Eastern Oklahoma Tornado Summary from 2008-04-10

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TULSA OK
345 PM CDT SAT APR 12 2008

…DAMAGE SURVEY RESULTS FROM WEDNESDAY EVENING THROUGH THURSDAY
MORNING STORMS…

A SURVEY TEAM INVESTIGATED STORM DAMAGE SOUTHEAST OF FAYETTEVILLE
ARKANSAS TODAY. DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A STRONG TORNADO. THE
TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ABOUT 5 MILES SOUTHEAST OF FAYETTEVILLE AT 550
AM AND LIFTED ABOUT 3.5 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF FAYETTEVILLE AT 553
AM. THE TORNADO MOVED NORTH-NORTHEAST AND WAS ABOUT 600 YARDS WIDE
AT ITS WIDEST POINT. IT TORE THE ROOF OFF OF A WOOD-FRAME HOUSE…
DAMAGED SEVERAL OTHER HOMES…AND SNAPPED OR UPROOTED NUMEROUS TREES
ALONG ITS 3 MILE LONG PATH. THE TORNADO WAS RATED EF-2 ON THE
ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE BASED ON THE DAMAGE TO THE HOMES AND TREES
WITH ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND GUSTS IN THE 115 MPH TO 125 MPH RANGE.

…SURVEYS CONDUCTED ON APRIL 11…
A SURVEY TEAM ASSESSED DAMAGE IN NORTHWESTERN SEQUOYAH COUNTY
OK…SOUTHERN ADAIR COUNTY OK…AND SOUTHWESTERN WASHINGTON COUNTY
AR ON APRIL 11TH. THE TEAM FOUND THREE TORNADO PATHS ASSOCIATED
WITH SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS THAT MOVED ACROSS THOSE COUNTIES EARLY
THURSDAY MORNING.

SEQUOYAH COUNTY
THE FIRST TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ABOUT 1 MILE EAST OF BOX…OR 6 MILES
NORTH-NORTHEAST OF VIAN…AT ABOUT 456 AM AND LIFTED ABOUT 2.5
MILES NORTHEAST OF BOX…OR 7 MILES NORTH-NORTHEAST OF VIAN…AT
ABOUT 457 AM. THE TORNADO WAS ABOUT 150 YARDS WIDE AND DAMAGED
NUMEROUS TREES WITHIN ITS 2 MILE LONG PATH. IT WAS RATED EF-0 ON
THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE BASED ON THAT TREE DAMAGE WITH ESTIMATED
MAXIMUM WIND SPEEDS OF 65 TO 75 MPH.

ADAIR COUNTY
THE SECOND TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ABOUT 5.5 MILES NORTH-NORTHWEST OF
BUNCH AT 515 AM AND LIFTED ABOUT 7 MILES NORTH OF BUNCH AT 517 AM.
THE TORNADO WAS ABOUT 300 YARDS WIDE AND DESTROYED 3 MOBILE
HOMES…SNAPPED OR UPROOTED NUMEROUS TREES…SNAPPED POWER
POLES…AND DESTROYED OUTBUILDINGS AND BARNS THROUGHOUT ITS 2.75
MILE LONG PATH. THE TORNADO WAS RATED EF-2 ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA
SCALE BASED ON THE MOBILE HOME AND TREE DAMAGE WITH ESTIMATED
MAXIMUM WIND SPEEDS OF ABOUT 115 MPH TO 125 MPH.

ADAIR OK/WASHINGTON AR
THE THIRD TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ABOUT 5.5 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF
STILLWELL IN ADAIR COUNTY OK AT 526 AM AND LIFTED ABOUT 4 MILES
SOUHWEST OF LINCOLN IN WASHINGTON COUNTY AR AT 533 AM. THE TORNADO
WAS ABOUT 400 YARDS WIDE AND DESTROYED 2 MOBILE HOMES…DAMAGED
SEVERAL WOOD-FRAME HOUSES…SEVERELY DAMAGED A CHICKEN HOUSE…
SNAPPED OR UPROOTED NUMEROUS TREES…SNAPPED POWER POLES…AND
DESTROYED A NUMBER OF OUTBUILDINGS AND BARNS THROUGHOUT ITS 9 MILE
LONG PATH. THE TORNADO WAS RATED EF-2 ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE
BASED ON DAMAGE TO THE MOBILE HOMES AND TREES WITH MAXIMUM
ESTIMATED WIND SPEEDS OF ABOUT 125 MPH TO 135 MPH.

…SURVEYS CONDUCTED ON APRIL 10TH…
A SURVEY TEAM CONDUCTED DAMAGE SURVEYS IN MCINTOSH COUNTY OK…
SEQUOYAH COUNTY OK…LE FLORE COUNTY OK…AND SEBASTIAN COUNTY AR
YESTERDAY. THE RESULTS ARE AS FOLLOWS…

MCINTOSH COUNTY OK
A MOBILE HOME WAS DESTROYED…A WOOD-FRAME HOUSE WAS DAMAGED…
SEVERAL TREES WERE UPROOTED OR SNAPPED…AND SHINGLES WERE REMOVED
FROM A BUILDING IN HANNA. THE DAMAGE WAS PRODUCED BY DOWNBURST
WIND GUSTS OF UP TO 70 TO 80 MPH. WIND-DRIVEN LARGE HAIL DAMAGED
BUILDINGS AND BROKE WINDOWS.

LE FLORE / SEQUOYAH COUNTIES
DOWNBURST WIND CAUSED A BROAD SWATH OF DAMAGE ACROSS NORTHERN LE
FLORE AND EASTERN SEQUOYAH COUNTIES. A WOOD-FRAME HOUSE IN
MULDROW LOST ITS ROOF…SEVERAL OTHER HOMES IN MULDROW SUSTAINED
STRUCTURAL ROOF DAMAGE…AND MANY MORE WERE DAMAGED. MOBILE HOMES
WERE SEVERELY DAMAGED. WIND GUSTS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS DAMAGE
WERE LIKELY IN THE 90 MPH TO 100 MPH RANGE. MANY OTHER HOMES AND
BUILDINGS RECEIVED MAJOR DAMAGE FROM WIND-DRIVEN LARGE HAIL.
TREES AND POWER LINES WERE DOWNED THROUGHOUT THIS SWATH AND MANY
BARNS AND OUTBUILDINGS WERE DESTROYED.

SEBASTIAN COUNTY AR
DOWNBURST WIND CAUSED A SWATH OF DAMAGE SOUTH OF EXCELSIOR.
SEVERAL HOMES WERE DAMAGE…BARNS WERE DESTROYED…AND TREES AND
POWER POLES WERE SNAPPED. FORT SMITH RECEIVED EXTENSIVE DAMAGE
FROM WIND-DRIVEN LARGE HAIL.

THERE IS AT LEAST 1 OTHER SUSPECTED TORNADO…OCCURRED NEAR LEQUIRE
IN HASKELL COUNTY OKLAHOMA…THAT STILL NEEDS TO BE INVESTIGATED BY
OUR OFFICE. IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS TORNADO OR
POSSIBLY OTHERS…PLEASE CONTACT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE
IN TULSA AT 800-722-2778.

$$

EJC

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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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