Damage Survey from Oklahoma City’s Tornado on 20070329

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT…CORRECTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
310 PM CDT FRI MAR 30 2007

…OKLAHOMA CITY TORNADO RATED AS EF2…

METEOROLOGISTS CONDUCTED A GROUND SURVEY OF THE TORNADO DAMAGE IN
WESTERN OKLAHOMA CITY THAT OCCURRED THURSDAY AFTERNOON. HERE ARE THE PRELIMINARY RESULTS OF THE SURVEY.

THE TORNADO APPEARED TO DEVELOP AROUND 405 PM NEAR THE INTERSECTION
OF NW 39TH AND SARA ROAD IN OKLAHOMA CITY…AND MOVED NORTHEAST. IN
THIS AREA SEVERAL HOMES SUFFERED ROOF AND GARAGE DOOR DAMAGE.

THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTH ALONG AND JUST WEST OF THE KILPATRICK
TURNPIKE. THE PATH DID NOT APPEAR TO BE CONTINUOUS…WITH GAPS NOTED
IN THE SWATH OF DAMAGE.

SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE WAS NOTED ALONG NW 63RD…WHERE A HOME WAS
HEAVILY DAMAGED…SEVERAL TRAVEL TRAILERS AND A BOAT WERE ROLLED AND
DAMAGED…AND VEHICLES WERE PUSHED BY THE WIND.

SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE WAS ALSO NOTED ALONG WILSHIRE BLVD…JUST WEST OF
THE KILPATRICK TURNPIKE. IN THIS AREA A TRAVEL TRAILER WAS
DESTROYED…WITH ADDITIONAL DAMAGE TO A HOME AND SEVERAL
OUTBUILDINGS. IN ADDITION…SEVERAL HARDWOOD TREES WERE
SNAPPED…INDICATIVE OF EF2 DAMAGE.

THE TORNADO APPEARED TO HAVE BEEN AT ITS WIDEST TOWARD THE END OF
ITS PATH ALONG MORGAN ROAD JUST NORTH OF NW 122ND…AND IT WAS AT
THIS POINT ALONG THE PATH WHERE THE INTENSITY APPEARED TO HAVE BEEN
AT ITS HIGHEST. SEVERAL HOMES SUSTAINED SIGNIFICANT ROOF AND SIDING
DAMAGE AND SEVERAL WOODEN POWER POLES WERE SNAPPED. A METAL BUILDING
WAS SEVERELY DAMAGED. JUST TO THE EAST OF THIS LOCATION…THREE
LARGE ELECTRICAL TRANSMISSION TOWERS WERE DAMAGED.

SPOTTY LIGHT DAMAGE CONTINUED A LITTLE FURTHER NORTH BEFORE THE
TORNADO APPEARED TO HAVE DISSIPATED…LIKELY BETWEEN 420 PM AND 425
PM. TOTAL PATH LENGTH IS ESTIMATED TO BE APPROXIMATELY 6 MILES.

THE DAMAGE TO THE ELECTRICAL TRANSMISSION TOWERS…WOODEN POWER
POLES…METAL BUILDINGS AND HOMES…IN ADDITION TO THE SNAPPED TREES
AT THE NW 63RD LOCATION…IS CONSISTENT WITH EF2 DAMAGE ON THE
ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE…LIKELY TOWARD THE HIGHER END OF THE SCALE.
WIND SPEEDS ASSOCIATED WITH EF2 DAMAGE MAY RANGE FROM 111 TO 135 MPH.

SPECIAL THANKS TO KEVIN MANROSS WITH THE NATIONAL SEVERE STORMS
LABORATORY…AND TO JUSTIN ADAMS AND BRIAN STANALAND WITH OKLAHOMA
CITY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE WITH TODAY’S SURVEY.

MORE DETAILS CONCERNING THE DAMAGE SURVEY RESULTS WILL BE AVAILABLE
ON OUR WEB PAGE AT WEATHER.GOV/NORMAN.

$$

SMITH/MANROSS

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Putnam has been storm chasing since 1990 and is a co-founder of Hook-Echo.com. For his day job, Putnam works in emergency management for information technology.
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