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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON WV
1009 PM EST SAT MAR 3 2012

...TORNADO CONFIRMED NEAR COVE GAP IN WAYNE COUNTY WEST
VIRGINIA...

LOCATION...NEAR COVE GAP IN WAYNE COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA
DATE...MARCH 02 2012
ESTIMATED TIME...655 PM EST
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF3
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...138 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...200 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...27 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON...
ENDING LAT/LON...
* FATALITIES...2 IN BLAINE IN LAWRENCE COUNTY KY
* 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 CHARLESTON WV HAS CONFIRMED A
TORNADO NEAR COVE GAP IN WAYNE COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA ON MARCH
03 2012.

A TORNADIC SUPERCELL MOVED FROM LAWRENCE COUNTY KY ACROSS WAYNE
COUNTY INTO LINCOLN COUNTY. THE FIRST INDICATION OF A TORNADO IN
WAYNE COUNTY WAS NEAR GLENHAYES WHERE NUMEROUS TREES WERE BLOWN
DOWN.

THE TORNADO THEN PASSED NEAR DUNLOW. THE SURVEY TEAM WAS UNABLE TO
TRAVEL INTO DUNLOW BECAUSE OF FLOODED ROADS AND DOWNED POWERLINES.
THE SURVEY TEAM WILL MAKE ANOTHER ATTEMPT AT REACHING THE DUNLOW
AREA ON SUNDAY.

THE NEXT INDICATION OF A TORNADO WAS ALONG ROUTE 37 NEAR KIAHSVILLE
AND COVE GAP. NUMEROUS TREES WERE BLOWN DOWN AS WELL AS NUMEROUS
STRUCTURES BEING DAMAGED. A FEW MANUFACTURED HOMES WERE DESTROYED.
IN ADDITION...ONE TWO-STORY HOUSE LOST THE ROOF...SEVERAL OF THE
OUTSIDE WALLS AND AN INTERIOR WALL.

THE TORNADO THEN TRAVELED INTO LINCOLN COUNTY...WHERE TREE DEBRIS
WAS SEEN ALONG ROUTE 10 NEAR RANGER. HOWEVER...THE TEAM COULD NOT
FIND THE LOCATION WHERE THE DEBRIS ORIGINATED.

SEVERAL TREES WERE BLOWN DOWN OR SNAPPED OFF IN THE PRICE AREA.

THE LAST INDICATION OF TORNADO DAMAGE WAS ALONG ROUTE 46 JUST SOUTH
OF PALERMO. SEVERAL TREES WERE BLOWN DOWN. IN ADDITION... THERE
WAS DAMAGE TO A FEW RESIDENCES.

A SURVEY TEAM WILL BE IN LAWRENCE COUNTY KY ON SUNDAY.

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

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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