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Location of tornado damage near Bessemer City, NCLocation of tornado damage in western Gaston County, NC
Approximate location of tornado damage path, indicated by red line, near 
Bessemer City in western Gaston County, North Carolina. The map on the 
right shows the location of the small scale map on the left.  Click on 
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NOUS42 KGSP 151950
PNSGSP
GAZ010-017-018-026-028-029-NCZ033-035>037-048>053-056>059-062>065-
068>072-082-501>510-SCZ001>014-019-160200-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
525 PM EST SAT JAN 15 2006

...DAMAGE SURVEY REPORT...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS SURVEYED THE DAMAGE IN BESSEMER
CITY NORTH CAROLINA. THE SURVEY INDICATED THE DAMAGE WAS CAUSED BY
A TORNADO...WHICH HAS BEEN RATED AN F1 ON THE FUJITA SCALE. F1
TORNADOES HAVE WIND SPEEDS BETWEEN 73 AND 112 MPH. THIS TORNADO
LIKELY HAD WINDS OVER 100 MPH. THE DAMAGE OCCURRED IN A VERY
NARROW PATH WITH A TOTAL LENGTH AROUND HALF A MILE.

THE DAMAGE BEGAN JUST WEST OF THE BARKERS RIDGE SUBDIVISION. THERE
WAS SOME MINOR DAMAGE TO A FEW MOBILE HOMES AND A FENCE WAS BLOWN
DOWN IN A MOBILE HOME PARK. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE WAS IN THE
BARKERS RIDGE SUBDIVISION. THE ROOF WAS BLOWN OFF AN UNOCCUPIED
HOUSE AND 5 MORE HOMES WERE DEEMED UN-LIVABLE DUE TO STRUCTURAL
DAMAGE. SOME OF THESE HOUSES HAD WINDOWS BLOWN OUT AND SIGNIFICANT
ROOF DAMAGE. A FEW OTHER HOMES ONLY HAD SHINGLES AND SIDING REMOVED.

THE TORNADO APPARENTLY LIFTED BRIEFLY AS IT TRAVELED NORTHEAST
AWAY FROM THE SUBDIVISION. A SECTION OF WOODS ADJACENT TO THE
SUBDIVISION HAD ONLY MINIMAL TREE DAMAGE. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN
AGAIN NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF JIM CLARK ROAD AND JK ROAD. A FEW
MOBILE HOMES HAD UNDERPINNING DAMAGE...AND A HOUSE HAD SOME
SHINGLE DAMAGE. MOST OF THE TIN ROOF OF A BARN WAS BLOWN OFF WHILE
A TREE FELL ON AN ADJACENT OUT BUILDING. A TRAVEL TRAILER WAS ALSO
SIGNIFICANTLY DAMAGED. THERE WERE MANY SMALL TREES DOWN IN THIS
AREA AND CLEARLY SHOWED CONVERGENT SIGNATURE. THE DAMAGE ENDED
JUST EAST OF JIM CLARK ROAD AND DID NOT APPEAR AGAIN.

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