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Public Information Statement (PNS)

Issued by Boston / Norton, MA (BOX)

                            
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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Boston/Norton MA 
220 PM EDT Thu Aug 16 2018

...CHANGES TO START/END TIMES FOR THE WOODSTOCK, CT AND 
DUDLEY/WEBSTER, MA TORNADOES OF AUGUST 4, 2018...

...RECLASSIFICATION OF THE GOSHEN, MA TORNADO OF FEBRUARY 25, 2017...

NWS-Norton has updated the times of occurrence of the tornadoes that 
occurred on August 4, 2018. Further review of radar imagery and 
eyewitness reports confirmed that there had been a miscalculation.
The EF-scale ratings, path length/width, and descriptions remain the 
same as previously reported. However, we have determined that the 
Woodstock to Thompson, CT EF-0 tornado touched down from 936 AM to 
945 AM (previously reported as 936 AM to 940 AM). The tornado then 
touched down again as a high-end EF-1 tornado in Dudley at 959 AM 
and exited Webster at 1000 AM (previously reported as 948 to 949 AM).

Also, NWS-Norton has received new photos and information from both 
the public and Goshen, MA town officials which has led us to 
reclassify the historic winter-time tornadoes that occurred last 
year, back on February 25, 2017.

Previously, the tornado survey concluded that it had only touched 
down east of Hammond Pond in Goshen, with a path length of 0.14 
miles, a width of 10 yards, and a ranking of EF-0 on the Enhanced 
Fujita Scale. New evidence, which was unavailable/unaccessible at 
the time, shows that the tornado actually traveled northeast for 2.9 
miles in Goshen, with a maximum path width of 100 yards, and maximum 
wind speeds of 90 mph, which is a EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. 
It touched down at 718 PM and lifted at 721 PM, just briefly before 
touching down again in Conway, MA.

More specifically, the tornado touched down on Pine Road, just to 
the east of Hammond Pond. Several pine trees were snapped mid-way 
and two homes were damaged by trees falling onto them. A portion of 
Route 9 was closed between the Fire Station and the intersection 
with Route 112. There was significant tree damage on the southwest 
shore of Highland Lake, with numerous trees snapped half-way up from 
their bases and many uprooted. The tornado crossed Highland Lake and 
imagery indicated significant tree damage on the northeast side of 
Highland Lake from Camp Howe southward along Headquarters Road into 
the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) State Forest. 

In Conway, MA the damage path and EF-1 rating remains unchanged. But 
we have narrowed the time of occurrence there from 723 PM to 727 PM 
that evening. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Glenn Field, 
Warning Coordination Meteorologist at NWS-Norton at 508-622-3250, 
extension 223. 

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Field