UPDATED: NWS confirms weak EF0 Tornado moved into Woods Hole Monday morning

Woods Hole

CAPE COD – Tornado warnings were issued for southwestern Barnstable County Monday morning. A waterspout was confirmed near Woods Hole at 9:50 AM. Woods Hole Passage reported a 65 MPH wind gust. Falmouth Schools reported: Due to a tornado warning, all students in Falmouth Public Schools have been moved to interior spaces at ground level and are safely sheltering in place.

Falmouth Police/CWN

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Boston/Norton MA
454 PM EDT Mon Oct 29 2018

…NWS damage survey for 10/29/18 tornado event…

.EF0 tornado confirmed in woods hole ma…

Start location…Woods Hole in Barnstable County MA
End location…Woods Hole in Barnstable County MA
Estimated time…958 AM EDT
Maximum ef-scale rating…ef0
Estimated maximum wind speed…60-65 MPH
Maximum path width…10 yards
Path length…0.1 miles
Beginning lat/lon…41.5303n / 70.6680w
Ending lat/lon…41.5303n / 70.6680w
* fatalities…0
* injuries…0


A national weather service storm survey concluded that a waterspout in vineyard sound came ashore in woods hole ma and then quickly dissipated. Eyewitness reports at the Woods Hole Golf Club indicated four large wooden chairs were lofted into the air, swirled around and were thrown 500 feet away onto a tennis court. There was no other damage. at the same time, two nearby weather stations reported wind gusts of 56 mph and 65 mph.

The National Weather Service would like to thank the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, Falmouth Fire Department, and Skywarn amateur radio operators for their assistance.

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.

Deputy Smith Falmouth Fire-Rescue/CWN

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