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Issued by NWS Amarillo, TX

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...CORRECTED START AND STOP TIMES
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AMARILLO TX
621 PM CDT MON MAY 18 2015

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 05/16/15...

.OVERVIEW...A VIGOROUS UPPER LEVEL STORM SYSTEM GENERATE SEVERAL
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS THE TEXAS AND OKLAHOMA PANHANDLES ON
SATURDAY MAY 16TH. ONE SUPERCELL STORM...WHICH MOVED INTO DONLEY
COUNTY AROUND 130 PM...SPAWNED THREE TORNADOES AS IT TRACKED
NORTHEAST ACROSS DONLEY...COLLINGSWORTH...AND WHEELER COUNTIES.
DAMAGE WAS MOSTLY TO BARNS..TREES AND POWER POLES ACROSS RURAL
SECTIONS OF THESE COUNTIES...HOWEVER ONE HOME SUSTAINED SIGNIFICANT
ROOF DAMAGE NORTH OF HEDLEY. ISOLATED EF1 DAMAGE OCCURRED IN TWO
TORNADOES...OTHERWISE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A EF0 TORNADO FOR
MOST OF THE PATHS.

.TORNADO 1...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    100 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  8.8 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   150 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             MAY 16 2015
START TIME:             220 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         5 W HEDLEY / DONLEY COUNTY / TX
START LAT/LON:          34.8730 / -100.7414

END DATE:               MAY 16 2015
END TIME:               238 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           6.5 N HEDLEY / DONLEY COUNTY / TX
END LAT/LON:            34.9612 / -100.6346

SURVEY_SUMMARY: EXACT LOCATION AND TIMES OF BEGINING AND ENDING
POINTS OF THE TORNADO ARE ESTIMATED USING SPOTTER REPORTS...
RADAR...AND SURVEY RESULTS AS END POINT LOCATIONS WERE NOT
ACCESSIBLE TO THE SURVEY TEAM. MOST DAMAGE WAS EF0 ALONG THE
PATH...HOWEVER ISOLATED EF1 DAMAGE OCCURRED AT A RESIDENCE WHICH
SUSTAINED SIGNIFICANT ROOF DAMAGE. THERE WERE ALSO SEVERAL LARGE
TREES WITH SNAPPED TRUCKS NEAR THE PROPERTY.

.TORNADO 2...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    98 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  23 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   100 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             MAY 16 2015
START TIME:             240 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         5.7 NE HEDLEY / DONLEY COUNTY / TX
START LAT/LON:          34.9486 / -100.6218

END DATE:               MAY 16 2015
END TIME:               311 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           5.7 WSW SHAMROCK / COLLINGSWORTH COUNTY / TX
END LAT/LON:            35.1820 / -100.3423

SURVEY_SUMMARY: THIS WAS THE SECOND TORNADO TO CYCLE FROM SAME PARENT
SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORM. TORNADO SPAWNED JUST EAST OF FIRST TORNADO.
MUCH OF THE MIDDLE SECTION OF THE TRACK OCCURRED ACROSS EXTREMELY
RURAL SECTIONS OF COLLINGSWORTH COUNTY IN NEAR THE SALT FORK RED
RIVER AND WAS INACCESSIBLE...HOWEVER RADAR SUGGESTS A CONTINUOUS
PATH. MOST DAMAGE WAS EF0 ALONG THE PATH...HOWEVER ISOLATED EF1
DAMAGE OCCURRED IN TWO LOCATIONS BASED ON SNAPPED POWER POLES AND
TREE TRUNKS IN TWO LOCATIONS.

.TORNADO 3...

RATING:                 EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    85 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  5.68 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   30 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             MAY 16 2015
START TIME:             315 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         2.3 W SHAMROCK / WHEELER COUNTY / TX
START LAT/LON:          35.2226 / -100.2882

END DATE:               MAY 16 2015
END TIME:               325 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           5.3 N SHAMROCK / WHEELER / TX
END LAT/LON:            35.2939 / -100.2452

SURVEY_SUMMARY: THIS WAS THIRD TORNADO AND SMALLEST TORNADO TO CYCLE
FROM THE SAME PARENT THUNDERSTORM. EXACT LOCATION AND TIMES OF
BEGINING AND ENDING POINTS OF THE TORNADO ARE ESTIMATED USING SPOTTER
REPORTS...RADAR...AND SURVEY RESULTS AS END POINT LOCATIONS WERE NOT
ACCESSIBLE AND OCCURRED IN OPEN FARMLAND. DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH
EF0 ALONG THE PATH.

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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MJG












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