Tornado – September 18, 2012
National Weather Service in Newport/Morehead City, NC has confirmed a
tornado near Trenton in Jones County, NC on September 18, 2012.
were three distinct damage paths from what appeared to be three separate
touchdowns along the 5 mile total path. The first touchdown tracked for
about 0.15 miles and was about 100 yards wide. It downed a large tree onto
Highway 41, destroyed a greenhouse and damaged a shed and outbuilding at a
residence. A vehicle was damaged by flying debris. The second touchdown was
mainly evident in tree damage. It also flipped a farm irrigation system. It
was estimated to be about 150 yards wide and may have tracked for about 0.5
miles. The third and final touchdown was about 300 yards wide and tracked
for about 0.25 miles. It occurred near the intersection of Highway 41 and
Whitaker road. Aside from knocking down one very large tree, damage was
mostly limited to large tree limbs and branches, and a few road signs. The
damage category never exceeded an EF0.
Trenton in Jones County North Ccarolina
Time...424 PM EDT
Maximum Wind Speed...65 to 85 MPH
Path Width...300 Yards
Lat/Lon...35.04N / 77.46 W
Lat/Lon...35.07N / 77.38 W
The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
pending final review of the event(s) and publication in NWS
reference...the Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the
speeds 65 to 85 mph.
speeds 86 to 110 mph.
speeds 111 to 135 mph.
speeds 136 to 165 mph.
speeds 166 to 200 mph.
speeds greater than 200 mph.
Red line shows total path of storm. Pins and shaded areas represent
three distinct touchdowns and damage paths.