Report on Watford City Tornado

NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR MAY 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...MCKENZIE COUNTY...NORTH DAKOTA .

DATE AND TIME: MONDAY MAY 26 2014 FROM 746 TO 756 PM CDT
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.

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 IMMEDIATE 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

NOTES:
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 DEPARTMENT...FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE WITH THE DAMAGE SURVEY AT THE SCENE.

NOAA-NWS BISMARCK



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