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September 16, 2010
Tornado near Tarlton, OH

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILMINGTON OH
743 PM EDT FRI SEP 17 2010

...TORNADO CONFIRMED NEAR TARLTON OHIO ALONG THE FAIRFIELD...PICKAWAY
COUNTY LINE...

LOCATION...TARLTON OHIO
DATE...SEPTEMBER 16TH 2010
ESTIMATED TIME...555 PM EDT TO 610 PM EDT
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF1
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...85-90 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...<1/4 MILE
PATH LENGTH...3 TO 5 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON...39.568N/82.826W
ENDING LAT/LON...39.543N/82.702W
* 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 WILMINGTON OH HAS CONFIRMED A
TORNADO NEAR TARLTON ALONG THE PICKAWAY...FAIRFIELD COUNTY LINE IN
OHIO ON SEPTEMBER 16TH 2010. ADDITIONAL TORNADIC DAMAGE
ASSOCIATED WITH THIS STORM WAS FOUND IN NORTHWEST HOCKING COUNTY
NEAR MIDDLEFORK AND ELLIS ROADS.

THE TORNADIC STORM DEVELOPED JUST WEST OF TARLTON AROUND 555 PM
SEPTEMBER 16TH. THE INITIAL TOUCHDOWN WAS NEAR DOZER AND VALENTINE
ROADS IN FAR SOUTHWEST FAIRFIELD COUNTY...WITH DAMAGE CONTINUING
EASTWARD INTO THE TOWN OF TARLTON. IN THE DOZER AND VALENTINE ROAD
AREA...TWO EMPTY GRAIN SILOS WERE PICKED UP AND TOSSED ABOUT 100
YARDS EAST SOUTHEASTWARD. SOME OF THE MECHANICAL WORKS FROM WITHIN
THE SILO WERE RIPPED UP FROM THE FOUNDATION AND TOSSED ABOUT 10 TO 15
YARDS FROM THE SILOS. NO TREE DAMAGE OCCURRED IN THIS LOCATION.

FURTHER TO THE EAST SOUTHEAST ALONG THE 11000 TO 12000 BLOCKS OF
TARLTON ROAD, MORE SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OCCURRED. NUMEROUS PINE AND
HARDWOOD TREES WERE SNAPPED AND A FEW TREES WERE UPROOTED. A TREE
BRANCH IMPALED THE SIDE OF A HOME, AND WAS DRIVEN THROUGH THE SIDING
AND THE INTERIOR SHEETROCK. ROOF AND SIDING DAMAGE ALSO OCCURRED AT
THIS LOCATION. AT THE NEIGHBORING PROPERTY TO THE EAST, UP TO 20
PERCENT OF THE ROOF WAS LIFTED AND WINDOWS HAD BEEN BLOWN OUT, AS
WELL AS DAMAGE TO THE FLASHING AND SIDING.

FURTHER EAST ALONG THE SOUTH SIDE OF TARLTON ROAD IN PICKAWAY COUNTY,
ADDITIONAL STRUCTURAL AND TREE DAMAGE OCCURRED. WITHIN THE 12000
BLOCK OF TARLTON ROAD, A PARKED TRACTOR TRAILER WAS PUSHED ONTO ITS
SIDE. A NEIGHBORING HOME SUFFERED SIGNIFICANT ROOF DAMAGE, IN THAT
THE ROOF BECAME DETACHED FROM THE STRUCTURE BUT WAS NOT TORN AWAY.
AWNING HAD BEEN TORN OFF THE DETACHED GARAGE, AND THE ENTIRE GARAGE
STRUCTURE WAS LEANING SLIGHTLY. ADDITIONAL TREE DAMAGE OCCURRED
FURTHER EAST ALONG TARLTON ROAD.

ADDITIONAL TORNADIC DAMAGE WAS FOUND A FEW MILES FARTHER EAST IN
NORTHWEST HOCKING COUNTY BETWEEN ELLIS AND MIDDLEFORK ROADS. THE
ROOF OF A POLE BARN WAS LIFTED AND CARRIED AWAY WITH ROOF REMNANTS
FOUND UP TO A QUARTER MILE AWAY. TWO WALLS OF THE BARN HAD COLLAPSED
AND A NEARBY DUMPSTER WAS OVERTURNED. ADDITIONALLY, SIGNIFICANT TREE
DAMAGE OCCURRED TO LARGE HARDWOODS IN THIS AREA AND FURTHER
NORTHEAST ALONG MIDDLEFORK ROAD. MINOR ROOF DAMAGE OCCURRED TO A
NEARBY HOME. TOTAL PATH WIDTH IS ESTIMATED AT ABOUT 200 YARDS. THIS
DAMAGE WAS ALSO CONSISTENT WITH EF1 TYPE WINDS.

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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