Preliminary Storm Survey Results
National Weather Service (NWS) officials from Hastings, NE conducted a storm survey for a severe weather event that took place in Phillips County, Kansas on May 4, 2007. Preliminary findings indicate that a tornado occurred in the town of Phillipsburg and fluctuated between an EF-0 and EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita (EF) scale with maximum wind speeds estimated at 95 mph. The initial reports of tornado damage at 1120 PM on May 4th, 2007, were relayed by emergency management personnel to the National Weather Service office in Hastings.
The storm initially caused damage at the Phillipsburg airport to the wind sock and supporting bracket. It then moved NNW resulting in damage to the western parts of the town. It is believed that the initial damage was due to straight line winds from the airport to just east of the swimming pool (West H Street and West Park Street). At that point, evidence of a tornado was ascertained with damage continuing for approximately one quarter mile. The width of the tornado damage was fairly narrow, ranging from 30 to 75 yards. The tornado was rated EF-0 at the initial point of touchdown, and then increased to EF-1 near the intersection of Oak and West E Streets.
At this time no evidence was noted of a tornado north or south of Phillipsburg. However, additional information is still being investigated.
The Phillips County sheriff’s office provided valuable assistance to the NWS in conducting the storm survey.These results are preliminary and may be adjusted as additional evidence is uncovered.
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