Damage Survey from Northeast Oklahoma

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TULSA OK
1226 PM CDT THU MAY 8 2008

…STORM DAMAGE SURVEY INFORMATION…

A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TEAM HAS INVESTIGATED THE
DAMAGE IN BROKEN ARROW FROM LAST EVENINGS STORMS AND
HAS DETERMINED THAT A BRIEF TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN
BROKEN ARROW JUST EAST OF THE INTERSECTION OF 71ST
STREET AND ASPEN.

THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN FOR LESS THAN A MINUTE AT 728 PM
NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF WALNUT AND IOLA STREETS AND
TRAVELED 0.3 OF A MILE…CROSSING 71 ST…AND DISSIPATING
AT THE END OF NORTH OAK COURT JUST NORTH OF 71 ST STREET.
THE PATH WIDTH WAS 50 YARDS. THE MAXIMUM ESTIMATED WINDS
WERE 75 MPH…MAKING THE TORNADO AN EF-0 ON THE ENHANCED
FUJITA SCALE.

THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE WAS TO A STORAGE BUILDING ON
THE WEST EDGE OF RHEMA BIBLE COLLEGE PROPERTY. THIS
BLOCK CONSTRUCTED BUILDING WAS ESSENTIALLY DESTROYED WHEN
WINDS ENTERED THE STRUCTURE…OVER PRESSURIZED IT…AND
BLEW MUCH OF THE NORTH WALL OUT. OTHER DAMAGE WAS LIMITED
TO VARIOUS DEGREES OF ROOF DAMAGE TO A BUSINESS AND A
SEVERAL RESIDENCES.

AN EYEWITNESS REPORTED THAT ROTATION IN THE CLOUD BASE
TIGHTENED AND INCREASED AS DEBRIS SWIRLED FROM THE
GROUND. THE SMALL DAMAGE PATH CORRELATES WELL WITH
A SMALL LOW-LEVEL CIRCULATION SIGNATURE TRACKED BY
THE TULSA WSR-88D IN INOLA.

OTHER TEAMS ARE IN THE FIELD INVESTIGATING A DAMAGE
AREA IN OKMULGEE COUNTY…A LOCATION JUST NORTHEAST
OF BROKEN ARROW WHERE A MEDIA CHASER REPORTED A POSSIBLE
BRIEF TOUCH DOWN…AND PATHS IN ROGERS AND MAYES COUNTIES
WHERE RADAR DATA SUGGESTED TORNADOES COULD HAVE OCCURRED.
A TEAM WILL ALSO GO TO SEQUOYAH AND CRAWFORD COUNTIES TO
INVESTIGATE REPORTS OF DAMAGE AND OR RADAR SIGNATURES.

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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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