EF1 Tornado confirmed in Caldwell County

GREENVILLE/SPARTANBURG, SC (October 11, 2017)…This tornado, third and strongest in a series of tornadoes associated with the same supercell thunderstorm, touched down in Hudson near the intersection of Hwy 321 and Mt Herman Rd.  A large truck was overturned at this location.  The tornado moved north/northeast, initially paralleling Mt. Hermon Rd.  Numerous trees were uprooted and snapped, with one large tree falling on and causing significant damage to a home.  The tornado peaked in intensity near Fairwood Dr, where two small houses had much of their roofing material removed and a concrete block building had its roof blown off.  Two churches also had their steeples blown off along with some additional roof damage.  The tornado weakened, but continued to blow down trees and power lines as it crossed Alfred Hartley Rd.  At that point, it entered a heavily wooded area on Hibriten Mountain.  Based upon dual pol radar data, the tornado more than likely continued through there, with the path re-emerging and ending in the Cedar Rock community.

Location…1 NNW Hudson in Caldwell County North Carolina

Date…October 08 2017

Estimated Time…601 PM to 611 PM EDT

Maximum EF-Scale Rating…EF1

Estimated Maximum Wind Speed…105 mph

Maximum Path Width…400 yards

Path Length…6.71 miles

Beginning Lat/Lon…35.86N / 81.49W

Ending Lat/Lon…35.95N / 81.46W

* 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.

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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