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April 4, 2011
Tornado near Kirkersville, OH

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILMINGTON OH
503 PM EDT TUE APR 5 2011

...TORNADO CONFIRMED 2 1/2 MILES NORTHEAST OF KIRKERSVILLE IN
LICKING COUNTY OHIO...

LOCATION...2 1/2 NE OF KIRKERSVILLE IN LICKING COUNTY OHIO
DATE...APRIL 4 2011
ESTIMATED TIME...346 PM EDT TO 348 PM EDT
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF0
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...75 MPH TO 80 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...50 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...1 MILE
BEGINNING LAT/LON...39.981N / 82.571W
ENDING LAT/LON...39.981N / 82.554W
* 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 2 1/2 MILES NORTHEAST OF KIRKERSVILLE IN LICKING COUNTY
OHIO ON APRIL 4 2011.

A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM DAMAGE SURVEY CONDUCTED THIS
AFTERNOON CONFIRMED AN EF0 TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NORTHEAST OF
KIRKERSVILLE ALONG BEAVER RUN ROAD ON MONDAY APRIL 4TH AT ABOUT
346 PM TO 348 PM EDT. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN TWO LOCATIONS
ALONG A PATH WHICH WAS ONE MILE LONG. AT THE FIRST LOCATION THE
DAMAGE INCLUDED THE REMOVAL OF A PART OF THE ROOF OF A LARGER
METAL SIZED GARAGE OR STORAGE FACILITY. IN ADDITION...A SUPPORTING
POST WAS SNAPPED...ONE SIDE OF THE BUILDING WAS BLOWN INWARD AND
METAL DOORS ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE WERE BLOWN OUTWARD. MUCH OF THE
DEBRIS FROM THE ROOF WAS BLOWN UP TO 1/2 MILE DOWNWIND. THERE WAS
ALSO A SMALLER GARAGE WITH MAJOR DAMAGE TO THE METAL
DOOR...INCLUDING A LARGE BARREL WHICH WAS BLOWN INTO THE DOOR.
ABOUT 4 TO 5 LARGE TREES WERE UPROOTED IN THIS AREA AS WELL. OTHER
DAMAGE OCCURRED AT THIS LOCATION.

THE CIRCULATION WAS NOT ON THE GROUND FOR THE ENTIRE 1 MILE PATH.
AT THE SECOND LOCATION WHERE DAMAGE OCCURRED...THE TORNADO REMOVED
A LARGE SECTION OF METAL AND WOOD ROOFING FROM A LARGE BARN. THE
DEBRIS WAS SPREAD UP TO ONE QUARTER OF A MILE DOWNWIND FROM THE
BARN. IN ADDITION...THERE WERE 3 TO 4 PIECES OF THE BARN DEBRIS
IMPALED IN THE GROUND. A DOOR WAS REMOVED FROM A SMALLER STORAGE
SHED AND SOME DAMAGE OCCURRED TO ONE CORNER OF THE HOUSE WHERE
PART OF THE ROOF WAS LIFTED UP.

THE DAMAGE AT THESE LOCATIONS INDICATED WIND SPEEDS RANGED FROM 75
TO 80 MPH.

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.

$$

MJP
Radar Imagery:

KILN 0.5° Z -- 3:44 PM KILN 0.5° SRM -- 3:44 PM
TCMH 0.1° Z -- 3:43 PM TCMH 0.1° SRM -- 3:43 PM
TCMH 0.1° Z -- 3:45 PM TCMH 0.1° SRM -- 3:45 PM

These radar images show the circulation associated with the tornado near Kirkersville. The tornado developed rapidly within a bow echo and was rain-wrapped. The Columbus Terminal Doppler Weather Radar (TCMH) sampled the circulation at a height of just 300-400 feet above ground level.



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