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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TULSA OK
945 PM CDT FRI MAY 2 2008

…DAMAGE SURVEY INFORMATION FOR MAY 1ST AND 2ND STORMS…

SURVEY TEAMS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN TULSA
INVESTIGATED SEVERAL AREAS OF STORM DAMAGE TODAY FROM LAST NIGHT’S
AND THIS MORNING’S SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS. THE RESULTS ARE DETAILED
BELOW…

OSAGE COUNTY OK
A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN AT 838 PM ABOUT 9 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF
FAIRFAX AND LIFTED AT 912 PM ABOUT 8 MILES WEST-SOUTHWEST OF
PAWHUSKA. THE TORNADO WAS UP TO ABOUT 450 YARDS WIDE AT THE WIDEST
POINT THAT COULD BE DETERMINED BY THE SURVEY AND DAMAGED TWO
HOUSES…SNAPPED AND UPROOTED TREES…AND SNAPPED POWER POLES WITHIN
ITS 17 MILE LONG PATH. THE TORNADO WAS RATED EF-1 ON THE ENHANCED
FUJITA SCALE BASED ON THE DAMAGE TO TREES AND TO THE ROOFS OF THE
HOMES. SOME PORTIONS OF THE PATH OF THIS TORNADO WERE NOT REACHABLE
DUE TO THE RURAL TERRAIN AND GATED COUNTRY ROADS.

ANOTHER TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN AT 906 PM ABOUT 9 MILES SOUTHWEST OF
PAWHUSKA AND DISSIPATED AT 915 PM ABOUT 5.5 MILES WEST OF PAWHUSKA.
THE TORNADO WAS ESTIMATED TO BE 100 YARDS WIDE AND WAS ON THE GROUND
FOR ABOUT 5 MILES. THE TORNADO WAS RATED EF-0 ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA
SCALE BASED ON TREE DAMAGE.

VIDEO OF BOTH TORNADOES WAS TAKEN BY CHASERS AND SPOTTERS.

CREEK COUNTY OK
A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN AT 145 AM THIS MORNING ABOUT 1 MILE SOUTH OF
BRISTOW AND LIFTED AT 151 AM ABOUT 6.75 MILES EAST-NORTHEAST OF
BRISTOW. THE TORNADO WAS UP TO ABOUT 250 YARDS WIDE AND SNAPPED OR
UPROOTED TREES…SNAPPED POWER POLES…AND DESTROYED BARNS AND
OUTBUILDINGS ALONG ITS 7 MILE LONG PATH. THE TORNADO WAS RATED EF-0
ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE BASED ON THAT DAMAGE.

ROGERS / MAYES COUNTIES OK
A TORNADO DEVELOPED AT 303 AM THIS MORNING ABOUT 9.5 MILES EAST OF
CLAREMORE…ABOUT 1/2 MILE WEST OF THE ROGERS/MAYES COUNTY LINE JUST
NORTH OF HIGHWAY 20…AND DISSIPATED AT 315 AM ABOUT 5.5 MILES
NORTH-NORTHWEST OF PRYOR. THE TORNADO WAS UP TO ABOUT 500 YARDS WIDE
AND DAMAGED SEVERAL HOMES…SNAPPED OR UPROOTED NUMEROUS TREES…AND
DOWNED A NUMBER OF POWER POLES ALONG ITS 9 MILE LONG PATH. THE
TORNADO WAS RATED EF-1 ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE BASED ON DAMAGE
TO THE ROOFS OF HOMES…DAMAGE TO A MOBILE HOME…AND EXTENSIVE TREE
DAMAGE.

BENTON COUNTY AR
A VERY BROAD SWATH OF OUTFLOW WIND PRODUCED DAMAGE IN AND AROUND
SILOAM SPRINGS. NUMEROUS TREES WERE UPROOTED…HOMES WERE
DAMAGED…AND POWER POLES WERE DOWNED. DEBRIS AND DAMAGE WAS
ORIENTED ENTIRELY TO THE NORTH AND NORTHEAST WITH NO CONVERGENCE IN
THE DAMAGE OR DEBRIS FIELD OBSERVED. A LARGE TREE FELL ON THE WEST
SIDE OF A MOBILE HOME…CRUSHING IT…AND KILLING A 15 YEAR OLD GIRL.

A DAMAGE SURVEY WILL BE CONDUCTED IN PAWNEE COUNTY TOMORROW…WHERE
TWO OTHER TORNADOES WERE OBSERVED BY A NUMBER OF CHASERS AND
SPOTTERS.

WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIRECTORS AND
ASSISTANTS WHO ACCOMPANIED US IN VIEWING THE DAMAGE THAT OCCURRED IN
THEIR VARIOUS COUNTIES TODAY. WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE MEDIA
WHOSE CHASERS PROVIDED REAL-TIME VIDEO OF THE TORNADOES…WHICH
HELPED IN ANALYZING THE EVENT. IF YOU HAVE FURTHER INFORMATION…
INCLUDING VIDEO OR PHOTOS…OF THESE TORNADOES OR POSSIBLY
OTHERS…PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE 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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