Storm Survey of The Salisbury Tornado on August 7

 (Photo credit: Erin Shea Lynch)

(Photo credit: Erin Shea Lynch)

Short lived EF-1 and EF 2 tornadoes are very hard to warn for, since they usually dissipate by the time a warning can be issued. This is why you should take severe thunderstorm warnings seriously. Below is the storm survey from the NWS in Wakefield Va.

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Wakefield VA
219 PM EDT Tue Aug 8, 2017

…Tornado Confirmed Near Salisbury in Wicomico County MD…

Location…Salisbury in Wicomico County MD
Date…August 7, 2017
Estimated Time…140 PM EDT 
Maximum EF- Scale Rating…EF1 
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed…105 mph 
Maximum Path Width…100 – 150 yards 
Path Length…1.5 mile
* Fatalities…0
* Injuries…0

* The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event(s) and publication in
NWS Storm Data.

…Summary…
The National Weather Service in Wakefield VA has confirmed a
tornado near Salisbury in Wicomico County MD on August 7, 2017.

The EF1 tornado tracked quickly across the south side of Salisbury, 
MD around 140 pm August 7, 2017. The tornado initially touched down
near Salisbury University along Highway 13 and Dogwood Dr damaging
several businesses. The tornado struck a strip mall along highway 13 
tossing vehicles around in the parking lot and causing minor damage
nearby buildings. A concrete building in the area collapsed due two
bay doors on the building being open. Wind entered the structure
causing it to collapse. It was in this area near the University
where the tornado was most intense, at the time of initial
touchdown.

The tornado tracked northeast across East Salisbury University 
crossing Bateman St and E. College Dr before damaging a home on 
Rogers St. The tornado lifted off the ground before it could cross 
Highway 12 (Snow Hill Rd) near the Elks Club Golf Course. The total 
path length was one and a half mile with a path width of 100 to 150 
yards.