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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
305 PM CDT MON MAR 31 2008

…RESULTS OF TORNADO DAMAGE SURVEY IN NW OKLAHOMA CITY…

METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE CAUSED BY AN EARLY MORNING TORNADO
THAT STRUCK NORTHWEST OKLAHOMA CITY ON MONDAY MARCH 31. HERE IS A
SUMMARY OF THE FINDINGS…WHICH ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

EF SCALE RATING — EF-1
PATH LENGTH — MAIN DAMAGE PATH ONE THIRD OF A MILE
PATH WIDTH — 50 TO 100 YARDS
TIME — APPROXIMATELY 139 AM CDT

THE TORNADO APPEARED TO HAVE DEVELOPED NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF NW
178TH AND PENNSYLVANIA AT APPROXIMATELY 139 AM. THE TORNADO CAUSED
MOST OF ITS DAMAGE IN THE VALENCIA NEIGHBORHOOD. IT WAS HERE THAT
MANY HOMES SUSTAINED ROOF…WINDOW…GARAGE DOOR AND FENCE DAMAGE.
ONE HOME SUSTAINED ESPECIALLY HEAVY DAMAGE…WITH A LARGE PORTION OF
THE ROOF BEING LOST AND EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO THE INSIDE OF THE HOME.
THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST AND APPEARED TO HAVE DISSIPATED JUST
NORTHEAST OF THE SUBDIVISION…WHERE SOME TREE DAMAGE WAS NOTED.

AFTER A GAP…ADDITIONAL DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED NEAR THE INTERSECTION
OF NW 192ND AND WESTERN…WHERE SEVERAL LARGE POWER TRANSMISSION
POLES WERE BLOWN DOWN…AND SOME FENCE DAMAGE WAS ALSO OBSERVED.
WHILE THERE WAS NOT A CONTINUOUS DAMAGE PATH BETWEEN THE TWO DAMAGE
SITES…THEY DO APPEAR TO BE IN LINE WITH THE STORM’S PATH.

THE TORNADO IS RATED AS AN EF-1 ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE…AND
BASED ON THE ONE HOME THAT SUSTAINED THE MOST SEVERE DAMAGE IT WAS
LIKELY TOWARD THE HIGHER END OF THE EF-1 CATEGORY. EF-1 TORNADO
DAMAGE IS ASSOCIATED WITH WIND SPEEDS IN THE 86 TO 110 MPH RANGE.

SPECIAL THANKS TO KIEL ORTEGA…AND TO EDMOND…OKLAHOMA CITY AND
OKLAHOMA COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE WITH THE
SURVEY.

$$

SMITH/ORTEGA

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