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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON WV
948 PM EDT FRI SEP 17 2010

...TORNADO CONFIRMED NEAR PALESTINE IN WIRT COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA...

LOCATION...3.5 MILES ESE OF PALESTINE IN WIRT COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA
DATE...SEPTEMBER 16 2010
ESTIMATED TIME...825 PM TO 840 PM EST
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF1
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...100 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...100 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...1 MILE
BEGINNING LAT/LON...
ENDING LAT/LON...
* FATALITIES...0
* INJURIES...UNKNOWN

* 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 PALESTINE IN WIRT COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA ON SEPTEMBER
16 2010.

SIGNIFICANT TREE DAMAGE WAS NOTED ALONG PORTIONS OF STATE ROUTE 5
ESE OF PALESTINE. NUMEROUS HARDWOODS WERE TOPPED HALFWAY DOWN
THEIR TRUNKS. SEVERAL VERY LARGE SOFTWOODS WERE EITHER TOPPED
HALFWAY DOWN THEIR TRUNKS OR UPROOTED. THE ORIENTATION OF THE
DOWNED TREES CONFORMED TO A BROAD CONVERGING DAMAGE PATTERN. A FEW
SMALL OUTBUILDINGS WERE ALSO DESTROYED...WITH SEVERAL RESIDENCES
RECEIVING MINOR TO MODERATE DAMAGE.

THERE WAS ALSO DAMAGE ASSOCIATED WITH A DOWNBURST ALONG STATE
ROUTE 14 JUST SOUTH OF PALESTINE. SCATTERED TREE DAMAGE WAS NOTED
ALONG WITH SOME MINOR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE. MAXIMUM WINDS WERE
ESTIMATED AT 75 MPH.

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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