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NOUS42 KMHX 032115  
PNSMHX  
NCZ029-044>047-079>081-090>092-094-193>196-198-199-203>205-040115-  
 
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEWPORT/MOREHEAD CITY NC  
515 PM EDT MON JUN 3 2019  
   
..GUSTNADO CONFIRMED NEAR FAIRFIELD IN HYDE COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA
 
 
LOCATION...FAIRFIELD IN HYDE COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA  
DATE...MAY 31ST 2019  
ESTIMATED TIME...353 PM TO 356 PM EDT  
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF0  
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...80 MPH  
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...0.50 MILES  
PATH LENGTH...2 MILES  
BEGINNING LAT/LON...35.538625/-76.188886  
ENDING LAT/LON...35.555941/-76.150945  
* 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 GUSTNADO NEAR FAIRFIELD IN HYDE COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA ON MAY 31ST  
2019.  
 
A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM MOVING TO THE EAST PRODUCED A GUSTNADO ALONG OR  
JUST NORTH OF LAKE MATTAMUSKEET NEAR AND JUST TO THE EAST OF FAIRFIELD,  
NC ON THE AFTERNOON OF MAY 31ST, 2019. THE GUSTNADO MAY HAVE FORMED OVER  
THE LAKE BEFORE CROSSING OVER NORTH LAKE ROAD, JUST EAST OF FAIRFIELD.  
WHILE SOME SMALLER LIMBS WERE DOWN IN THE TOWN OF FAIRFIELD, THE MOST  
SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE CERTAINLY OCCURRED WITH THE GUSTNADO, MAINLY ALONG  
NORTH LAKE ROAD. MOST OF THE DAMAGE CONSISTED OF SMALLER TREE LIMBS  
DOWN, CONSISTENT WITH WINDS AROUND 60 MPH. ABOUT 4 MILES EAST OF  
FAIRFIELD, AGAIN MAINLY ALONG NORTH LAKE ROAD, MAXIMUM WINDS OF AROUND  
80 MPH OCCURRED. HERE LESS THAN 10% OF SHINGLES ON A HOUSE WERE BLOWN  
OFF, WITH LARGER SECTIONS OF TREES EITHER SNAPPED OR BROKEN.  
 
HYDE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PROVIDED US WITH EXTENSIVE PICTURES OF  
THE DAMAGE. THEY CONFIRMED THAT ALL OF THE DAMAGE WAS ORIENTED FROM THE  
NORTH TO SOUTH OR IN THE SAME DIRECTION, WHICH WOULD NOT BE CONSISTENT  
WITH THAT OF A TORNADO. WE ARE VERY THANKFUL THAT WE ALSO RECEIVED A  
GREAT PIECE OF VIDEO FROM A LOCATION ALONG NORTH LAKE ROAD EAST OF THE  
DAMAGE, THAT SHOWED THE ROTATION. A TEAM FROM THE OFFICE COMPARED THE  
VIDEO TO RADAR IMAGERY OF THE STORM. THE STRONGEST SIGNATURE ON THE  
RADAR WAS THAT OF A DOWNDRAFT, WITH VERY STRONG INBOUND WINDS TOWARD THE  
RADAR SITE HERE IN NEWPORT OR FROM THE NORTH. IN ADDITION THE STORM HAD  
A STRONG REAR INFLOW JET ON THE BACKSIDE OF THE STORM WHICH OFTEN  
CONTRIBUTES TO SEVERE WINDS OF THE DOWNDRAFT FORM. LASTLY OUR AREA HAD  
BEEN VERY DRY UP UNTIL THIS STORM, WITH DUSTSTORMS BEING REPORTED IN THE  
AREA THAT SAME AFTER. THE AMOUNT OF DUST LIKELY AIDED IN BEING ABLE TO  
SEE THIS CIRCULATION SO CLEARLY.  
 
THIS INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE AT  
WEATHER.GOV/NEWPORT.  
 
FOR REFERENCE:  
 
A GUSTNADO IS A RELATIVELY SMALL WHIRLWIND WHICH FORMS AS AN EDDY IN  
THUNDERSTORM OUTFLOWS. THEY DO NOT CONNECT WITH ANY CLOUD-BASE ROTATION  
AND ARE NOT TORNADOES. SINCE THEIR ORIGIN IS ASSOCIATED WITH CUMULIFORM  
CLOUDS, GUSTNADOES WILL BE CLASSIFIED AS THUNDERSTORM WIND EVENTS.  
GUSTNADOES FORM DUE TO NON-TORNADIC STRAIGHT-LINE WIND FEATURES IN THE  
DOWNDRAFT (OUTFLOW), SPECIFICALLY WITHIN THE GUST FRONT OF STRONG  
THUNDERSTORMS. GUSTNADOES TEND TO BE NOTICED WHEN THE VORTICES LOFT  
SUFFICIENT DEBRIS OR FORM CONDENSATION CLOUDS TO BE VISIBLE, ALTHOUGH IT  
IS THE WIND THAT MAKES THE GUSTNADO, SIMILARLY TO TORNADOES. GUSTNADOES  
DO NOT HAVE ANYTHING IN COMMON WITH TORNADOES STRUCTURALLY OR  
DYNAMICALLY IN REGARD TO VERTICAL REDEVELOPMENT, INTENSITY, LONGEVITY,  
OR FORMATIVE PROCESS, AS TORNADOES ARE ASSOCIATED WITH MESOCYCLONES  
WITHIN THE INFLOW (UPDRAFT) OF THE STORM, AND NOT THE OUTFLOW.  
 
IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT ALTHOUGH NOT CLASSIFIED AS A TORNADO,  
GUSTNADOES CAN PRODUCE DAMAGE CONSISTENT WITH THAT OF AN EF0 OR LOW END  
EF1 TORNADO OR ROUGHLY IN THE 70 TO 90 MPH RANGE.  
 

 
 
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