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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HASTINGS NE
515 PM CDT THU JUN 4 2015

...THREE TORNADOES IN THE TIPTON AREA ON JUNE 3....

STAFF FROM NWS HASTINGS VIEWED TORNADO DAMAGE IN THE TIPTON,
KANSAS AREA. A TOTAL OF THREE TORNADOES WERE CONFIRMED FROM A
STORM SURVEY. A 4TH TORNADO WAS REPORTED 4 MILES SOUTHEAST OF
TIPTON BUT NO DAMAGE COULD BE FOUND IN THAT GENERAL AREA.

TIMES WERE DETERMINED FROM A COMBINATION OF CONVERSATIONS WITH
RESIDENTS...SEVERAL OF WHOM REFERENCED CELL PHONE NOTIFICATIONS
THEY RECEIVED, AND RADAR DATA. THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT
IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE
EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN NWS STORM DATA.

NWS HASTINGS WISHES TO THANK EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT...FIRE
DEPARTMENTS...LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE PUBLIC FOR THEIR
ASSISTANCE IN GATHERING INFORMATION ABOUT THIS EVENT.

...TORNADO #1...

LOCATION (CITY, COUNTY, STATE)...
2.9 MILES WEST OF TIPTON TO 1.8 MILES WEST OF TIPTON, OSBORNE
COUNTY, KANSAS

DATE...JUNE 3, 2015
ESTIMATED TIME...10:15 PM TO 10:20 PM
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF-1
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...100
MPH MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...125 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...1.1 MILES

...SUMMARY...
THIS TORNADO SET DOWN ON THE CURVE ABOUT 3 MILES WEST OF
TIPTON...AND MOVED SOUTHEAST BRIEFLY BEFORE TURNING MORE
EASTERLY IN DIRECTION AND LIFTING A LITTLE OVER ONE MILE
LATER. A FARMSTEAD NEAR THE POINT OF TOUCHDOWN HAD SEVERAL
OUTBUILDINGS DESTROYED OR HEAVILY DAMAGED...WHILE TREE LIMBS
WERE DAMAGED ALONG THE REST OF THE PATH. NO ONE WAS LIVING
AT THE FIRST FARMSTEAD HIT BY THE TORNADO.

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...TORNADO #2...

LOCATION (CITY, COUNTY, STATE)...
1.2 MILES WEST NORTHWEST OF TIPTON TO 2.4 MILES WEST OF TIPTON,
OSBORNE COUNTY, KANSAS

DATE...JUNE 3, 2015
ESTIMATED TIME...10:17 PM TO 10:24 PM
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF-1
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...95 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...100 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...1.25 MILES

...SUMMARY...
THIS TORNADO APPARENTLY MOVED WEST...AND BEGAN WITH DAMAGE TO A
SILO AND LARGE METAL BUILDING. ON ITS TREK...THE TORNADO TOSSED
GRAIN BIN DEBRIS ABOUT THREE QUARTERS OF A MILE. THE TORNADO
NARROWLY MISSED A NEW HOME...BUT DID DO DAMAGE TO A VACANT HOME ON
THE SAME PROPERTY. THE TORNADO APPEARED TO LIFT IN A FIELD WEST OF
THE FARMSTEAD.

THE MOVEMENT OF TORNADO #1 AND TORNADO #2 SUGGESTED THE PARENT
MESOCYCLONE ASSOCIATED WITH THE SUPERCELL WAS NEAR THE GROUND AND
THESE TWO TORNADOES WERE ROTATING WITHIN THAT CIRCULATION... ONE
TO THE EAST AND SECOND TORNADO TO THE WEST. NO OBVIOUS CONNECTION
COULD BE MADE BETWEEN THE TWO IN THE MIDDLE.

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...TORNADO #3...

LOCATION (CITY, COUNTY, STATE)...
1.6 MILES EAST SOUTHEAST OF TIPTON TO 1.9 MILES EAST SOUTHEAST OF
TIPTON, MITCHELL COUNTY, KANSAS

DATE...JUNE 3, 2015
ESTIMATED TIME...10:28 PM TO 10:31 PM
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF-0
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...75 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...25 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...0.25 MILES

...SUMMARY...
THIS WAS A BRIEF TORNADO WHICH TOPPLED AN EMPTY GRAIN
BIN...TOPPED AN ELM TREE AND KNOCKED OVER A METAL TV ANTENNA
BEFORE LIFTING ABOUT A QUARTER MILE EAST OF ITS START POINT.

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

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