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National Weather Service: Tornado Touched Down in Taylor County

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Preliminary Tornado Path, Courtesy: NWS Charleston Preliminary Tornado Path, Courtesy: NWS Charleston
The National Weather Service in Charleston has determined a tornado touchdown occurred in Taylor County Tuesday based on damage in the area.The path meteorologist Faith Borden and her team surveyed was on Route 310 through Taylor County, near Wickwire Run Road up to the Twin Oaks division.

"Along that route, we saw evidence of High End EF 0 tornado damage, somewhere around 90 miles per hour or so for wind speed," said Borden.

Borden said these speeds are determined by researchers, who have spent many hours in labs looking at different damage indicators.

"When you survey storms, you look to see what damage happens. Lots of trees down, in many locations, there were as many as 20. Some of them were falling in different directions, some of them were uprooted, some of them were snapped. Based on what we see visually, we then put that into a scale, the Enhanced Fujita scale, to figure out what damage we think we had," said Borden.

"They heard a train noise coming through the valleys, and some were unable to describe what they saw. Then, other people was reporting rain in a circular pattern," said Mark Knotts of the Taylor County Office of Emergency Management, Homeland Security.

The National Weather Service also surveyed damage at Tygart Lake State Park, which as of Friday afternoon, had been without power since Tuesday, but as the cleanup continues, the answers are starting to surface.

"As I go back, it might have been 100 miles per hour, and if it was, then I might bump it up to the EF1 category," said Borden.

The National Weather Service is encouraging anyone with photographs of the damage to share them on its Facebook page.

The last recorded tornado in Taylor County was in 1944.

The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh announced Wednesday that a brief tornado touchdown in southern Monongalia County.  

The following is the preliminary report of the tornado event, which now classifies the storm as a EF1, with maximum wind speeds of 100 mph:

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON WV

936 PM EDT FRI JUL 11 2014

...TORNADO CONFIRMED NORTH OF GRAFTON IN TAYLOR COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA...

LOCATION...2 N GRAFTON IN TAYLOR COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA

DATE...07/08/2014

ESTIMATED TIME...355 PM EDT

MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF1

ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...100 MPH

MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...150 YARDS 

PATH LENGTH...4.5 MILES BEGINNING

LAT/LON...39.3699N / 81.0404W 

ENDING LAT/LON...39.3953N / 79.9631W

* 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 CHARLESTON WV HAS CONFIRMED A TORNADO NORTH OF GRAFTON IN TAYLOR COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA ON 07/08/2014.

THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN AT APPROXIMATELY 355 PM EDT ON THE EASTERN BANKS OF THE TYGART VALLEY RIVER ABOUT 2 MILES NORTH OF THE CITY OF GRAFTON...ALONG WV-310...ALSO CALLED COUNTRY CLUB ROAD. THE DAMAGE PATH IN THIS AREA WAS ABOUT 150 YARDS WIDE...AND CONTAINED SNAPPED AND UPROOTED TREES AS WELL AS ROOF DAMAGE TO A HOME AND A CARPORT WAS DESTROYED. THE DAMAGE SURVEY TEAM DETERMINED THE TREE

DEBRIS FELL IN A CONVERGING PATTERN.

THE DAMAGE PATH CONTINUES TO THE NORTHEAST...WITH ADDITIONAL TREE

DAMAGE ALONG COUNTRY CLUB ROAD. THE TORNADO THEN CROSSED WICKWIRE

ROAD...WHERE A MANUFACTURED HOME WAS DAMAGED BY A FALLING TREE

AND IS NOW UNINHABITABLE.

IT IS LIKELY THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST FOR ABOUT 3 MILES THROUGH

UNINHABITED LAND. DOWNED TREES WERE SEEN HOWEVER THIS AREA WAS

NOT ACTIVELY SURVEYED DUE TO THE LACK OF ROADS.

THE FINAL DAMAGE WAS FOUND JUST EAST OF COUNTY ROUTE 26/2...WHERE

NUMEROUS TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED. ONE ALSO FELL ONTO THE

CORNER OF A HOUSE.

THE TOTAL PATH LENGTH OF THE TORNADO WAS DETERMINED TO BE ABOUT

4.5 MILES. THE TORNADO WAS RATED AN EF1 WITH MAXIMUM WINDS OF 100

MPH BASED ON HEALTHY HARDWOOD TREES THAT WERE SNAPPED.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH #403 WAS ISSUED AT 105 PM FOR TAYLOR

COUNTY. A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING WAS ISSUED AT 341 PM...VALID

UNTIL 415 PM.