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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Norman OK
819 AM CDT Sat May 20 2017

...Public Information Statement...

...NWS Damage Survey For 5/16/17 Tornado Event...

.Elk City Tornado...

Rating:                 EF2
Estimated Peak Wind:    125-135 mph
Path Length /statute/:  18 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   1000 yards
Fatalities:             1
Injuries:               unknown number

Start Date:             05/16/2017
Start Time:             06:46 PM CDT
Start Location:         3 WNW Carter / Beckham County / OK
Start Lat/Lon:          35.24 / -99.55

End Date:               05/16/2017
End Time:               07:18 PM CDT
End Location:           3 W Canute / Washita County / OK
End Lat/Lon:            35.41 / -99.33

The Elk City tornado initially touched down around 646 PM CDT
about 3 miles west-northwest of Carter in Beckham County, and
moved northeast producing tree and power line damage. One fatality
occurred in a vehicle as this tornado crossed State Highway 152
near State Highway 34. The tornado continued northeast producing
more tree and power line damage as well as damage to a few homes,
mobile homes and outbuildings, then moved across Elk City
Reservoir and subdivisions on the south side of Elk City on both
sides of State Highway 6. Continuing northeast, the tornado
crossed into Washita County southeast of Elk City and dissipated
less than one mile south of Interstate 40 about 3 miles west of
Canute around 718 PM. EF2 damage was observed in Beckham County
from 2.5 miles southwest of Elk City Reservoir into the south side
of Elk City. Preliminary estimates from Beckham County Emergency
Management indicate 8 businesses and over 200 homes were damaged
or destroyed by this tornado.

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 TO165 mph
EF4...Violent...166 TO 200mph

The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event and publication in
NWS Storm Data.


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