Final Report...Watford City Tornado Storm Survey

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 05/26/2014 TORNADO EVENT NEAR WATFORD CITY

NORTH DAKOTA...

THIS IS THE FINAL REPORT ON THIS TORNADO DAMAGE ASSESSMENT.

TORNADO 5 MILES SOUTH OF WATFORD CITY...

RATING:                 EF-2

ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    120 MPH

PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  0.5 MILES

PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   100 YARDS

FATALITIES:             0

INJURIES:               9

 

THE NUMBER OF FATALITIES AND INJURIES IS BASED ON INFORMATION FROM

MCKENZIE COUNTY EMERGENCY OFFICIALS.

 

 

START DATE:             MAY 26 2014

START TIME:             746 PM CDT

START LOCATION:         5 SOUTH WATFORD CITY / MCKENZIE COUNTY

START LAT/LON:          47.7083 / -103.283

 

END DATE:               MAY 26 2014

END TIME:               756 PM CDT

END LOCATION:           5 SOUTH WATFORD CITY / MCKENZIE COUNTY

END_LAT/LON:            47.7078 / -103.2731

 

BASED ON THE DAMAGE SURVEYED...THE EF SCALE RATING WAS ASSIGNED TO

THIS TORNADO. FROM THAT...THE ESTIMATED PEAK WIND SPEED WAS

ASSIGNED. THE DAMAGE AREA WAS VERY FOCUSED. THIRTEEN

CAMPERS...SERVING AS HOMES...WERE COMPLETELY DESTROYED AND TWO MORE

WERE DAMAGED. ALSO CONTRIBUTING TO THE RATING WAS A SNAPPED WOODEN

POWER LINE POLE. OTHER DAMAGE INCLUDED AUTOMOBILES AND FENCES...BOTH

WOODEN AND METAL. ONE AUTOMOBILE WAS MOVED ABOUT 60 FEET TO THE

SOUTH OF WHERE IT WAS PARKED...AND TURNED ON ITS ROOF...WHILE THE

TRAILER IT WAS PARKED NEXT TO WAS FLIPPED AND COMPLETELY

DESTROYED...WITH THE FRAME LANDING ABOUT 120 FEET TO THE NORTH.

ABOUT A DOZEN OTHER VEHICLES WERE DAMAGED...SOME COMPLETELY.

 

EYE WITNESSES SAID THERE WAS POSSIBLY ONE OR TWO OTHER TORNADOES IN

THE SAME AREA. HOWEVER...AFTER SPEAKING WITH AN EYE

WITNESS WHO TOOK PICTURES AND VIDEO OF THE EVENT...THOSE OTHER TWO

DID NOT TOUCH THE GROUND...AND WILL BE CLASSIFIED AS FUNNEL CLOUDS

AND NOT TORNADOES.

 

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  ** THIS TORNADO

EF3...STRONG....136 TO 165 MPH

EF4...VIOLENT...166 TO 200 MPH

EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH

 

NOTE:

THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS FINAL...HOWEVER...IT WILL

CONTINUE TO BE REVIEWED FOR PUBLICATION IN NWS OFFICIAL STORM DATA.

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE THANKS THE RESIDENTS IMPACTED BY THE

TORNADO...AND THEIR WILLINGNESS TO SHARE THEIR EYE WITNESS ACCOUNTS.

THE INFORMATION WAS CRITICAL IN COMPLETING THE PICTURE OF THE SEVERE

WEATHER EVENT OF MONDAY EVENING.

 

WE ALSO THANK THE MCKENZIE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGER...AND THE

SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT...FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE WITH THE DAMAGE SURVEY.



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