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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BLACKSBURG VA  
155 PM EDT MON MAY 21 2018  
 
...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR BEDFORD COUNTY TORNADO EVENT ON SATURDAY  
EVENING OF MAY 19TH...  
 
START LOCATION...APPROXIMATELY 5 MILES SOUTHWEST OF BEDFORD CITY  
END LOCATION...APPROXIMATELY 4 MILES SOUTHWEST OF BEDFORD CITY  
DATE...MAY 19, 2018  
ESTIMATED TIME...936 PM EDT - 938 PM EDT  
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF1  
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...90 MPH  
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...100 YARDS  
PATH LENGTH...1.0 MILES  
BEGINNING LAT/LON...37.28/-79.56  
ENDING LAT/LON...37.29/-79.56  
* FATALITIES...NONE  
* INJURIES...NONE  
   
..SUMMARY
 
 
A NWS DAMAGE ASSESSMENT TEAM HAS CONCLUDED THAT A TORNADO TOUCHED  
DOWN JUST SOUTH OF MOUNT OLIVET ROAD IN BEDFORD COUNTY AT  
APPROXIMATELY 936 PM EDT ON SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2018.  
 
THE TORNADO REMAINED ON THE GROUND ALMOST CONTINUALLY AS IT MOVED  
NORTH-NORTHEAST AT AROUND 30 MPH THOUGH OPEN FARMLAND JUST WEST  
OF BIG EASY PLACE ROAD, WHICH IS OFF OF HIGHWAY 122. THE TORNADO  
CONTINUED A SHORT DISTANCE FURTHER NORTH OVER FARMLAND BEFORE  
LIFTING AROUND 938 PM EDT BEFORE REACHING THE POWER LINES ABOUT A  
MILE SOUTHWEST OF HIDDEN OAKS LANE.  
 
APPROXIMATELY 50 TREES WERE EITHER SNAPPED, UPROOTED, OR DAMAGED  
ALONG THE PATH OF THE TORNADO. NO HOMES OR OUTBUILDINGS WERE  
IMPACTED.  
 
DAMAGE INDICATORS ALONG MOST OF THE TORNADIC PATH WERE IN THE EF0  
RANGE, MAINLY 65 TO 85 MPH, BUT AN ISOLATED LOW-END EF1 DAMAGE  
INDICATOR CONSISTENT WITH 90 MPH WINDS WAS NOTED, HENCE THE STORM  
RATING AS EF1.  
 
THE NWS WOULD LIKE TO THANK LOCAL LAND OWNERS FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE  
IN THE CONDUCTION OF THIS DAMAGE ASSESSMENT 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  
 
THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO  
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN NWS  
STORM DATA.  
 

 
 
WERT  
 
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