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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG, SC
250 PM EST WED JAN 19 2005
 
...F2 INTENSITY ASSIGNED TO LAURENS COUNTY TORNADO THAT OCCURRED ON 
JANUARY 13 2005...
 
A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EVALUATION OF THE DAMAGE FROM LAST 
THURSDAY NIGHTS SEVERE WEATHER IN LAURENS COUNTY HAS DETERMINED THAT 
THE MAXIMUM TORNADO INTENSITY WAS F2 ON THE FUJITA SCALE.
 
THE TORNADO PRODUCED A SMALL AREA OF F0 DAMAGE IN THE EKOM 
COMMUNITY... ABOUT 10 MILES SOUTHWEST OF LAURENS... AT APPROXIMATELY 
713 PM.  THE PARENT THUNDERSTORM TRAVELED NORTHEAST EVENTUALLY 
PRODUCING A NEARLY CONTINUOUS TORNADO TRACK THAT BEGAN AROUND 720 PM 
ABOUT A QUARTER MILE SOUTH OF U.S. 76 NEAR LAURENS HIGH SCHOOL.  THE 
TORNADO REMAINED ON THE GROUND WHILE TRAVELING NORTHEAST BEFORE 
LIFTING JUST NORTH OF S.C. 14 ON THE NORTHWEST SIDE OF LAURENS.  
MOST OF THE DAMAGE ALONG THAT 2.5 MILE PATH WAS OF F0 AND F1 
INTENSITY.  HOWEVER... SMALL AREAS OF F2 DAMAGE WERE DOCUMENTED.  
NUMEROUS LARGE TREES WERE UPROOTED... MOBILE HOMES WERE DESTROYED... 
AND FRAME STRUCTURES EXPERIENCED ROOF DAMAGE.  F1 ROOF DAMAGE ALSO 
OCCURRED ABOUT 730 PM AT A LARGE INDUSTRIAL FACILITY APPROXIMATELY 5 
MILES NORTH OF DOWNTOWN LAURENS.  THE DAMAGE PATH WAS ABOUT 350 
YARDS WIDE AT THE POINT WHERE THE TORNADO CROSSED U.S. 76.  THE 
DAMAGE APPEARS TO BE BETWEEN 150 AND 350 YARDS WIDE ALONG MOST OF 
THE TRACK NARROWING TO APPROXIMATELY 100 YARDS AT THE TERMINUS.
 
A TORNADO WATCH WAS ISSUED AT 540 PM EST.  A TORNADO WARNING WAS 
ISSUED FOR LAURENS COUNTY FROM 702 PM UNTIL 745 PM EST. 
 
Radar Images of the Laurens County Tornado
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Above: 7:22 PM EST Radar Reflectivity Image. Above: 7:22 PM EST Radar Velocity Image.  
Photographs of Tornado Damage in Laurens County
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Storm Survey of Tornado Damage in Rowan County and Additional Tornado Information
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
404 PM EST FRI JAN 14 2005 
 
...TORNADO CONFIRMED IN ROWAN COUNTY...
 
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG HAS COMPLETED
ITS STORM SURVEY IN ROWAN COUNTY AND CONFIRMED A TORNADO TOUCHDOWN
SOUTHEAST OF GRANITE QUARRY.  BASED ON EYEWITNESS REPORTS THE TORNADO
TOUCHED DOWN AT 155 AM EDT.  TWO METAL INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS
SUSTAINED MAJOR DAMAGE...ONE BARN WAS TOTALLY DESTROYED...AND
NUMEROUS TREES WERE UPROOTED OR SNAPPED ALONG THE TRACK.  THIS IS
CONSISTENT WITH THE LOW END OF F2 DAMAGE ON THE FUJITA SCALE.
 
A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING HAD BEEN ISSUED FOR ROWAN COUNTY AT 109
AM EDT AND WAS EFFECTIVE AT TIME.
 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL BE PROVIDED NEXT WEEK IN A SUMMARY WHEN
OTHER STORM SURVEY TEAMS COMPLETE THEIR REPORTS.  
 
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT VINCE DICARLO AT 
(864) 848-9970 X 223.
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DICARLO
 
 
 
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG, SC
729 PM EST FRI JAN 14 2005
 
...JANUARY TORNADOES RARE BUT NOT UNHEARD OF IN SOUTH CAROLINA... 
 
THURSDAY EVENING'S TORNADO IN LAURENS COUNTY HIGHLIGHTED AN 
IMPORTANT FACT ABOUT TORNADOES. ALTHOUGH THEY ARE WIDELY RECOGNIZED 
AS BEING MORE COMMON IN THE SPRING THAN IN ANY OTHER SEASON... 
TORNADOES CAN OCCUR ANYTIME OF YEAR IN THE SOUTHEAST. PRIOR TO 
THURSDAY EVENING...16 OF THE 759 TORNADOES REPORTED IN SOUTH 
CAROLINA SINCE 1950 HAVE OCCURRED IN JANUARY. TWO OF THESE SIXTEEN 
AFFECTED THE UPSTATE...INCLUDING THE EASLEY TORNADO OF 7 JANUARY 
1998...THE LAST JANUARY TORNADO REPORTED IN THE STATE. 
 
THE EASLEY AND LAURENS TORNADOES ALSO REMIND US THAT WINTER 
TORNADOES CAN BE JUST AS STRONG AS THEIR SPRING COUNTERPARTS. THE 
EASLEY TORNADO WAS ONE OF THE STRONGEST AND MOST DESTRUCTIVE 
TORNADOES TO HAVE AFFECTED THE UPSTATE DURING THE PAST 15 YEARS. 
ALTHOUGH ANALYSIS OF THE LAURENS TORNADO IS NOT YET COMPLETE... 
PRELIMINARY INDICATIONS ARE THAT IT WAS OF COMPARABLE INTENSITY TO 
THE EASLEY EVENT.         
 
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LANE