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Issued by NWS Amarillo, TX

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AMARILLO TX
1257 PM CDT TUE OCT 14 2014

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 10/09/14 TORNADO EVENT IN GRAY COUNTY...

A SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORM DEVELOPED NORTH OF AMARILLO BETWEEN 6:30 AND 7:00
PM CDT ON THURSDAY 10/09/14 AND TRACKED NORTHEASTWARD...GENERALLY ALONG U.S.
HIGHWAY 60 THROUGH THE EVENING HOURS. THIS STORM PRODUCED VERY LARGE HAIL UP
TO THE SIZE OF BASEBALLS AND AT LEAST ONE WEAK TORNADO.

A WEAK EF-1 TORNADO CAUSED INTERMITTENT DAMAGE ALONG A 7 MILE PATH FROM 4.2
MILES SOUTH OF KINGSMILL TO 3.8 MILES SOUTH SOUTHEAST OF PAMPA. THE TORNADO
SNAPPED SEVERAL WOODEN UTILITY POLES ALONG FARM TO MARKET ROAD 2300 BETWEEN
THE INTERSECTIONS OF COUNTY ROADS L AND N. THIS DISRUPTED ELECTRICAL SERVICE
TO SEVERAL HUNDRED CUSTOMERS. DAMAGE TO THESE UTILITY POLES IS INDICATIVE OF
WINDS BETWEEN 95 AND 100 MPH.

THE TORNADO CONTINUED ACROSS MOSTLY OPEN FIELDS TOWARD THE NORTHEAST...AND
CROSSED TEXAS HIGHWAY 70 APPROXIMATELY 3.7 MILES SOUTH OF PAMPA. SHORTLY
AFTER CROSSING HIGHWAY 70...THE TORNADO CAUSED DAMAGE TO THREE HOMESTEADS
ALONG FARM TO MARKET ROAD 749. THIS DAMAGE INCLUDED LOSS OF SHINGLES AND
PARTIAL ROOF UPLIFT OF A MANUFACTURED HOME. A CONCRETE ANCHORED PORCH WAS
DESTROYED AND METAL POLES BECAME PROJECTILES THAT ENTERED THE HOME. A LARGE
TREE WAS BLOWN ONTO THE ROOF OF A NEIGHBORING HOME RESULTING IN STRUCTURAL
DAMAGE. A FLAG POLE WAS BENT FROM THE WIND AND A SMALL OUTBUILDING WAS
DESTROYED. AS THE TORNADO MOVED INTO AN ADJACENT FIELD...SEVERAL ROUND BALES
OF HAY WERE BLOWN ABOUT IN VARIOUS DIRECTIONS. ONE BALE DAMAGED A FENCE AND
WAS DISPLACED UPWARDS OF ONE HALF MILE FROM ITS ORIGINAL LOCATION. DAMAGE
ALONG FARM TO MARKET ROAD 749 SOUTH OF THE INTERSECTION OF COUNTY ROAD I IS
INDICATIVE OF 75 TO 85 MPH WINDS AND A PATH WIDTH OF 125 YARDS WAS OBSERVED.

IN ADDITION...THE NWS RECEIVED NUMEROUS PHOTOS OF WELL DEVELOPED FUNNEL CLOUDS
THAT OCCURRED AROUND 8:15 PM CDT SOUTH OF WHITE DEER IN CARSON COUNTY. IT IS
POSSIBLE THAT BRIEF AND WEAK TORNADOES MAY HAVE ADDITIONALLY OCCURRED THERE...
BUT PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE SUGGESTING THESE WERE TORNADOES IS INCONCLUSIVE AND
LOCAL OFFICIALS HAVE FOUND NO EVIDENCE OF DAMAGE. THUS...NO TORNADOES HAVE BEEN
CONFIRMED IN CARSON COUNTY.

.4 MILES SOUTH OF KINGSMILL TO 4 MILES SOUTH SOUTHEAST OF PAMPA TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    95-100 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  6.5 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   125 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             OCT 09 2014
START TIME:             910 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         4 MILES SOUTH OF KINGSMILL TX
START LAT/LON:          35.4213/-101.0445

END DATE:               OCT 09 2014
END TIME:               922 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           4 MILES SOUTH SOUTHEAST OF PAMPA TX
END LAT/LON:            35.4845/-100.9467

EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO THE
FOLLOWING CATEGORIES.

EF0...WEAK......65 TO 85 MPH
EF1...WEAK......86 TO 110 MPH
EF2...STRONG....111 TO 135 MPH
EF3...STRONG....136 TO 165 MPH
EF4...VIOLENT...166 TO 200 MPH
EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH

NOTE:
THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN NWS
STORM DATA.

NWS AMARILLO WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE CITY OF PAMPA EMERGENCY MANAGER
FOR COLLABORATION SURVEY INFORMATION.

$$

LINDLEY







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