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April 20, 2011
Tornado in and near Heath, OH

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILMINGTON OH
118 AM EDT THU APR 21 2011

...TORNADO CONFIRMED NEAR HEATH IN LICKING COUNTY OHIO...

LOCATION...HEATH IN LICKING COUNTY OHIO
DATE...APRIL 20 2011
ESTIMATED TIME...242 AM EDT
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF2
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...120 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...100 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...3.8 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON...40.0233N/82.4741W
ENDING LAT/LON...40.0346N/82.4029W
* 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 NEAR HEATH IN LICKING COUNTY OHIO ON APRIL 20 2011.

A BROKEN DAMAGE PATH WAS OBSERVED FROM JUST WEST OF HEATH NEAR
THE NEWARK-HEATH AIRPORT TO STATE ROUTE 13 EAST OF HEATH. TREES
1 TO 2 FEET IN DIAMETER WERE SNAPPED OFF BETWEEN 2 AND 15 FEET
ABOVE GROUND LEVEL JUST WEST OF THE AIRPORT. A 102 MPH GUST WAS
RECORDED BY THE ASOS AT THE AIRPORT AS THE CIRCULATION PASSED. A
WALMART STORE JUST EAST-NORTHEAST OF THE AIRPORT HAD A SECTION OF
THE SIGN ON THE FRONT OF THE STORE REMOVED. THIS SECTION MEASURED
ROUGHLY 15 FEET WIDE BY 20 FEET TALL AND FACED AWAY FROM THE
INCOMING STORM. A SMALL RENTAL CAR COMPANY BUILDING ON ROUTE 79
BETWEEN IRVING WICK DRIVE AND HOPEWELL DRIVE HAD ITS METAL ROOF
PARTIALLY PEELED AWAY. A MASONRY BUILDING ON SOUTH 22ND STREET WAS
DAMAGED SUBSTANTIALLY WITH ONE WALL COMPLETELY COLLAPSED ALONG
WITH HALF OF ANOTHER. THE MASONRY BLOCKS WERE STREWN 50 TO 100
FEET FROM THE BUILDING TO THE EAST. SEVERAL LARGE TREES WITH
DIAMETERS OF 1 TO 2 FEET WERE UPROOTED OR SNAPPED ON HOPEWELL
DRIVE EAST OF STATE ROUTE 79 AND ALONG STATE ROUTE 13 SOUTH OF
HOPEWELL DRIVE. THE ROOT STRUCTURE OF THE TREES ALONG STATE ROUTE
13 PULLED UP A LARGE AMOUNT OF ROCK IN WHICH THEY WERE PREVIOUSLY
EMBEDDED.

THIS INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE AT
WEATHER.GOV/ILN.

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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TCMH 0.1° Z -- 2:43 AM TCMH 0.1° SRM -- 2:43 AM

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