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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...CORRECTED FOR TORNADO EVENT DATE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TOPEKA KS
423 PM CDT SUN MAY 17 2015

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

.OVERVIEW...ONE TORNADO OCCURRED NORTH OF NEOSHO RAPIDS WHICH WAS
RATED EF1 BY THE DAMAGE SURVEY TEAM.

.REFERENCE TORNADO...

RATING: EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 94 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: .21 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 50 YARDS
FATALITIES: 0 INJURIES: 0

START DATE: 05-16-2015
START TIME: 537 PM CDT
START LOCATION: 2 MILES NORTH OF NEOSHO RAPIDS/LYON COUNTY
END DATE: 05-16-2015
END TIME: 539 PM CDT
END LOCATION: 2.2 MILES NORTH OF NEOSHO RAPIDS/LYON COUNTY


WIDESPREAD WIND DAMAGE FROM STRAIGHT LINE THUNDERSTORM WINDS
EXTENDED FROM SOUTHERN LYON COUNTY NORTHEAST INTO OSAGE COUNTY.
ABOUT 2 MILES WEST OF NEOSHO RAPIDS, A TRAIN DERAILED AS A RESULT
OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WINDS. WIND SPEEDS AT THIS POINT WERE
ESTIMATED TO BE 75-85 MPH. ABOUT 3 MILES NORTHEAST OF THE TRAIN,
A SHORT LIVED TORNADO OCCURRED PRODUCING EF-1 DAMAGE TO A
FARMSTEAD NORTH OF NEOSHO RAPIDS. MORE WIND DAMAGE TO TREES AND
OUT BUILDINGS OCCURRED NORTHEAST ACROSS LYON COUNTY INTO OSAGE
COUNTY.

NO INJURIES OR DEATHS WERE REPORTED.

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 EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN NWS
STORM DATA.

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