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October 26, 2010
Two Tornadoes near Sabina and Washington Court House, OH

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILMINGTON OH
320 PM EDT WED NOV 3 2010

...TORNADO TRACK EXTENDED IN FAYETTE COUNTY...

LOCATION...6SW WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE TO 1W WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE
DATE...10/26/10
ESTIMATED TIME...130 PM EDT
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF0
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...85 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...1/4 MILE
PATH LENGTH...ABOUT 4.5 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON...39.489N / 83.544W
ENDING LAT/LON...39.537N / 83.466W
* 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...
BASED ON ADDITIONAL INFORMATION GATHERED FROM STORM SPOTTERS IN THE
AREA AND DAMAGE SURVEYS COMPLETED ON OCTOBER 26TH AND OCTOBER
27TH...THE ORIGINAL TORNADO TRACK HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO INCLUDE THE
EXTREME WESTERN EDGE OF WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE. DAMAGE IN THIS
EXTENDED AREA INCLUDED HEAVY ROOF DAMAGE TO TWO BUSINESSES ON THE
WEST SIDE OF WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE...AS WELL AS TREE DAMAGE. RADAR
INFORMATION CORROBORATES A STRONG CIRCULATION COINCIDENT WITH THIS
DAMAGE TRACK.  THE TORNADO ORIGINALLY LISTED AS 6SW OF WASHINGTON
COURT HOUSE LIKELY LIFTED INTERMITTENTLY ALONG THE PATH INTO THE
WESTERN EDGE OF WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE...A TOTAL TRACK LENGTH NOW OF
BETWEEN 4 AND 5 MILES. THE ORIGINAL DAMAGE SURVEY INFORMATION
CONTINUES BELOW.

DAMAGE EXTENDED FROM JUST NORTH OF THE INTERSECTION OF SNOW HILL
ROAD AND MIAMI TRACE ROAD TO JUST NORTH OF THE INTERSECTION OF
SNOW HILL ROAD AND STAUNTON JASPER ROAD IN SOUTHWEST FAYETTE
COUNTY. SEVERAL TREES IN THIS AREA WERE SNAPPED...AND SEVERAL
STRUCTURES LOST PARTS OR ALL OF THEIR ROOFS. THE HEAVIEST DAMAGE
OCCURRED TO A LARGE STORAGE FACILITY WHICH SUFFERED MAJOR ROOF
LOSS AND TOTAL COLLAPSE OF THE NORTHERN HALF OF THE STRUCTURE.
THIS IS CONSISTENT WITH HIGH-END EF0 DAMAGE...WITH WINDS UP TO 85
MPH.

$$


PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILMINGTON OH 228 PM EDT THU OCT 28 2010 ...TORNADO CONFIRMED SOUTHEAST OF SABINA IN EASTERN CLINTON AND FAR WESTERN FAYETTE COUNTIES IN OHIO... LOCATION...3 MI SOUTH TO 3 MI SOUTHEAST OF SABINA OHIO DATE...10/26/2010 ESTIMATED TIME...120 PM EDT MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF0 ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...85 MPH MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...200 YARDS PATH LENGTH...4 MILES BEGINNING LAT/LON...39.44N / 83.64W ENDING LAT/LON...39.47N / 83.58W * 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 WILMINGTON OH HAS CONFIRMED A TORNADO THAT TRACKED FROM NEAR 3 MILES SOUTH OF SABINA TO 3 MILES SOUTHEAST OF SABINA OHIO...OR 9 MILES SOUTHWEST OF WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE OHIO ON OCTOBER 26 2010. THIS TRACK COVERS LOCATIONS IN EASTERN CLINTON AND FAR WESTERN FAYETTE COUNTIES IN OHIO. THE DOPPLER RADAR AT THE WILMINGTON NWS ALSO INDICATED ROTATION ALOFT IN THE STORM THAT TRAVELED ALONG THE SAME CORRIDOR. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN JUST WEST OF STATE ROUTE 72 ABOUT 1 MILE NORTHWEST OF THE INTERSECTION WITH STATE ROUTE 729. THE CIRCULATION WAS OBSERVED ON THE GROUND FROM TWO SEPARATE RESIDENCES NEAR THAT LOCATION. FOUR UTILITY POLES WERE OBSERVED TO BE BROKEN AND BRIEFLY SUSPENDED IN THE CIRCULATION FROM ONE OF THE RESIDENCES. AN OCCUPANT OF THE OTHER RESIDENCE OBSERVED DEBRIS CIRCULATING IMMEDIATELY EAST OF STATE ROUTE 72. THE CIRCULATION IMMEDIATELY EAST OF STATE ROUTE 72 PULLED A LARGE METAL DOOR FROM A BARN AND DESTROYED A PORTION OF THE METAL ROOF. FRAGMENTS OF THE ROOF WERE CARRIED FOR APPROXIMATELY 1/4 MILE TO THE NORTHEAST. FIELD DEBRIS WAS ALSO FOUND WEDGED BETWEEN THE WALL BOARDS OF THIS BARN. OTHER DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED JUST OUTSIDE OF THE PRIMARY PATH DUE TO STRAIGHT LINE WINDS FROM THE ASSOCIATED SQUALL LINE... INCLUDING A COLLAPSED LIVESTOCK BARN JUST SOUTH OF THE PATH AND ANOTHER HEAVILY DAMAGED HOG BARN NORTH OF THE TRACK. THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST AND NEXT CROSSED HORNBEAM RD APPROXIMATELY 3/4 MILE NORTHWEST OF THE INTERSECTION WITH STATE ROUTE 729. DAMAGE ON THE EAST SIDE OF HORNBEAM RD INCLUDED AN APPROXIMATELY 10000 POUND HORSE TRAILER PICKED UP AND CARRIED ABOUT 100 FEET. NUMEROUS TREES WERE ALSO SNAPPED OFF AT HEIGHTS OF 3-15 FEET ABOVE THE GROUND ON THIS SAME PROPERTY...AS WELL AS IMMEDIATELY TO THE WEST ACROSS HORNBEAM RD. THE TORNADO THEN TRAVELED NORTHEAST ACROSS OPEN...HARVESTED FIELD UNTIL ARRIVING AT GREENFIELD-SABINA RD APPROXIMATELY 3/4 MILE NORTHWEST OF THE INTERSECTION WITH SNOW HILL RD. DAMAGE ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE ROAD INCLUDED METAL ROOF AND WALL DAMAGE TO THE SOUTHWEST SIDE OF A 320X80 FOOT LIVESTOCK BARN. THE DEBRIS FROM THIS BARN WAS PULLED EAST-SOUTHEAST TOWARD THE CENTER LINE OF THE PATH FOR AT LEAST 150 YARDS. THERE WAS ALSO ROOF AND SIDING DAMAGE TO TWO RESIDENCES NEARBY...AND THIS DEBRIS WAS STREWN TO THE NORTHEAST FOR AT LEAST 200 YARDS. A BROKEN TREE APPROXIMATELY 20 FEET IN LENGTH WAS FOUND IN THE OPEN FIELD JUST SOUTH OF THIS POINT IN THE TRACK...AND THE LOCAL RESIDENTS DID NOT KNOW ITS ORIGIN. THE CONCENTRATED DAMAGE PATH APPEARED TO END JUST PAST THIS LOCATION IN FAR WESTERN FAYETTE COUNTY. 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. $$ SHOBE2

Radar Imagery:

KILN 0.5° Z -- 1:19 PM KILN 0.5° V -- 1:19 PM KILN 0.5° SRM -- 1:19 PM
KILN 0.5° Z -- 1:24 PM KILN 0.5° V -- 1:24 PM KILN 0.5° SRM -- 1:24 PM

These radar images show the intense bow echo that moved through the region, along with the embedded circulation that produced two tornadoes in this area. In addition to the circulation, outbound winds of nearly 90 knots were sampled just 600 feet off the surface.



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