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Track of the Northwest Madison County, North Carolina, tornado on 27 April 2011
Approximate track of the northwest Madison County, North Carolina, tornado on 
27 April 2011.  The tornado path is shown by the thick light blue line.  
Click on image to enlarge.
Northwest Madison County Tornado
NOUS42 KGSP 172113
PNSGSP
NCZ048-053-180015-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
513 PM EDT TUE MAY 17 2011

...TORNADO CONFIRMED NEAR 4 NW HOT SPRINGS IN MADISON COUNTY NORTH
CAROLINA...

LOCATION...4 NW HOT SPRINGS IN MADISON COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA
DATE...04/27/2011
ESTIMATED TIME...1050 PM EDT
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF0
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...80 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...50 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...75-100 YARDS
BEGINNING LAT/LON...35.9079N/82.9036W
ENDING LAT/LON...35.9079N/82.9036W
* FATALITIES...NONE
* INJURIES...NONE
* 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 NEAR 4 NW HOT SPRINGS IN MADISON COUNTY NORTH
CAROLINA ON 04/27/2011.

A BRIEF TORNADO TOUCHDOWN WAS FOUND IN MADISON COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA
WEST OF U.S. HIGHWAY 25/70...OR NORTH OF REDWOOD DRIVE...AND JUST
PAST PLUM TREE HOLLOW ROAD.

THE TORNADO FELLED AND SNAPPED LARGE TREES IN MULTIPLE DIRECTIONS...
PEELED BACK ROOFING ON A FARM OUTBUILDING TYPE STRUCTURE...DESTROYED
ONE SHED AND THREW ANOTHER IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION. THERE WAS
SOME MINOR DAMAGE NOTED TO A NEARBY HOME WHERE A TREE FELL AND
CLIPPED PART OF SAID HOME.

MEANWHILE SOUTH OF THE BRIEF TORNADO TOUCHDOWN THERE WAS AN AREA
OF STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE...ROUGHLY REACHING WIND SPEEDS AROUND
80 MPH. THIS AREA EXTENDED FROM THE WESTERN END OF GRASSY CREEK
ROAD TO U.S. HIGHWAY 25/70. THIS AREA APPEARED TO BE ABOUT 1/8 TO
1/4 MILE WIDE AND 1.5 MILES WIDE IN LENGTH.

IN THE STRAIGHT LINE WIND AREA NUMEROUS TREES WERE KNOCKED OVER AND
SNAPPED...ROOFING WAS REMOVED FROM TWO STRUCTURES...A TREE FELL ON
ONE HOME...AND OTHER MINOR DAMAGE WAS NOTED TO OTHER HOMES.
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.

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