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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEWPORT/MOREHEAD CITY NC
1108 AM EDT MON SEP 9 2019

...TORNADO CONFIRMED NEAR EMERALD ISLE IN CARTERET COUNTY
NORTH CAROLINA...

LOCATION...EMERALD ISLE IN CARTERET COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA
DATE...SEPTEMBER 5TH 2019
ESTIMATED TIME...902 AM - 931 AM EDT
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF2
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...115 MPH 
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...200 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...13 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON...34.656430/-77.052352
ENDING LAT/LON...34.795735/-77.215384
* 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 NEWPORT/MOREHEAD CITY NC HAS CONFIRMED
A TORNADO NEAR EMERALD ISLE IN CARTERET COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA
ON SEPTEMBER 5TH 2019.

A WATERSPOUT NEAR BOGUE INLET PIER CAME ONSHORE AS A TORNADO NEAR
JANELL LN., BOARDWALK RV PARK AND SALTY PIRATE WATERPARK IN EMERALD
ISLE. THE WATERSPOUT WAS QUITE LARGE WHEN IT WAS OFFSHORE AND WAS 
VIEWED BY THE BOGUE INLET PIER WEB CAM COURTESY OF SURFLINE.  THE 
MOST INTENSE DAMAGE WAS FOUND HERE.  ON JANELL LANE, A 
SECTION OF A METAL ROOF WAS REMOVED ON ONE SIDE OF A HOUSE THAT WAS 
IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION OF THE STORM MOTION.  ON THE OTHER SIDE OF 
THE HOUSE, WITH THE STORM MOTION, LARGE SECTIONS OF THE METAL 
ROOF WERE REMOVED WITH SIMILAR DAMAGE TO A HOUSE NEXT DOOR.  AS THE 
PATH CROSSED INTO THE RV PARK, NUMEROUS RV STYLE HOMES WERE TOSSED 
AND ROLLED MORE THAN 30 FEET, RIPPING OUT GROUND ANCHORS THAT 
STRAPPED THEM DOWN.  

IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PATH, WHERE THE WINDS WERE STRONGEST, NUMEROUS
RV TYPE HOMES SUFFERED COMPLETE DESTRUCTION.  BASED ON THE COMPLETE
DESTRUCTION OF THE HOMES, ALONG WITH THE LOSS OF SUBSTANTIAL SECTIONS
OF A METAL ROOF, WHICH USUALLY HAVE A HIGHER WIND RATING, DAMAGE WAS
CONSISTENT WITH THAT OF AN EF 2 TORNADO OR AROUND 115 MPH.

THE PATH CONTINUED TO THE NORTH NORTHWEST WHERE MORE DAMAGE WAS 
FOUND TO THE SALTY PIRATE WATERPARK AND CONTINUED ACROSS HIGHWAY 58 
(EMERALD DRIVE) WHERE SEVERAL HOMES WERE DAMAGED ALONG W HARBOR TRAIL 
AND SUNRISE CT. THE TORNADO THEN MOVED OVER THE BOGUE SOUND, 
BECOMING A WATERSPOUT AGAIN. EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS INDICATE THAT A 
FUNNEL MAY HAVE PERSISTED, BUT NO APPARENT TORNADO DAMAGE WAS 
FOUND IN CEDAR POINT. 

SEVERAL VIDEOS FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC CONCLUSIVELY SHOW THAT THE 
FUNNEL CLOUD RETURNED TO THE SURFACE IN THE FORM OF A WATERSPOUT AS 
IT CROSSED OVER THE LOWER WHITE OAK RIVER. THE WATERSPOUT CONTINUED FOR 
SEVERAL MINUTES NORTHWESTWARD UP THE WHITE OAK RIVER BEFORE ONCE 
AGAIN COMING ASHORE AS A TORNADO AND CAUSING MAJOR ROOF DAMAGE TO A 
HOME ON WATERSEDGE CIR. AND MINOR DAMAGE TO SEVERAL OTHER STRUCTURES 
IN THE HOLLAND POINT DR. AREA. 

THE TORNADO THEN TRACKED THROUGH MOSTLY FORESTED AND UNDEVELOPED 
LAND FOR APPROXIMATELY 6 MILES BEFORE HEAVILY DAMAGING A FARM AND 
RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY ON KIDD LN. IN MAYSVILLE. BASED ON EYEWITNESS 
ACCOUNTS, THE FUNNEL CLOUD MAY HAVE PERSISTED FOR SEVERAL MORE 
MILES, BUT THE LACK OF IDENTIFIABLE TORNADO DAMAGE INDICATES THAT 
THE END OF THE TORNADO PATH WAS THIS LOCATION ON KIDD LN. IN SOUTHERN 
MAYSVILLE. 

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

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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