Oklahoma Damage Survey from 2008-05-10

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TULSA OK
903 PM CDT SUN MAY 11 2008

…PRELIMINARY STORM DAMAGE SURVEY INFORMATION FROM THE MAY
10TH TORNADO OUTBREAK…

…THIS INFORMATION MAY BE REVISED UPON FURTHER REVIEW…

1. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT TORNADO THAT OCCURRED ON MAY 10TH IN
THE TULSA COUNTY WARNING AREA TOUCHED DOWN 2.5 MILES SOUTHWEST OF
CHETOPA KANSAS NEAR THE OKLAHOMA…KANSAS BORDER. THE TORNADO
CONTINUED EASTWARD INTO THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE TOWN OF
PICHER WHERE EXTENSIVE AND WIDESPREAD DAMAGE OCCURRED TO NUMEROUS
RESIDENTIAL STRUCTURES. AT LEAST 6 FATALITIES OCCURRED IN PICHER
AND BASED ON THE STRUCTURAL DAMAGE IN THIS AREA THE TORNADO IS
RATED AN EF4 ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE WITH WINDS ESTIMATED AT
165 TO 175 MPH. THE TORNADO CONTINUED SOUTHEAST ACROSS THE
NORTHERN EDGE OF THE CITY OF QUAPAW…THEN CROSSED INTERSTATE 44
NEAR MILE MARKER 325. THE TORNADO THEN MOVED INTO SOUTHWEST
MISSOURI…3 MILES NORTHEAST OF PEORIA. THE TORNADO TRACK LENGTH
IN NORTHEAST OKLAHOMA WAS APPROXIMATELY 29 MILES WITH A MAXIMUM
WIDTH OF ONE MILE.

2. A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN 4.5 MILES SOUTHWEST OF DOWNTOWN
BENTONVILLE AT APPROXIMATELY 6:35 PM SATURDAY AND LIFTED 3.8 MILES
SOUTH SOUTHEAST OF DOWNTOWN BENTONVILLE. PATH LENGTH WAS 1.50
MILES WITH A MAXIMUM WIDTH OF 100 YARDS. WIND SPEEDS ARE ESTIMATED
AT 100 MPH…GIVING THIS A RATING OF EF1. PRIMARY DAMAGE WAS TO A
SCHOOL WHERE PART OF THE ROOF WAS BLOWN OFF.

3. A TORNADO WAS OBSERVED AT 5:17 PM SATURDAY…APPROXIMATELY 3
MILES SOUTH OF CROWDER IN PITTSBURG COUNTY. THIS TORNADO BRIEFLY
TOUCHED DOWN ON LAKE EUFAULA. THERE WAS NO SIGNIFICANT PATH AND NO
DAMAGE. THIS TORNADO WILL BE RATED EF0.

4. A TORNADO OCCURRED 7 MILES SOUTHWEST OF HARTSHORNE IN PITTSBURG
COUNTY…AT APPROXIMATELY 5:30 PM SATURDAY. THE TORNADO WAS RATED
EF2 WITH MAXIMUM WIND SPEEDS OF 110 TO 120 MPH. THE PATH LENGTH
HAS YET TO BE DETERMINED. MAXIMUM WIDTH WAS 150 YARDS WIDE.

5. A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN 4 MILES WEST NORTHWEST OF HAYWOOD IN
PITTSBURG COUNTY AND LIFTED 6 MILES EAST NORTHEAST OF HAYWOOD. THE
TORNADO WAS RATED AN EF2 WITH WINDS BETWEEN 120 TO 130 MPH. THE
TORNADO TRACK WAS 10 MILES LONG AND 200 YARDS WIDE AT ITS WIDEST
POINT.

6. A TORNADO OCCURRED NEAR YANUSH IN LATIMER COUNTY AT APPROXIMATELY
615 PM ON SATURDAY. THIS TORNADO HAS YET TO BE RATED AND MORE
INFORMATION WILL BE PROVIDED WHEN AVAILABLE.

7. A TORNADO WAS OBSERVED BRIEFLY TOUCHING DOWN NEAR WATALULA IN
FRANKLIN COUNTY ARKANSAS AROUND 8:00 PM SATURDAY. NO DAMAGE WAS
REPORTED AND THIS TORNADO WAS RATED EF0.

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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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