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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Hastings NE
802 AM CST Fri Dec 30 2016

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR CHRISTMAS DAY TORNADO EVENT...UDPATE #1

On Thursday, December 29, staff from the National Weather Service
(NWS) in Hastings surveyed additional reports of damage resulting
from the Christmas Day thunderstorms. From this survey, two more
tornadoes were confirmed to have occurred. This brings the total
number of tornadoes on Christmas Day 2016 in south central Nebraska
and north central Kansas to four. In addition to the additional
tornado locations, several other locations of damage were surveyed.
Damage at those sites was determined to be concurrent with thunderstorm
wind damage. No additional surveys will be conducted.

The last December tornado in Kansas was December 14, 2014 in Harper
County. Prior to that, two tornadoes occurred in Cherokee County on
December 18, 2002.

The last December tornadoes in Nebraska were on December 13, 1975 in
Thayer and Pawnee counties.

A statistical summary of all four tornadoes follows. More information
is also available on the National Weather Service Hastings website.

.TORNADO #1 - Northwest of Alton, Kansas...

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated peak wind:    85 mph
Path length /Statute/:  1.9 miles
Path width /Maximum/:   50 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start date:             12/25/16
Start time:             11:45 AM CST
Start location:         4.4 miles northwest of Alton Kansas
                        Osborne County
Start Lat/Lon:          39.5274N / -99.003W

End date:               12/25/16
End time:               11:48 CST
End location:           5.0 miles northwest of Alton Kansas
                        Osborne County
End_lat/lon:            39.503N / -99.0182W

.TORNADO #2 - Southeast of Funk, Nebraska...

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated peak wind:    100 mph
Path length /Statute/:  2.8 miles
Path width /Maximum/:   200 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start date:             12/25/2016
Start time:             11:50 AM
Start location:         2.8 miles south of Funk Nebraska
                        Phelps County
Start Lat/Lon:          40.4216N / -99.2467W

End date:               12/25/2016
End time:               11:53 AM
End location:           0.6 miles east southeast of Funk Nebraska
                        Phelps County
End_lat/lon:            40.4609N / -99.239W

.TORNADO #3 - Southeast of Minden, Nebraska...

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated peak wind:    75 mph
Path length /Statute/:  0.5 miles
Path width /Maximum/:   50 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start date:             12/25/2016
Start time:             12:17 PM
Start location:         7.0 miles southeast of Minden Nebraska
                        Kearney County
Start Lat/Lon:          40.4256N / -98.857W

End date:               12/25/2016
End time:               12:19 PM
End location:           6.8 miles southeast of Minden Nebraska
                        Kearney County
End_lat/lon:            40.4317N / -98.8519W

Summary: This tornado produced minor damage at a farmstead
southeast of Minden.

.TORNADO #4 - Northwest of Gibbon, Nebraska...

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated peak wind:    85 mph
Path length /Statute/:  4.2 miles
Path width /Maximum/:   50 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start date:             12/25/2016
Start time:             12:24 PM
Start location:         4.4 miles northwest of Gibbon Nebraska
                        Buffalo County
Start Lat/Lon:          40.7708N / -98.9236W

End date:               12/25/2016
End time:               12:28 PM
End location:           6.6 miles northwest of Gibbon Nebraska
                        Buffalo County
End_lat/lon:            40.8297N / -98.9054W

Summary: This tornado started just west of Ravenna road northwest
of Gibbon and upset a couple of center pivots before entering the
east end of Blue Sky Estates. One outbuilding was destroyed with
debris carried one-quarter mile north-northwest of the site. Aside
from the building destroyed, the tornado moved through an area of
the subdivision generally void of buildings or trees.

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 events and publication in
NWS Storm Data.

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