EF2 Tornado Confirmed South of Napoleon Sunday Afternoon (Updated)


...STORM SURVEY CONFIRMS TORNADO SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST OF NAPOLEON
SUNDAY AFTERNOON...

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS CONFIRMED AN EF2 TORNADO
STRUCK A FARMSTEAD 7 MILES SOUTH  OF NAPOLEON...AROUND 240 PM CDT SUNDAY

AFTERNOON. EXTENSIVE DAMAGE AT THE FARMSTEAD INCLUDED
1800 FEET OF SHELTER BELT DESTROYED SURROUNDING THE FARM. THE DOWNED
TREES WERE CONSISTENT WITH A TORNADO...BLOWN OVER IN DIFFERENT
DIRECTIONS. AN EMPTY 18000 BUSHEL GRAIN BIN...SECURED WITH STEELE
CABLES...WAS LOFTED OVER THE HOME AND THROWN 500 YARDS. THE
HOMEOWNER DESCRIBED THE TORNADO AS 50 YARDS IN DIAMETER BEFORE
SEEKING SHELTER.

EAST-SOUTHEAST OF THE ABOVE FARMSTEAD...ABOUT ONE MILE WEST OF
BURNSTAD...A GRAIN BIN...WITH AN ESTIMATED WEIGHT OF 17 TO 20
THOUSAND POUNDS...WAS BOTH LIFTED AND ROLLED NEARLY THREE QUARTERS
OF A MILE FROM ITS ORIGINAL LOCATION.

IN BURNSTAD...TREE DAMAGE WAS EXTENSIVE...INCLUDING A 4 FOOT
DIAMETER COTTONWOOD UPROOTED.

THERE WERE NO DEATHS OR INJURIES REPORTED.

PEAK WIND SPEEDS WERE ESTIMATED AT 120 MPH.

THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE IS USED TO RATE TORNADO DAMAGE AND
DETERMINE WIND SPEEDS. WIND SPEEDS ASSOCIATED WITH TORNADO RATINGS
ARE...

EF0...65 TO 85 MPH
EF1...86 TO 110 MPH
EF2...111 TO 135 MPH
EF3...136 TO 165 MPH
EF4...166 TO 200 MPH
EF5...201 MPH AND HIGHER


 



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