES CONFIRMED ON APRIL 16 2011...

...TORNADO CONFIRMED NEAR 4.5 NNW TO 6.5 N SALISBURY IN ROWAN COUNTY
NORTH CAROLINA...

LOCATION...4.5 NNW TO 6.5 N SALISBURY IN ROWAN COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA
DATE...APRIL 16 2011 
ESTIMATED TIME...1241 PM EDT 
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF1 
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...105 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...100 YARDS 
PATH LENGTH...3.5 MILES 
BEGINNING LAT/LON...35.73N / 80.51W 
ENDING LAT/LON...35.77N / 80.47W
* 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 FROM 4.5 NNW TO 6.5 N SALISBURY IN ROWAN
COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA ON APRIL 16 2011.

THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN THE FRANKLIN COMMUNITY...WITH THE
CONCENTRATED DAMAGE PATH BEGINNING IN A WOODED AREA BETWEEN
THOMASON RD AND HENRY LANE...JUST WEST OF HIGHWAY 601. SEVERAL
UPROOTED TREES WERE NOTED AT THE END OF HENRY LANE. THE TORNADO
CONTINUED NORTHEAST TOWARD ELLIOT DRIVE...WHERE A LARGE SECTION OF
ROOF WAS PEELED OFF A MOBILE HOME...AND TWO LARGE TREES FELL AND
SEVERELY DAMAGED A SECOND MOBILE HOME. ADDITIONAL UPROOTED
TREES...MAINLY PINES...WERE NOTED IN THIS AREA. THE TORNADO
CROSSED HIGHWAY 601 JUST NORTH OF HIDDEN VALLEY ROAD. NUMEROUS
TREES WERE UPROOTED AROUND HIDDEN VALLEY RD. SOME HOMES SUSTAINED
MINOR ROOF DAMAGE AND THE ROOF WAS BLOWN OFF AN OUTBUILDING AS
WELL. AS THE TORNADO CROSSED HIGHWAY 601...NUMEROUS PINE TREES
WERE SNAPPED OFF 10 TO 20 FEET HIGH. THE SURVEY TEAM THEN LOST THE
TRACK AS IT ENTERED A DENSELY WOODED AREA ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE
HIGHWAY. MOST OF THE DAMAGE WAS ORIENTED TOWARD THE NORTHWEST...
WITH SOME DAMAGE BLOWN ALMOST DUE WEST. THE STORM MOTION WAS
TOWARD THE NORTHEAST...SO THE DAMAGE PATTERN WAS CONVERGENT WITH
THE TRACK OF THE PARENT THUNDERSTORM...INDICATING STRONG INFLOW
INTO THE STORM. THE WIDTH OF THE PATH WAS AROUND 75 YARDS IN THIS
AREA. THESE FACTORS ARE CONSISTENT WITH A TORNADO.

THERE WAS SOME DAMAGE SEVERAL HUNDRED YARDS TO THE RIGHT OF THE
MAIN CONCENTRATED DAMAGE PATH THAT WAS ORIENTED TOWARD THE
NORTHEAST. THIS MAY HAVE BEEN OUTFLOW WINDS ASSOCIATED WITH THE
REAR FLANK DOWNDRAFT.

THE TORNADO PATH WAS PICKED UP AGAIN IN A WOODED AREA ALONG OLD
MOCKSVILLE ROAD...JUST SOUTH OF THE YOUNG FARM ROAD INTERSECTION.
THE TORNADO WAS AT ITS MOST INTENSE AND WIDEST PHASE AT THIS
POINT...WITH NUMEROUS TREES SNAPPED 10 TO 20 FEET ABOVE THE
GROUND IN A VERY CONCENTRATED PATH ABOUT 100 YARDS WIDE. A
CARPORT WAS DESTROYED ACROSS FROM THE NEWPORT DRIVE INTERSECTION...
WHILE MOST OF THE ROOF COVERING WAS REMOVED FROM A FRAME HOME AT
THE INTERSECTION OF NEWPORT DRIVE AND OLD MOCKSVILLE ROAD. ANOTHER
HOME DOWN NEWPORT DRIVE HAD MOST OF ITS SHINGLES STRIPPED. SEVERAL
LARGE TREES FELL ON ANOTHER HOME ON NEWPORT DRIVE...SEVERELY
DAMAGING THE STRUCTURE. THE PATH NARROWED TOWARD THE END OF
NEWPORT ROAD...BUT REMAINED FAIRLY INTENSE...WITH NUMEROUS TREES
DOWNED IN VARYING DIRECTIONS. THE PATH WAS ONCE AGAIN LOST IN AN
INACCESSIBLE WOODED AREA NORTHEAST OF NEWPORT DRIVE. HOWEVER...
ANOTHER AREA OF TORNADO DAMAGE WAS FOUND IN EXTREME SOUTHEAST
DAVIE COUNTY...AND THIS WAS LIKELY THE CONTINUATION OF THE PATH OF
THE ROWAN COUNTY TORNADO. (SEE THE NEXT SEGMENT). 

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.

&&

...TORNADO CONFIRMED 6 ESE COOLEEMEE...

LOCATION...6 ESE COOLEEMEE IN DAVIE COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA
DATE...APRIL 16 2011 
ESTIMATED TIME...1245 PM EDT 
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF0 
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...85 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...75 YARDS 
PATH LENGTH...0.5 MILE 
BEGINNING LAT/LON...35.77N / 80.47W 
ENDING LAT/LON...35.77N / 80.46W
* 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 6 ESE COOLEEMEE IN DAVIE COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA 
ON APRIL 16 2011.

THIS WAS LIKELY THE CONTINUATION OF THE ROWAN COUNTY TORNADO...AS
IT WAS IN A DIRECT PATH NORTHEAST OF THE DAMAGE ALONG NEWPORT
DRIVE NORTH OF SALISBURY. NUMEROUS TREES WERE DOWNED IN THE
SOUTHEAST TIP OF DAVIE COUNTY ALONG POINT RD. AGAIN...THE DAMAGE
PATH WAS VERY CONCENTRATED...WITH MOST TREES BLOWN DOWN TOWARD THE
NORTHWEST AND NORTH. DUE TO THE REMOTE NATURE OF THE AREA...IT WAS
IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND THE EXACT END OF THE DAMAGE PATH IN DAVIE
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.

$$

LANE




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