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Overview

Upper level low tracked across the Tennessee Valley and pushed a complex frontal system through the region during the morning of May 5th. Despite weak instability, and very little lightning, shear and helicity values were high. Small segmented lines tracking east were producing winds gusts between 30-40 mph. The combination of wind gusts and saturated ground lead to several tree being uprooted. One discrete cell produce an EF1 tornado in Eden NC. This cell merged with a convective line north of Smith Mountain Lake and produced an EF0 Tornado near the Moneta area of Smith Mountain Lake.

 

 

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