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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Amarillo TX
514 PM CDT Wed May 17 2017

...NWS Damage Survey for 05/16/17 Wheeler County Tornadoes...

.Tornado #1: Lela 6 NNW Tornado...

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    90 mph
Path Length /Statute/:  0.25 miles
Path Width /Maximum/:   50 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             May 16th, 2017
Start Time:             5:16 PM CDT
Start Location:         6 NNW Lela
Start Lat/Lon:          35.31/-100.38

End Date:               May 16th, 2017
End Time:               5:17 PM CDT
End Location:           6 NNW Lela
Lat/Lion:               35.31/-100.38

Brief tornado touched down and cause tree damage and damage to a
powerline off of county road 9 in rural Wheeler County.

.Tornado #2: Wheeler Tornado...

Rating:                 EF-2
Estimated Peak Wind:    130 mph
Path Length /Statute/:  9.1 miles
Path Width /Maximum/:   1250 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             May 16th, 2017
Start Time:             5:25 PM CDT
Start Location:         5 SSW Wheeler
Start Lat/Lon:          35.37/-100.29

End Date:               May 16th, 2017
End Time:               5:44 PM CDT
End Location:           6 ENE Wheeler
Lat/Lion:               35.46/-100.17

Tornado started 5 SSW of Wheeler over the North Fork of the Red
River. The tornado caused significant tree damage including
snapping of many trunks and uprooting of several trees before
impacting a farm 4 SSW of Wheeler. A doublewide mobile home was
completely destroyed with debris removed from the foundation
hundreds of yards. The understructures of the double wide were
found 100-150 yards away and were significantly damaged. Several
other properties were damaged including multiple areas with large
numbers of power lines snapped near their base. A cotton stripper
was laid on its side and a truck was tossed nearly 200 yards. A
horse trailer was lofted from a farm SE of Wheeler and had not yet
been found. The tornado continued to do tree damage and sporadic
damage to holding tanks and oil equipment before lifting 6 ENE of

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

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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