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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BLACKSBURG VA
647 PM EDT SAT NOV 3 2018


...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR HALIFAX COUNTY TORNADO EVENT ON
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 2 2018...

THE NWS HAS COMPLETED A SURVEY OF DAMAGE THAT IMPACTED CENTRAL HALIFAX
COUNTY, BETWEEN CRYSTAL HILL VA AND SCOTTSBURG VA, JUST AFTER 700 PM EDT ON
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 2, 2018. AS A RESULT OF THIS DAMAGE SURVEY, WE HAVE
CONFIRMED THAT THE DAMAGE WAS THE RESULT OF A TORNADO WHICH PEAKED AT
AN EF2 INTENSITY LEVEL ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE.

HALIFAX COUNTY TORNADO STORM SURVEY
START LOCATION...4SM ESE OF CRYSTAL HILL, VA
END LOCATION...4SM WSW OF MT. LAUREL, VA
DATE...11/02/2018
ESTIMATED TIME...07:14 PM EDT
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF2
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...125 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...300 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...1.9 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON...36.82216 / -78.84169
ENDING LAT/LON...36.84259 / -78.82333
* FATALITIES...0
* INJURIES...0

...SUMMARY...

METEOROLOGISTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BLACKSBURG 
COMPLETED A SURVEY OF SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE IN CENTRAL HALIFAX COUNTY
THAT OCCURRED AROUND 715 PM EDT FRIDAY EVENING.  THE SURVEY CONCLUDED
THAT THE DAMAGE WAS THE RESULT OF A TORNADO THAT REACHED A PEAK
INTENSITY OF EF2 ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE.

THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN A WOODED AREA ALONG THE 1200 BLOCK OF
HUNDLEY ROAD, WHERE EF0 DAMAGE OCCURRED AS SEVERAL LARGE TREES WERE
UPROOTED TO THE NORTH.  THE STORM THAN PROCEEDED NORTHEAST AT 40
TO 45 MPH, WHERE IT BELOW SEVERAL LARGE BALES OF HAY WESTWARD ACROSS
THE ROAD, RESULTING IN EF0 DAMAGE.

FURTHER ALONG ITS PATH, THE TORNADO COMPLETELY LIFTED THE ROOF OF A
PORCH OFF A SINGLE FAMILY HOME, BLOWING THE DEBRIS NEARLY 200 FEET
TO THE NORTH INTO NEARBY WOODS.  SEVERAL LARGE TREES WERE BOTH UPROOTED
AND SNAPPED AS WELL.

FURTHER TO THE NORTHEAST, THE STORM INTENSIFIED TO AN EF2, WHERE SEVERAL
MATURE PINE TREES, 24-36 INCHES IN DIAMETER, WERE SNAPPED WHILE TWO NEARBY
SINGLE FAMILY HOMES SUSTAINED SIGNIFICANT ROOF DAMAGE.  A CAR ON ONE OF THE
PROPERTIES WAS CRUSHED BY FALLING TREES.  EF2 DAMAGE, WITH WINDS
ESTIMATED TO 125 MPH, ALSO OCCURRED TO A HOME WITH THE ROOF COMPLETELY
RIPPED OFF THE RESIDENCE.  NUMEROUS MATURE TREES ON THE PROPERTY
WERE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED, WITH THE DEBRIS SCATTERED IN MULTIPLE DIFFERENT
DIRECTIONS FROM THEIR ORIGINAL LOCATION.

THE TORNADO THEN BLEW OFF THE ROOF OF A NEARBY BARN, SENDING PIECES
OF THE ROOF SEVERAL HUNDRED YARDS TO THE NORTH.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BLACKSBURG WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE HALIFAX
COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, AS WELL AS THE HALIFAX COUNTY
SHERIFF'S OFFICE FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE IN CONDUCTING THIS SURVEY.

THE RESULTS OF THIS SURVEY MAY BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT IF AND WHEN
NEW OR DIFFERENT INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE.

EF0...WEAK......65 TO 85 MPH
EF1...WEAK......86 TO 110 MPH
EF2...STRONG....111 TO 135 MPH
EF3...STRONG....136 TO 165 MPH
EF4...VIOLENT...166 TO 200 MPH
EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH

* THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN NWS
STORM DATA.

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