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Scratch that. It was a twister!

Posted: Monday, Jul 14th, 2014

Warning Coordination Meteorologist Faith Borden and Emergency Response Specialist/Incident Meteorologist Julia Rutherford (right) from the National Weather Service in Charleston, spent the day assessing the damage to Taylor County caused by Tuesday’s storm.

GRAFTON – In the epic movie Twister, Bill and Jo are in the center of a tornado, staring up at the sky, with their bodies dangling, in mid air. Their terror turns to fear, and then to amazement. The gorgeous funneling cloud of black rubble swirls around them, and then, it is gone.

Some residents in Taylor County experienced the same “feeling” of terror for a short while, Tuesday.

In the last issue of the Mountain Statesman, there had been no confirmed sightings of a tornado touching down in Taylor County.

Then, on Wednesday, Taylor County Emergency Squad Paramedic Mark Knotts contacted Warning Coordination Meteorologist Faith Borden at the National Weather Center in Charleston.

After returning to Charleston and implementing all of the data, late Friday night the NWS posted that the tornado had estimated maximum wind speeds of 100 mph with a path of 150 yards, traveled four and a half miles, and it was rated an EF -1.

For the complete article see the 07-14-2014 issue.

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