Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS
NOUS44 KLUB 242318
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LUBBOCK TX
618 PM CDT TUE MAY 24 2016
...NWS Damage Survey for 05/23/2016 Tornado Event...
.Significant Tornado Near Turkey, TX...
Estimated Peak Wind: 138 mph
Path length: 9 miles
Path width: Up to 1/2 mile
Start date: May 23, 2016
Start time: 945 PM*
Start location: 10 miles W of Northfield, TX / Motley County
End date: May 23, 2016
End time: 1006 PM
End location: 2 miles E of Turkey, TX / Hall County
A significant tornado developed from a stationary supercell in
far north-central Motley County late Monday evening, before
accelerating north and northwest into southwest Hall County.
This tornado grew into a large, multi-vortex tornado that moved
over open ranch and canyon lands before dissipating east of Turkey.
A NWS storm survey noted several steel pylon electric poles bent
to the ground. This damage is consistent with winds estimated
in the range of 135 to 140 mph. This puts this tornado in the lower
end of the EF3 range which is 136 to 165 mph. The storm survey
team also noted uprooted trees from afar, but personnel were
unable to survey this due to flooding and sparse roads.
* This start time is estimated from radar. Multiple storm spotter
reports are still being evaluated for a more definitive start time.
The final summary of this event with any corrections to this PNS
will be listed in Storm Data.
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
The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event and publication in NWS