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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HASTINGS NE
256 PM CDT FRI MAY 8 2015

...MULTIPLE TORNADOES STRIKE PORTIONS OF SOUTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA AND
NORTH CENTRAL KANSAS ON WEDNESDAY MAY 6TH...

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)
5.5 TO 4.5 MILES WEST-SOUTHWEST OF IONIA, JEWELL COUNTY, KANSAS

ESTIMATED TIME...3:31 PM TO 3:34 PM
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF-0
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...75 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...25 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...1 MILE

...SUMMARY...
THIS TORNADO WAS REPORTED BY AN OFF DUTY NWS EMPLOYEE...NO DAMAGE
OCCURRED.

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...TORNADO 2...

LOCATION (CITY, COUNTY, STATE)
8 MILES WEST OF MANKATO TO 5.5 MILES NORTH-NORTHEAST OF BURR OAK,
JEWELL COUNTY, KANSAS

ESTIMATED TIME...3:55 PM TO 4:21 PM
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF-2
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...130 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...350 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...12.8 MILES
INJURY...1

...SUMMARY...
THIS TORNADO STARTED WEST OF MANKATO...TRAVELING NORTH AND
PASSING APPROXIMATELY 1 MILE TO THE WEST OF BURR OAK. ONE WOMAN
WAS INJURED AT HER HOME APPROXIMATELY 4 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF
BURR OAK. ALONG THE PATH OF THIS TORNADO...AT LEAST 4 HOMES
SUSTAINED DAMAGE INCLUDING ROOF/WINDOW/SIDING DAMAGE...WITH 1 HOME
LOSING A LARGE SECTION OF ITS ROOF. TREES WERE
DAMAGED...OUTBUILDINGS AND GRAIN BINS WERE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.

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...TORNADO 3...

LOCATION (CITY, COUNTY, STATE)
2.5 MILES SOUTH TO 1.5 MILES NORTH-NORTHEAST OF ROSELAND, ADAMS
COUNTY, NEBRASKA

ESTIMATED TIME...4:18 PM TO 4:28 PM
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF-1
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...110 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...100 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...3.85 MILES

...SUMMARY...
THE MOST WIDESPREAD DAMAGE FROM THIS TORNADO WAS ON THE EAST SIDE
OF ROSELAND. WHILE SEVERAL HOMES SUSTAINED DAMAGE...TWO HOMES
SUSTAINED CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE. ONE OF THOSE HOMES SLID FROM ITS
FOUNDATION AND ANOTHER LOST ITS ENTIRE ROOF STRUCTURE. A LARGE
METAL BUILDING WITH WOOD POST FRAME CONSTRUCTION WAS DESTROYED AND
TREE DAMAGE WAS WIDESPREAD THROUGHOUT TOWN. THE TORNADO TRAVELED
JUST A FEW HUNDRED FEET EAST OF SILVER LAKE SCHOOL.

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...TORNADO 4...

LOCATION (CITY, COUNTY, STATE)
3.5 MILES WEST-NORTHWEST OF WEBBER, JEWELL COUNTY, KANSAS TO 5 MILES
NORTHWEST OF DESHLER, THAYER COUNTY, NEBRASKA

ESTIMATED TIME...4:48 PM TO UNKNOWN AT THIS TIME
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF-2
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...122 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...400 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...20.6 MILES

...SUMMARY...
THIS TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN WEST-NORTHWEST OF WEBBER IN JEWELL COUNTY
KANSAS...TRAVELING NORTHEAST THROUGH THE VERY NORTHWEST CORNER OF
REPUBLIC COUNTY KANSAS BEFORE ENTERING NEBRASKA NEAR THE TOWN OF
HARDY IN NUCKOLLS COUNTY. IT CONTINUED TRAVELING NORTHEAST INTO
THAYER COUNTY...LIFTING NORTHWEST OF DESHLER.

DAMAGE ALONG THIS TORNADO PATH INCLUDED NUMEROUS PIVOTS OVERTURNED
AND SNAPPED POWER POLES. A LARGE AMOUNT OF TREE DAMAGE WAS NOTED.
THIS TORNADO CROSSED THE FAR SOUTHEASTERN PORTION OF THE TOWN OF
HARDY...CAUSING TREE AND MINOR BUILDING DAMAGE. SEVERAL OUTBUILDINGS
AND GRAIN BINS ALONG THE PATH WERE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED...WITH A
COUPLE HOMES LOSING PORTIONS OF THEIR ROOFS.

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...TORNADO 5...

LOCATION (CITY, COUNTY, STATE)
2.5 MILES SOUTHEAST TO 3.5 MILES NORTHEAST OF FORMOSO, JEWELL
COUNTY, KANSAS

ESTIMATED TIME...4:54 PM TO 5:04 PM
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF-1
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...110 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...250 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...4.37 MILES

...SUMMARY...
A HOME ALONG THIS PATH SUSTAINED ROOF/WINDOW/SIDING DAMAGE...WITH AN
OUTBUILDING DESTROYED. TREE AND POWER DAMAGE WAS ALSO NOTED ALONG
THE PATH.

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...TORNADO 6...

LOCATION (CITY, COUNTY, STATE)
4.5 MILES SOUTHEAST TO 5.5 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF RANDALL, JEWELL
COUNTY, KANSAS

ESTIMATED TIME...5:04 PM TO 5:10 PM
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF-1
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...90 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...60 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...3.13 MILES

...SUMMARY...
DAMAGE FROM THIS TORNADO WAS CONFINED TO TREES. THE PATH WAS DETERMINED
FROM VIDEO AND EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS.

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...TORNADO 7...

LOCATION (CITY, COUNTY, STATE)
1 MILE NORTHWEST TO 1 MILE NORTH OF BYRON, THAYER COUNTY, NEBRASKA

ESTIMATED TIME...5:28 PM TO 5:31 PM
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF-0
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...80 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...30 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...1.12 MILES

...SUMMARY...
NO DAMAGE WAS REPORTED WITH THIS TORNADO. THE PATH WAS DETERMINED FROM
VIDEO AND RADAR INFORMATION.

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...TORNADO 8...

LOCATION (CITY, COUNTY, STATE)
3 MILES WEST OF GRAND ISLAND, HALL COUNTY, NEBRASKA

ESTIMATED TIME...5:45 PM
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF-0
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...75 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...25 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...BRIEF TOUCHDOWN

...SUMMARY...
THIS TORNADO WAS REPORTED BY A TRAINED SPOTTER...NO DAMAGE OCCURRED.

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...TORNADO 9...

LOCATION (CITY, COUNTY, STATE)
2 WEST-SOUTHWEST OF CHESTER TO 3 MILES SOUTHEAST OF HEBRON, THAYER
COUNTY, NEBRASKA

THIS PATH IS A CONTINUATION OF A TORNADO WHICH STARTED IN REPUBLIC
COUNTY, KANSAS IN THE COURTLAND/SCANDIA AREA.

ESTIMATED TIME IN NEBRASKA...6:04 PM TO 6:19 PM
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF-2 (EF-1 IN NEBRASKA)
THE EF-2 DAMAGE WAS NOTED IN REPUBLIC COUNTY KANSAS. EF-1 DAMAGE
WAS NOTED IN THE THAYER COUNTY PORTION. SINCE IT WAS ONE CONTINUOUS
TORNADO...THE ENTIRE TORNADO IS RATED AN EF-2.
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...120 MPH (STRONGEST IN KANSAS)
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...800 YARDS (WIDEST IN KANSAS)
PATH LENGTH...APPROXIMATELY 37 MILES (26 IN KANSAS, 11 IN NEBRASKA)

...SUMMARY...
IN THE THAYER COUNTY, NEBRASKA PORTION OF THIS TORNADO PATH...TREES
WERE DAMAGED AND PIVOTS OVERTURNED. A HOME SOUTHEAST OF HEBRON HAD
ITS ROOF PARTIALLY TORN OFF. THIS TORNADO CROSSED HIGHWAY 81
APPROXIMATELY 6 MILES SOUTH OF HEBRON.

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...TORNADO 10...

LOCATION (CITY, COUNTY, STATE)
4 MILES SOUTHWEST TO 3 MILES WEST OF CARLETON, THAYER COUNTY,
NEBRASKA

ESTIMATED TIME...UNKNOWN AT THIS TIME
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF-0
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...80 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...100 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...1.8 MILES

...SUMMARY...
DAMAGE FROM THIS TORNADO INCLUDED OVERTURNED TRAIN CAR WEST OF
CARLETON. IRRIGATION PIVOTS WERE ALSO OVERTURNED IN THE AREA.

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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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