Six tornadoes confirmed in Carolinas on Oct. 23, 2017

GREENVILLE/SPARTANBURG, S.C. — The National Weather Service has issued an updated report on the weather events of Oct. 23, 2017. Six tornadoes were confirmed moving through the Carolinas. The report also contains damage reports, maximum wind speeds and path widths.

...EF2 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN SPARTANBURG COUNTY SOUTH CAROLINA...

Location...4 WNW Spartanburg to 4 N Spartanburg in Spartanburg
County South Carolina
Date...October 23 2017
Estimated Time...312 PM to 318 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF2
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...120 mph
Maximum Path Width...350 yards
Path Length...3.05 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...34.97N / 81.99W
Ending Lat/Lon...35.0N / 81.95W
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...1

* The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to change pending final review of the event and publication in NWS Storm Data.

...Summary...
A  second, more intense tornado touched down on the northwest side of Spartanburg, along Business 85 near Spartanburg Community College. The tornado reached its peak intensity almost immediately upon touching down, as a warehouse building near the intersection of Spring St and Simuel Rd suffered extensive
damage, with the collapse of an exterior wall, and much of the roof removed. Multiple trailers were damaged or destroyed and several cars flipped in a parking lot at an adjacent business at Garrett Rd and Spring St. A person who sought shelter in a glass booth under a metal awning structure at this location was hospitalized with burst ear drums due to the extreme change in air pressure. A  warehouse building also lost much of its roofing here. The tornado continued east/northeast, paralleling Business 85, snapping trees along New Cut Rd, and collapsing a wall at another warehouse style building on Buffington Rd. The tornado appeared to weaken considerably from this point, with damage primarily limited to downed trees and limbs until the path ended near the intersection of Business 85 and Highway 9.

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

...EF1 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN SPARTANBURG COUNTY SOUTH CAROLINA...

Location...4 WNW Woodruff to 2 W Spartanburg in Spartanburg County South Carolina
Date...October 24 2017
Estimated Time...252 PM to 310 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF1
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...95 mph
Maximum Path Width...100 yards
Path Length...13.43 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...34.78N / 82.08W
Ending Lat/Lon...34.94N / 81.97W
* 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.

...Summary...
NWS Storm Survey found the path of a tornado that began near the intersection of Highway 101 and Neilson Rd. The tornado moved north/northeast uprooting and snapping numerous trees along Greenpond Rd and Switzer Green Pond Rd. Some structural damage was also noted to homes in this area, mainly minor roof damage and damage to gutters and siding. The path of the tornado was lost in the area around Pearson Rd and Pine Hills Rd, where it entered a heavily wooded valley near the Tyger River, but the tornado is
presumed to have continued through this area. The track was picked up again in the area between Bethany Church Rd and Highway 290. Many downed trees were observed from that area northeast toward Reidville Rd, where damage became less intense and more sporadic. 

The tornado continued northeast to near the I- 26/Highway 29 intersection, where the path made an eastward jog. Numerous trees were snapped and uprooted in neighborhood off Hwy 29 just east of Westgate mall. Although a distinct tornado path was lost in this area, a broad swath of tree damage and minor structural damage was observed along a SE to NW axis, across the Saxon community. This was interpreted as damaging inflow wind gusts into a second, stronger tornado that was developing around the same time along Business 85 in the area around Spartanburg Community College. This tornado will be described in a separate statement.

 

...EF2 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN CHEROKEE COUNTY SC AND CLEVELAND COUNTY NC...

Location...5 WNW Gaffney in Cherokee County SC to 5 SSW
Boiling Springs in Cleveland County NC
Date...October 23 2017
Estimated Time...336 PM to 342 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF2
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...120 mph
Maximum Path Width...150 yards Path Length...4.96 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...35.11N / 81.73W
Ending Lat/Lon...35.18N / 81.71W
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...0

...Summary...
Storm Survey team found the path of a strong tornado that tracked from northwest Cherokee County SC into extreme southern Cleveland County in NC. The tornado touched down near the intersection of
Farmington Rd and Meadowview Rd, with damage initially confined to downed trees. The tornado moved north/northeast to theintersection of Fairview Rd and Highway 11, where two homes sustained EF2 damage, with much of the roofs of both homesremoved. The tornado appeared to weaken northeast of thislocation, with damage confined mainly to minor structural damage and downed trees and power lines until it reached the area nearthe intersection of Furnace Mill Rd and Robb School Rd. A framehome slid off its foundation on W Diesel Dr, resulting in virtual destruction of the home. The path of the tornado through this area was less than 1000 ft west of a short track tornado that impacted the area around Robb School Rd and Twin Bridge Rd on
October 8th 2017.

The tornado weakened again from there, with damage confined to downed trees and tree limbs as it moved into Cleveland County between Twin Bridges Rd and McCraw Rd. The tornado  dissipatedshortly after crossing into NC.

...EF1 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN CHEROKEE COUNTY SOUTH CAROLINA...

Location...1 ESE Chesnee in Cherokee County South Carolina
Date...October 23 2017
Estimated Time...333 PM to 340 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF1
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...90 mph
Maximum Path Width...150 yards
Path Length...3.75 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...35.14N / 81.84W
Ending Lat/Lon...35.18N / 81.8W
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...0

...Summary...
NWS Storm Survey found the path of an EF1 tornado that began about 1 mile southeast of Chesnee near the Cherokee/SpartanburgCounty line. Damage associated with this tornado was largely confined to uprooted and snapped trees as it moved northeast,crossing Highway 11, Keg Town Mill Rd, and N Green River Rd before crossing into Rutherford County in North Carolina nearCamp Ferry Rd. From there, the tornado impacted the Cliffside community. This tornado has been detailed in a statement issuedearlier this week. This was the second tornado that impacted northwest Cherokee County on October 23.

...EF1 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN RUTHERFORD AND CLEVELAND COUNTIES NORTH CAROLINA...

Location...4 SSW Cliffside in Rutherford County North Carolina
Date...October 23 2017
Estimated Time...340 PM to 402 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF1
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...100 mph
Maximum Path Width...100 yards
Path Length...19.23 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...35.18N / 81.8W
Ending Lat/Lon...35.42N / 81.63W
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...0

...Summary...
The tornado began along State Line Road in extreme southeast Rutherford County, traveling northeast resulting in mainly uprooted and snapped trees. Some structural damage occurred in Cliffside, with windows blown out of a school and several trees onstructures. The tornado continued northeast, and just west of Mooresboro it significantly damaged a warehouse building. A camper was overturned and the man inside was thrown 15-20 yards, but was thankfully unharmed. The tornado continued northeast, with 
sporadic uprooted and snapped trees along the path, until it reached Polkville where additional structural damage was noted, mainly in the form of trees on houses. The tornado lifted just east of Polkville.

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

...EF2 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN BURKE...CATAWBA...CALDWELL...AND ALEXANDER COUNTIES NORTH CAROLINA...

Location…1 NNW Longview in Burke County North Carolina
Date…October 23 2017
Estimated Time…435 PM to 500 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating…EF2
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed…125 mph
Maximum Path Width…1300 yards
Path Length…22.83 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon…35.74N / 81.39W
Ending Lat/Lon…36.02N / 81.21W
* Fatalities…0
* Injuries…0

…Summary…
An EF2 tornado touched down near the Hickory Regional Airport inextreme eastern Burke County, destroying a hangar and planesinside. Initially, the tornado was very narrow, with damagelocalized to the one hangar. The tornado downed some trees inWinkler Park, then continued northeast straddling the
Caldwell/Catawba County line. While weakening to EF1, the tornadowidened to almost 3/4 mile, with damage on either side of LakeHickory in both counties. Significant tree damage occurred withhundreds of trees downed, many on houses, cars, and otherstructures. Additional tree damage occurred outside the tornado’spath due to widespread intense straight-line winds. The tornadoturned left, narrowed, and straddled the Alexander/Caldwell County line, again resulting in mainly tree damage but with somestructural damage from falling trees. The tornado shifted backnortheast, finally weakening and lifting just south of theAlexander/Wilkes County line, west of Highway 16.


...EF1 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN CLEVELAND...LINCOLN...AND CATAWBA COUNTIES NORTH CAROLINA...

Location…1 NW Lawndale in Cleveland County North Carolina
Date…October 23 2017
Estimated Time…408 PM to 425 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating…EF1
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed…100 mph
Maximum Path Width…100 yards
Path Length…12.81 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon…35.42N / 81.58W
Ending Lat/Lon…35.59N / 81.48W
* Fatalities…0
* Injuries…0

…Summary…
The tornado touched down near Lawndale, resulting in structural damage as uprooted and snapped trees fell on houses. The tornado continued northeast, with sporadic trees downed along its path, with a slight uptick in structural damage near Belwood, again due to trees falling on homes. The tornado passed through extreme northwest Lincoln County and into southwest Catawba County, with additional downed trees before it lifted. Additional straight- line wind damage continued through western Catawba and eastern Burke Counties with hundreds of trees downed.