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SHIPMAN : NWS Confirms Tornado Touchdown Last Week

[ 0 ] May 14, 2008 |

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MAY 8 NEXRAD GRAB
Nexrad Radar Image from (via wunderground.com ) line of storms on May 8th that caused Shipman tornado. Click on image above for larger view.


PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
953 PM EDT WED MAY 14 2008

…PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT…

…TORNADO CONFIRMED IN NELSON COUNTY…

TODAY A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM SURVEY TEAM FROM THE
WEATHER FORECAST OFFICE IN STERLING VA EXAMINED DAMAGE IN SHIPMAN
VA IN EASTERN NELSON COUNTY.

THE SURVEY CONCLUDED THAT A BRIEF TORNADO…RATED EF0…CAUSED THE
DAMAGE THAT OCCURRED LAST THURSDAY EVENING 08 MAY 2008 IN SHIPMAN
VA. ESTIMATED MAX WINDS WERE 75 MPH. TORNADO TOUCHDOWN TIME WAS
10:39 PM EDT BASED ON EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS AND 911 CENTER CALLS.
THE TORNADO…ABOUT 50 YARDS WIDE…WAS ON THE GROUND FOR ONE-
QUARTER MILE…LASTING ONLY ABOUT 20 SECONDS.

THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE WAS CONCENTRATED TO TWO ADJOINING
HOMES ON DOWDY LANE AND NEARBY TREES. A PORTION OF THE ROOF FROM
EACH HOME WAS BLOWN OFF. ONE HOME…ABOUT HALF OF THE ROOF WAS
REMOVED EXPOSING THE LOWER FLOOR OF THE HOUSE THAT WAS OCCUPIED BY
TWO PERSONS. THERE WERE NO INJURIES. NEARBY A SUB-COMPACT CAR WAS
BLOWN ON ITS SIDE. METAL ROOFING WAS WRAPPED COMPLETELY AROUND A
NEARBY TREE.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING EXTENDS THANKS FOR
ASSISTANCE PROVIDED BY NELSON COUNTY EMERGENCY SERVICES IN
CONDUCTING TODAYS SURVEY.

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