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Public Information Statement
Issued: 8:35 PM EDT Apr. 25, 2019 – National Weather Service


... NWS damage survey for 04/19/19 Edgecombe/Halifax County
tornado event (updated)...

.EF-1 tornado confirmed east of Battleboro, North Carolina on Friday (updated)...

Start location... 2 ESE Battleboro in Edgecombe County, NC.
End location... 3 E Enfield in Halifax County, NC.
Date... April 19, 2019
estimated time... 6:14 PM EDT - 6:25 PM EDT
maximum ef-scale rating... EF-1
estimated maximum wind speed... 95 - 105 mph
maximum path width... 75 yards
path length... 10.57 miles
beginning lat/Lon... 36.0416/-77.7087
ending lat/Lon... 36.1801/-77.6232
* fatalities... 0
* injuries... 0

... Summary...
after receiving additional damage reports near the Sunnyside
community, the tornado that was confirmed 3 SSE of Whitakers has
been extended further to the southwest. The tornado now will start 2
ESE of Battleboro where multiple trees were snapped and uprooted.
The tornado then lifted and briefly touched down just southwest of
Whitakers, not far from the Swift Creek crossing along seven bridges
Road. The tornado continued north northeastward for a total path
length of 10.57 miles, causing primarily vegetation damage in the
form of intermittent uprooted and snapped trees. The tornado reached
its Max intensity just prior to crossing speights chapel Road where
it directly hit a fifty year old single-wide trailer home,
completely destroying it, and lofting debris from the structure for
several hundred yards downstream. The home was unoccupied at the
time, and the neighboring structures of similar build only received
minor structural damage. The tornado continued northeastward,
damaging some farm outbuildings on the north side of NC 33 before it
ventured into Halifax County, only causing intermittent tree damage
as it ventured into Marshlands. The tornado lifted and dissipated
rapidly after approaching Beech Swamp.

A tornado debris signature (tds) was clearly evident from the krax
weather radar in Johnson County, NC, primarily after the tornado
hit the single-wide home structure.

The NWS in Raleigh would like to thank the emergency managers from
Edgecombe and Halifax counties for their guidance and assistance
throughout the survey process.


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.


835 PM EDT Thu Apr 25 2019


... NWS damage survey for 04/19/19 Edgecombe/Halifax County
tornado event (updated)...

.EF-1 tornado confirmed east of Battleboro, North Carolina on Friday (updated)...

Start location... 2 ESE Battleboro in Edgecombe County, NC.
End location... 3 E Enfield in Halifax County, NC.
Date... April 19, 2019
estimated time... 6:14 PM EDT - 6:25 PM EDT
maximum ef-scale rating... EF-1
estimated maximum wind speed... 95 - 105 mph
maximum path width... 75 yards
path length... 10.57 miles
beginning lat/Lon... 36.0416/-77.7087
ending lat/Lon... 36.1801/-77.6232
* fatalities... 0
* injuries... 0

... Summary...
after receiving additional damage reports near the Sunnyside
community, the tornado that was confirmed 3 SSE of Whitakers has
been extended further to the southwest. The tornado now will start 2
ESE of Battleboro where multiple trees were snapped and uprooted.
The tornado then lifted and briefly touched down just southwest of
Whitakers, not far from the Swift Creek crossing along seven bridges
Road. The tornado continued north northeastward for a total path
length of 10.57 miles, causing primarily vegetation damage in the
form of intermittent uprooted and snapped trees. The tornado reached
its Max intensity just prior to crossing speights chapel Road where
it directly hit a fifty year old single-wide trailer home,
completely destroying it, and lofting debris from the structure for
several hundred yards downstream. The home was unoccupied at the
time, and the neighboring structures of similar build only received
minor structural damage. The tornado continued northeastward,
damaging some farm outbuildings on the north side of NC 33 before it
ventured into Halifax County, only causing intermittent tree damage
as it ventured into Marshlands. The tornado lifted and dissipated
rapidly after approaching Beech Swamp.

A tornado debris signature (tds) was clearly evident from the krax
weather radar in Johnson County, NC, primarily after the tornado
hit the single-wide home structure.

The NWS in Raleigh would like to thank the emergency managers from
Edgecombe and Halifax counties for their guidance and assistance
throughout the survey process.


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.