Update on Eastern Oklahoma Tornado Outbreak

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TULSA OK

940 PM CDT MON MAY 12 2008

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

…THIS INFORMATION MAY BE REVISED UPON FURTHER REVIEW…

…TORNADOES 7 AND 8 HAVE BEEN ADDED…TORNADO 4 REVISED….

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. …ESTIMATED WIND SPEEDS HAVE BEEN INCREASED AND DAMAGE PATH HAS BEEN CONNECTED TO THE PREVIOUS YANUSH TORNADO DAMAGE…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 125 TO 135 MPH. THE PATH LENGTH WAS APPROXIMATELY 22 MILES WITH A MAXIMUM WIDTH OF ONE THIRD MILE.

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 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.

7. A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN 2 MILES NORTH NORTHWEST OF SNOW AND LIFTED .8 MILES NORTH OF SNOW. PATH LENGTH WAS 1.5 MILES WITH A MAXIMUM WIDTH OF 200 YARDS. THE TORNADO WAS RATED EF1 BASED ON TREE DAMAGE.

8. A TORNADO OCCURRED IN ATOKA COUNTY 3 MILES NORTHEAST OF DAISY AND LIFTED 2.75 MILES WEST SOUTHWEST OF ADEL IN PUSHMATAHA COUNTY. THE TORNADO WAS RATED EF2 AND HAD A 3.5 MILE LONG TRACK WITH A MAXIMUM WIDTH OF 100 YARDS.

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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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