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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TULSA OK
740 PM CDT Wed May 20 2015

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 05/16/15 TORNADO EVENT - UPDATE 1...

.UPDATE...BROKEN ARROW AND INOLA TORNADOES UPDATED DETAILS. ADDED
DETAILS FOR SIX OTHER TORNADOES SURVEYED OVER THE PAST COUPLE DAYS.

.OVERVIEW...NWS TULSA STORM SURVEY TEAMS HAVE CONFIRMED EIGHT
TORNADOES FROM THE EVENING AND OVERNIGHT STORMS ON MAY 16TH AND
17TH. OTHER POSSIBLE TORNADOES STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION ARE IN
FAR EASTERN OTTAWA COUNTY THAT MOVED SOUTH OF SENECA MISSOURI AND
ANOTHER AREA IN OKFUSKEE COUNTY NEAR HIGHWAY 156...NORTH OF
HIGHWAY 62.

.BROKEN ARROW TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-2
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    110 TO 120 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  16 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   1000 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             MAY 16 2015
START TIME:             1126 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         4.4 SW ONETA / WAGONER COUNTY / OK
START LAT/LON:          35.9727 / -95.7615

END DATE:               MAY 16 2015
END TIME:               1141 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           3.4 WSW INOLA / ROGERS COUNTY / OK
END LAT/LON:            36.1414 / -95.5673

SURVEY SUMMARY: THIS TORNADO DEVELOPED JUST EAST OF THE
WAGONER/TULSA COUNTY LINE NEAR E 131ST ST SOUTH. IT MOVED RAPIDLY
NORTHEAST DAMAGING AS MANY AS 120 HOMES...SOME SEVERELY...
DESTROYING BARNS AND OUTBUILDINGS...SNAPPING AND UPROOTING MANY
TREES...AND SNAPPING MANY POWER POLES. THE SURVEY TEAM COULD
FOLLOW THE PATH UNTIL THE E 620 ROAD IN NORTHEASTERN WAGONER
COUNTY WHERE A BARN WAS SEVERELY DAMAGED AND SEVERAL TREES WERE
SNAPPED OR UPROOTED. KOTV`S TRAVIS MEYER FLEW THE PATH AND
INDICATED THAT A NARROW SWATH OF DAMAGE CONTINUED NORTH OF THE
RIVER INTO ROGERS COUNTY...WHERE THE GROUND SURVEY COULD NOT
ACCESS BY ROAD. DAMAGE TO SEVERAL HOMES AS WELL AS EXTENSIVE
DAMAGE TO A COUPLE AREAS OF TREES SUGGESTED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED IN
THIS TORNADO WAS ABOUT 110 TO 120 MPH.

.INOLA TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-2
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    110 TO 120 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  9.8 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   1500 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             MAY 16 2015
START TIME:             1143 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         3.7 WNW INOLA / ROGERS COUNTY / OK
START LAT/LON:          36.1719 / -95.5700

END DATE:               MAY 16 2015
END TIME:               1151 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           5.7 ENE TIAWAH / ROGERS COUNTY / OK
END LAT/LON:            36.2872 / -95.4681

SURVEY SUMMARY: THIS TORNADO DEVELOPED NEAR HIGHWAY 412 WEST
NORTHWEST OF INOLA. THE TORNADO WAS AT ITS WIDEST AND APPEARED TO
BE STRONGEST...CREATING THE MOST DAMAGE BETWEEN HIGHWAYS 412 AND
88. IN THAT AREA...IT DAMAGED NUMEROUS HOMES...SNAPPED OR
UPROOTED NUMEROUS TREES...DESTROYED BARNS AND OUTBUILDINGS...AND
SNAPPED NUMEROUS POWER POLES. DAMAGE NORTHEAST OF HIGHWAY 88
THROUGH ITS END POINT SOUTHEAST OF THE CLAREMORE AIRPORT WAS
MAINLY TO TREES AND BARNS/OUTBUILDINGS. BASED ON DAMAGE TO SEVERAL
HOMES AS WELL AS A 50 FOOT BY 60 FOOT WOOD-FRAMED SHOP...MAXIMUM
ESTIMATED WIND IN THIS TORNADO WAS 110 TO 120 MPH.

.CLAREMORE AIRPORT TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    90 TO 100 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  3.3 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   300 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             MAY 16 2015
START TIME:             1152 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         5.4 NE TIAWAH / ROGERS COUNTY / OK
START LAT/LON:          36.2942 / -95.4774

END DATE:               MAY 16 2015
END TIME:               1156 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           8.4 NE TIAWAH / ROGERS COUNTY / OK
END LAT/LON:            36.3330 / -95.4432

SURVEY SUMMARY:THIS TORNADO APPEARS TO HAVE DEVELOPED ON THE
CLAREMORE AIRPORT PROPERTY AND MOVED NORTHEAST ACROSS HIGHWAY
20...ENDING ABOUT A HALF MILE WEST OF THE MAYES COUNTY LINE SOUTH
OF THE E 470 ROAD. THE TORNADO DAMAGED SEVERAL HOMES NEAR HIGHWAY
20. IT ALSO UPROOTED TREES...SNAPPED NUMEROUS LARGE LIMBS...AND
BLEW DOWN POWER POLES.

.PRYOR TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    95 TO 105 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  2.3 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   450 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             MAY 17 2015
START TIME:             1200 AM CDT
START LOCATION:         5.9 NW PRYOR / MAYES COUNTY / OK
START LAT/LON:          36.3615 / -95.4019

END DATE:               MAY 17 2015
END TIME:               1203 AM CDT
END LOCATION:           6.2 NW PRYOR / MAYES COUNTY / OK
END LAT/LON:            36.3855 / -95.3744

SURVEY SUMMARY: THIS TORNADO SNAPPED OR UPROOTED NUMEROUS TREES
AND BLEW DOWN POWER POLES.

.ADAIR TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    95 TO 105 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  4.5 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   600 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             MAY 17 2015
START TIME:             1210 AM CDT
START LOCATION:         2.5 NNW ADAIR / MAYES COUNTY / OK
START LAT/LON:          36.4715 / -95.2809

END DATE:               MAY 17 2015
END TIME:               1216 AM CDT
END LOCATION:           5.8 NE ADAIR / MAYES COUNTY / OK
END LAT/LON:            36.5049 / -95.2121

SURVEY SUMMARY: THIS TORNADO DAMAGED TWO HOMES...DESTROYED AT
LEAST TWO BARNS AND OUTBUILDINGS...SNAPPED OR UPROOTED TREES...AND
BLEW DOWN POWER POLES.

.KETCHUM/CLEORA TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    95 TO 105 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  4.6 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   550 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             MAY 17 2015
START TIME:             1224 AM CDT
START LOCATION:         2.4 NNE KETCHUM / CRAIG COUNTY / OK
START LAT/LON:          36.5575 / -95.0126

END DATE:               MAY 17 2015
END TIME:               1229 AM CDT
END LOCATION:           2 NNE CLEORA / DELAWARE COUNTY / OK
END LAT/LON:            36.6079 / -94.9577

SURVEY SUMMARY: THIS TORNADO DESTROYED A MOBILE HOMES...DESTROYED
SEVERAL BARNS AND OUTBUILDINGS...SNAPPED OR UPROOTED NUMEROUS
TREES...AND BLEW DOWN POWER POLES.

.BERNICE TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    95 TO 105 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  6.7 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   1100 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             MAY 17 2015
START TIME:             1230 AM CDT
START LOCATION:         2.1 WNW BERNICE / DELAWARE COUNTY / OK
START LAT/LON:          36.6208 / -94.9561

END DATE:               MAY 17 2015
END TIME:               1238 AM CDT
END LOCATION:           4.9 E AFTON / OTTAWA COUNTY / OK
END LAT/LON:            36.6929 / -94.8741

SURVEY SUMMARY: THIS TORNADO DAMAGED TWO MOBILE HOMES...SNAPPED OR
UPROOTED TREES...AND BLEW DOWN POWER POLES.

.FAIRLAND / WYANDOTTE TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    95 TO 105 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  11.5 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   650 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               1

START DATE:             MAY 17 2015
START TIME:             1238 AM CDT
START LOCATION:         4.9 SSE FAIRLAND / OTTAWA COUNTY / OK
START LAT/LON:          36.6812 / -94.8292

END DATE:               MAY 17 2015
END TIME:               1250 AM CDT
END LOCATION:           2.3 ESE WYANDOTTE / OTTAWA COUNTY / OK
END LAT/LON:            36.7866 / -94.6862

SURVEY SUMMARY: A TORNADO DESTROYED A MOBILE HOME...TRAPPING AND
INJURING ITS OCCUPANT...DESTROYED A 40 FOOT BY 60 FOOT WOOD-FRAMED
WORKSHOP...SEVERELY DAMAGED SEVERAL OTHER BARNS AND OUTBUILDINGS...
SNAPPED OR UPROOTED NUMEROUS TREES...AND BLEW DOWN POWER POLES.

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.

$$

EJC/SFP




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