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Public Information Statement

Statement as of 7:15 PM EDT on May 05, 2016


... Tornado confirmed near Wilmington in New Hanover County North
Carolina...

Location... Wilmington in New Hanover County North Carolina
date... may 5 2016
estimated time... 2:28 PM EDT
maximum ef-scale rating... EF1
estimated maximum wind speed... 95 mph
maximum path width... 75 yards
path length... 1.75 miles
* fatalities... 0
* injuries... 1

* 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 Wilmington NC has confirmed a
tornado near Wilmington in New Hanover County North Carolina on
may 5 2016.

The tornado initially touched down in the landfall community near
arboretum drive and fair lakes drive around 228 PM EDT. It moved
northeast and caused areas of concentrated damage along a 1.75 mile
path... indicating The Funnel was not in contact with the ground the
entire time... but likely lifted and touched back down a few
different times.

In the landfall community... extensive damage was done to
approximately 30 trees along fair lakes drive... Marshland
drive... inverary way and Dundee lakes place. A few trees up to two
feet in diameter were snapped off... and numerous trees were
uprooted. Several large tree limbs were blown out of trees and
caused damage to one home on Dundee lakes place.

The tornado crossed Howe creek and produced significant damage to
approximately two dozen trees in the Timber Creek neighborhood. The
tops of several trees were snapped off... and many were uprooted. One
injury was reported in Timber Creek as a result of falling limbs.
Minor shingle and facia damage was noted on one home.

The tornado then crossed Middle Sound loop Road and caused extensive
damage to numerous trees and several homes on Wellington drive and
east Bedford Road. Dozens of trees up to two feet in diameter were
uprooted or snapped. A large snapped Pine Tree fell through the roof
of a home on east Bedford. At approximately 235 PM EDT The Funnel
lifted near the intersection of east Bedford Road and Middle Sound
loop Road.

Beginning latitude: 35.2506 N
beginning longitude: -77.8175 W

Ending latitude: 34.2689 N
ending longitude: -77.7951 W

This information can also be found on our website at
weather.Gov/ilm.

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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