SIX TORNADOS CONFIRMED IN WESTERN CAROLINAS IN MONDAY'S STORMS; CLICK THIS STORY FOR DETAILS

SIX TORNADOS CONFIRMED IN WESTERN CAROLINAS IN MONDAY'S STORMS; CLICK THIS STORY FOR DETAILS SIX TORNADOS CONFIRMED IN WESTERN CAROLINAS IN MONDAY'S STORMS; CLICK THIS STORY FOR DETAILS

TORNADOS OFFICIALLY CONFIRMED IN WESTERN NORTH AND SOUTH CAROLINA IN MONDAY'S STORMS    

EF2 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN SPARTANBURG COUNTY SOUTH CAROLINA...

Location...4 WNW Spartanburg to 4 N Spartanburg in Spartanburg
County South Carolina
Date...October 23 2017
Estimated Time...312 PM to 318 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF2
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...120 mph
Maximum Path Width...350 yards
Path Length...3.05 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...34.97N / 81.99W
Ending Lat/Lon...35.0N / 81.95W
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...1

* The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event and publication in NWS
Storm Data.

...Summary...
A second, more intense tornado touched down on the northwest
side of Spartanburg, along Business 85 near Spartanburg Community
College. The tornado reached its peak intensity almost
immediately upon touching down, as a warehouse building near the
intersection of Spring St and Simuel Rd suffered extensive
damage, with the collapse of an exterior wall, and much of the
roof removed. Multiple trailers were damaged or destroyed and
several cars flipped in a parking lot at an adjacent business at
Garrett Rd and Spring St. A person who sought shelter in a glass
booth under a metal awning structure at this location was
hospitalized with burst ear drums due to the extreme change in
air pressure. A warehouse building also lost much of its roofing
here. The tornado continued east/northeast, paralleling Business
85, snapping trees along New Cut Rd, and collapsing a wall at
another warehouse style building on Buffington Rd. The tornado
appeared to weaken considerably from this point, with damage
primarily limited to downed trees and limbs until the path
ended near the intersection of Business 85 and Highway 9.

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

...EF1 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN SPARTANBURG COUNTY SOUTH CAROLINA...

Location...4 WNW Woodruff to 2 W Spartanburg in Spartanburg
County South Carolina
Date...October 24 2017
Estimated Time...252 PM to 310 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF1
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...95 mph
Maximum Path Width...100 yards
Path Length...13.43 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...34.78N / 82.08W
Ending Lat/Lon...34.94N / 81.97W
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...0

* The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event and publication in NWS
Storm Data.

...Summary...
NWS Storm Survey found the path of a tornado that began near the
intersection of Highway 101 and Neilson Rd. The tornado moved
north/northeast uprooting and snapping numerous trees along
Greenpond Rd and Switzer Green Pond Rd. Some structural damage was
also noted to homes in this area, mainly minor roof damage and
damage to gutters and siding. The path of the tornado was lost in
the area around Pearson Rd and Pine Hills Rd, where it entered a
heavily wooded valley near the Tyger River, but the tornado is
presumed to have continued through this area. The track was picked
up again in the area between Bethany Church Rd and Highway 290.
Many downed trees were observed from that area northeast toward
Reidville Rd, where damage became less intense and more sporadic.
The tornado continued northeast to near the I- 26/Highway 29
intersection, where the path made an eastward jog. Numerous trees
were snapped and uprooted in neighborhood off Hwy 29 just east of
Westgate mall. Although a distinct tornado path was lost in this
area, a broad swath of tree damage and minor structural damage
was observed along a SE to NW axis, across the Saxon community.
This was interpreted as damaging inflow wind gusts into a second,
stronger tornado that was developing around the same time along
Business 85 in the area around Spartanburg Community College. This
tornado will be described in a separate statement.

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

...EF2 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN CHEROKEE COUNTY SC AND CLEVELAND
COUNTY NC...

Location...5 WNW Gaffney in Cherokee County SC to 5 SSW
Boiling Springs in Cleveland County NC
Date...October 23 2017
Estimated Time...336 PM to 342 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF2
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...120 mph
Maximum Path Width...150 yards Path Length...4.96 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...35.11N / 81.73W
Ending Lat/Lon...35.18N / 81.71W
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...0

* The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event and publication in NWS
Storm Data.

...Summary...
Storm Survey team found the path of a strong tornado that tracked
from northwest Cherokee County SC into extreme southern Cleveland
County in NC. The tornado touched down near the intersection of
Farmington Rd and Meadowview Rd, with damage initially confined to
downed trees. The tornado moved north/northeast to the
intersection of Fairview Rd and Highway 11, where two homes
sustained EF2 damage, with much of the roofs of both homes
removed. The tornado appeared to weaken northeast of this
location, with damage confined mainly to minor structural damage
and downed trees and power lines until it reached the area near
the intersection of Furnace Mill Rd and Robb School Rd. A frame
home slid off its foundation on W Diesel Dr, resulting in virtual
destruction of the home. The path of the tornado through this
area was less than 1000 ft west of a short track tornado that
impacted the area around Robb School Rd and Twin Bridge Rd on
October 8th 2017.

The tornado weakened again from there, with damage confined to
downed trees and tree limbs as it moved into Cleveland County
between Twin Bridges Rd and McCraw Rd. The tornado dissipated
shortly after crossing into NC.

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

...EF1 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN RUTHERFORD AND CLEVELAND COUNTIES
NORTH CAROLINA...

Location...4 SSW Cliffside in Rutherford County North Carolina
Date...October 23 2017
Estimated Time...340 PM to 402 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF1
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...100 mph
Maximum Path Width...100 yards
Path Length...19.23 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...35.18N / 81.8W
Ending Lat/Lon...35.42N / 81.63W
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...0

* The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event and publication in NWS
Storm Data.

...Summary...
The tornado began along State Line Road in extreme southeast
Rutherford County, traveling northeast resulting in mainly
uprooted and snapped trees. Some structural damage occurred in
Cliffside, with windows blown out of a school and several trees on
structures. The tornado continued northeast, and just west of
Mooresboro it significantly damaged a warehouse building. A camper
was overturned and the man inside was thrown 15-20 yards, but was
thankfully unharmed. The tornado continued northeast, with
sporadic uprooted and snapped trees along the path, until it
reached Polkville where additional structural damage was noted,
mainly in the form of trees on houses. The tornado lifted just
east of Polkville.

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

...EF2 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN BURKE...CATAWBA...CALDWELL...AND
ALEXANDER COUNTIES NORTH CAROLINA...

Location...1 NNW Longview in Burke County North Carolina
Date...October 23 2017
Estimated Time...435 PM to 500 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF2
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...125 mph
Maximum Path Width...1300 yards
Path Length...22.83 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...35.74N / 81.39W
Ending Lat/Lon...36.02N / 81.21W
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...0

* The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event and publication in NWS
Storm Data.

...Summary...
An EF2 tornado touched down near the Hickory Regional Airport in
extreme eastern Burke County, destroying a hangar and planes
inside. Initially, the tornado was very narrow, with damage
localized to the one hangar. The tornado downed some trees in
Winkler Park, then continued northeast straddling the
Caldwell/Catawba County line. While weakening to EF1, the tornado
widened to almost 3/4 mile, with damage on either side of Lake
Hickory in both counties. Significant tree damage occurred with
hundreds of trees downed, many on houses, cars, and other
structures. Additional tree damage occurred outside the tornado's
path due to widespread intense straight-line winds. The tornado
turned left, narrowed, and straddled the Alexander/Caldwell
County line, again resulting in mainly tree damage but with some
structural damage from falling trees. The tornado shifted back
northeast, finally weakening and lifting just south of the
Alexander/Wilkes County line, west of Highway 16.

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

...EF1 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN CLEVELAND...LINCOLN...AND CATAWBA
COUNTIES NORTH CAROLINA...

Location...1 NW Lawndale in Cleveland County North Carolina
Date...October 23 2017
Estimated Time...408 PM to 425 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF1
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...100 mph
Maximum Path Width...100 yards
Path Length...12.81 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...35.42N / 81.58W
Ending Lat/Lon...35.59N / 81.48W
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...0

* The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event and publication in NWS
Storm Data.

...Summary...
The tornado touched down near Lawndale, resulting in structural
damage as uprooted and snapped trees fell on houses. The tornado
continued northeast, with sporadic trees downed along its path,
with a slight uptick in structural damage near Belwood, again due
to trees falling on homes. The tornado passed through extreme
northwest Lincoln County and into southwest Catawba County, with
additional downed trees before it lifted. Additional straight-
line wind damage continued through western Catawba and eastern
Burke Counties with hundreds of trees downed.

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