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Track of Ellenboro tornado on 11 January 2012
Approximate track of the Ellenboro tornado in Rutherford County, North 
Carolina, on 11 January 2012.  The tornado path is shown by the thick 
red line.  Click on image to enlarge.
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NOUS42 KGSP 131823
PNSGSP
GAZ010-017-018-026-028-029-NCZ033-035>037-048>053-056>059-062>065-
068>072-082-501>510-SCZ001>014-019-132230-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
123 PM EST FRI JAN 13 2012

...TORNADO CONFIRMED NEAR 2.5 MILES NORTHWEST OF ELLENBORO NC IN
RUTHERFORD COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA...

LOCATION...2.5 MILES NORTHWEST OF ELLENBORO NC IN RUTHERFORD
COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA
DATE...01/11/2012
ESTIMATED TIME...522 PM EST
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF2
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...115 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...200 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...2.3 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON...35.35N /81.79W
ENDING LAT/LON...35.39N / 81.76W
* FATALITIES...0
* INJURIES...10

* 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 2.5 MILES NORTHWEST OF ELLENBORO NC IN
RUTHERFORD COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA ON 01/11/2012.

A TORNADO BRIEFLY TOUCHED DOWN JUST NORTHEAST OF BRIDGE ROAD...AND
PINEHURST ROAD. TREES WERE KNOCKED DOWN IN MULTIPLE DIRECTIONS
DURING THIS BRIEF TORNADO TOUCHDOWN.

SHORTLY THEREAFTER A SECOND BRIEF TORNADO TOUCH DOWN THEN TOOK
PLACE ON TINEY ROAD... EAST OF CORINTH. TREES WERE FELLED...OR
SNAPPED...IN THAT AREA. MEANWHILE A TRACTOR SHED HAD ITS ALUMINUM
SIDING AND ROOFING PEELED AND BLOWN SOME 200 YARDS ACROSS THE
ROAD.

THE THIRD AND FINAL TORNADO TOUCHDOWN...DURING THIS EPISODE...
OCCURRED NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF PINEY MOUNTAIN CHURCH ROAD AND
PINEY MOUNTAIN ROAD. FROM THAT POINT THE TORNADO WAS ON THE GROUND
FOR A CONTINUOUS PATH OF ABOUT 2.3 MILES. THE TORNADO MOVED
RAPIDLY TO THE NORTH AND NORTHEAST AND CROSSED WEST PADGETT ROAD...
WALLS CHURCH ROAD AND DYCUS ROAD...BEFORE LIFTING JUST NORTH OF
SALEM CHURCH ROAD.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT`S PRELIMINARY ESTIMATES WERE 6 TO 10 HOMES
DAMAGED WITH A COUPLE OF MOBILE HOMES COMPLETELY DESTROYED. THE
DEBRIS FROM THE DESTROYED MOBILE HOMES WAS THROWN SOME 300 YARDS
PRIMARILY TO THE WEST AND NORTHWEST. OTHER SMALLER BUILDINGS...
SUCH AS SHEDS...WERE DESTROYED. A QUONSET STYLE METAL EQUIPMENT SHED
WAS BLOWN OFF ITS FOUNDATION AND THROWN ABOUT 50 YARDS AND
CRUMPLED. NUMEROUS TREES WERE ALSO FELLED AND SNAPPED...WHILE A
VAN HAD ITS WINDOWS BLOWN OUT.

THE STORM REACHED ITS PEAK INTENSITY WHEN IT WAS LOCATED ON EITHER
SIDE OF PINEY MOUNTAIN ROAD...AND JUST SOUTH OF WALLS CHURCH ROAD.
THE PATH WIDTH INCREASED TO AROUND 200 YARDS...AND THIS ALSO
COINCIDED WITH THE GREATEST CONCENTRATION OF DAMAGE.

THE PATH WIDTH DECREASED TO AROUND 100 YARDS IN THE LATTER STAGES
OF THE TORNADO PATH...BEFORE THE TORNADO LIFTED. CONSIDERABLE
DEBRIS WAS LITTERED IN MULTIPLE DIRECTIONS.

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.

$$

STUREY


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