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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEWPORT/MOREHEAD CITY NC
521 PM EDT TUE MAY 17 2022

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 05/16/22 TORNADO EVENT...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    80-90 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  0.1 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   80 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             MAY 16 2022
START TIME:             8:20 PM EDT
START LOCATION:         8.7 WNW NEW BERN / CRAVEN COUNTY/ NC
START LAT/LON:          35.1661 / -77.1774

END DATE:               MAY 16 2022
END TIME:               8:21 PM EDT
END LOCATION:           8.6 WNW NEW BERN / CRAVEN COUNTY/ NC
END LAT/LON:            35.1662 / -77.1756

SURVEY SUMMARY:

A BRIEF TORNADO OR GUSTNADO TOUCHDOWN OCCURRED ALONG THE 500 BLOCK OF 
HYMAN RD WEST OF NEW BERN AROUND 8:20 PM. A SINGLE FAMILY HOME HAD 
ALMOST 50% OF ITS METAL ROOF TORN OFF AND A METAL CARPORT WAS PICKED UP 
WITH DEBRIS TOSSED UP TO 150 YARDS TO THE EAST. SEVERAL LARGE DIAMETER 
HARD AND SOFTWOOD TREE BRANCHES WHERE BROKEN WITH A FEW SOFTWOOD TREE 
TRUNKS SNAPPED IN THE VICINITY. NORTH OF THE RESIDENCE, DAMAGE TO CROPS 
AND TREES WERE GENERALLY IN A SOUTHERLY DIRECTION WHILE AT AND SOUTH OF 
THE RESIDENCE DAMAGE WAS TOWARD THE EAST SUGGESTING ROTATION. 

THIS SAME SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORM TRACKED EAST-SOUTHEAST INTO THE TOWN 
OF NEW BERN WITH MANY AREAS EXPERIENCING TREE DAMAGE MAINLY TO SMALL
BUT ALSO TO SOME LARGE DIAMETER BRANCHES. DAMAGE INDICATORS SUGGEST
STRAIGHTLINE DOWNBURST WINDS OUTSIDE OF THE INITIAL WEAK TORNADO
TOUCHDOWN. NO ADDITIONAL DAMAGE TO STRUCTURES WAS SEEN NOR REPORTED TO 
EMERGENCY SERVICES DURING OR PRIOR TO THE SURVEY OF THIS THUNDERSTORM. 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEWPORT FORECAST OFFICE WOULD LIKE TO 
THANK THE CRAVEN COUNTY EMERGENCY SERVICES FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE WITH 
THIS SURVEY.

&&

EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO THE
FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

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

NOTE:
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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