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Track of the Ellendale - Alexander County tornado on 28 April 2011
Track of the Ellendale tornado across Alexander County, North Carolina, on
28 April 2011.  The approximate track of the tornado is shown as a thick 
blue line.  Click on image to enlarge.
Ellendale - Alexander County - Tornado 
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NOUS42 KGSP 291811 CCA
PNSGSP
GAZ010-017-018-026-028-029-NCZ033-035>037-048>053-056>059-062>065-
068>072-082-501>510-SCZ001>014-019-292000-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...CORRECTION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
220 PM EDT FRI APR 29 2011

...TORNADO CONFIRMED 4-8 MILES W-NW TAYLORSVILLE IN ALEXANDER
COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA...

LOCATION...4-8 MILES W-NW TAYLORSVILLE IN ALEXANDER COUNTY NORTH
CAROLINA
DATE...APRIL 28, 2011
ESTIMATED TIME...335-345 AM EDT
MAXIMUM EF- SCALE RATING...EF1
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...90-100 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...75 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...5 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON...35.90N/81.32W
ENDING LAT/LON...35.94N/81.25W
* FATALITIES...0
* 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 GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC HAS
CONFIRMED A TORNADO OCCURRED 4-8 MILES W-NW OF TAYLORSVILLE IN
ALEXANDER COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA ON APRIL 28, 2011.

THE TORNADO INITIALLY TOUCHED DOWN ALONG CALDWELL POND ROAD WHERE
SOME TREES WERE BLOWN DOWN/SNAPPED AND SOME SHINGLES WERE BLOWN
OFF A HOME. THE TORNADO THEN TRAVELED ALONG AN INTERMITTENT PATH
NORTHEASTWARD FROM THERE. A SECOND TOUCH DOWN OCCURRED JUST OFF
TAYLORSVILLE ROAD AT STUDEBAKER DRIVE. A SHED THAT HOUSED A SAW
MILL WAS TOTALLY DESTROYED...NUMEROUS TREES WERE SNAPPED/OR BLOWN
DOWN AND A RESIDENCE HAD A PORTION OF ITS ROOF REMOVED WITH PARTS
OF A PORCH BLOWN OVER THE HOUSE. THE TORNADO THEN PROCEEDED ACROSS
TAYLORSVILLE ROAD WHERE IT PEELED UP METAL ROOFING ON A
BARN...TREES WERE SNAPPED OFF AT AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND A MOBILE
HOME WAS BLOWN SLIGHTLY OFF ITS FOUNDATION. SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE WAS
NOTED AT A FARMSTEAD OFF DAVID HERMAN ROAD. SIDING AND ROOFING WAS
BLOWN OFF NUMEROUS BARNS AND SHEDS. ALSO...ONE SECTION OF ROOFING
WAS LIFTED AND TURNED 90 DEGREES BEFORE COMING TO REST ON TOP OF
ANOTHER SHED. FINALLY...A HAY SHED WAS TOTALLY DESTROYED ABOUT
THREE TENTHS OF A MILE NORTHEAST OF DAVID HERMAN DRIVE. THE
TORNADO APPARENTLY LIFTED AT THAT POINT.

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

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.

$$

LG

CORRECTED LAT/LON