National Weather Service confirms EF-0 tornado in Marion County Monday evening

Marion

UPDATE (6/16/21 5:31 p.m.):

FAIRMONT, W.Va. – The National Weather Service office out of Pittsburgh has rated the tornado as an EF-0 Tornado with a maximum wind speed of 75 miles per hour.

The tornado was on the ground from approximately 6:42-6:46 p.m. Monday in the Pleasant Valley area of Marion County.

The path of the tornado was 0.9 miles and was 100 yards wide.

Below are the details of the storm damage survey from the National Weather Service office:

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PITTSBURGH PA
517 PM EDT WED JUN 16 2021

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 06/14/21 TORNADO EVENT...

.PLEASANT VALLEY TORNADO...

START LOCATION...PLEASANT VALLEY AREA OF FAIRMONT IN MARION COUNTY, WV
END LOCATION...PLEASANT VALLEY AREA OF FAIRMONT IN MARION COUNTY, WV
DATE...JUN 14 2021
ESTIMATED TIME...642P - 646P
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF0
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...75 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...100 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...0.9 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON...39.4730N / 80.1220W
ENDING LAT/LON...39.4622N / 80.1147W
* FATALITIES...0
* INJURIES...1

...SUMMARY...
INITIAL DAMAGE BEGAN JUST WEST OF INTERSTATE 79, AND INTENSIFIED 
BRIEFLY AFTER CROSSING THE INTERSTATE. THE MOST CONCENTRATED 
DAMAGE ALONG THE CONVERGENT DEBRIS PATH WAS FOUND ALONG STONEY 
ROAD, WHERE NUMEROUS TREES WERE UPROOTED OR SNAPPED, AND A WELL- 
CONSTRUCTED GARAGE LOST SHINGLES. A LARGE TREE IN THIS AREA WAS 
BLOWN ONTO A HOUSE, WHERE AN INHABIATANT SUSTAINED INJURIES. THE 
TORNADO CONTINUED ALONG THE VALLEY AND SLOWLY WEAKENED, CONTINUING
TO UPROOT TREES.

GIVEN THE WET SOIL FROM PRIOR RAIN, MAXIMUM WIND SPEED WAS 
ESTIMATED ON THE LOWER END OF WHAT WOULD BE CONSISTENT WITH THE 
NATURE AND SCOPE OF THE OBSERVED DAMAGE.

MANY THANKS TO MARION COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT/FAIRMONT FIRE 
DEPARTMENT FOR THEIR DIRECT ASSISTANCE WITH THIS SURVEY.

ORIGINAL STORY (6/16/21 2:20 p.m.):

FAIRMONT, W.Va. – Officials from the Pittsburgh office of the National Weather Service visited Fairmont, Wednesday and were able to confirm that a tornado hit the area on Monday evening.

Officials have not yet determined the severity of the tornado, but said it touched down east of Interstate 79 between Route 310/East Grafton Road and Stoney Road.

The tornado knocked down several large trees and tore shingles off of buildings. One of the trees fell on a house, injuring a girl inside.

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