Strongest Warroad Area Tornado Rated F3

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EASTERN NORTH DAKOTA/GRAND FORKS ND
1055 PM CDT SUN AUG 6 2006

...STRONGEST WARROAD AREA TORNADO RATED F3...

A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM DAMAGE ASSESSMENT TEAM COMPLETED A
SURVEY OF THE WARROAD COMMUNITY AND AFFECTED RURAL AREAS ACROSS
EASTERN ROSEAU AND WESTERN LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTIES. GROUND
TRACKS...PHOTOGRAPHIC AND VIDEO EVIDENCE...AND EYEWITNESS REPORTS
INDICATE THAT AT LEAST THREE /POSSIBLY FOUR/ DISTINCT TORNADOES
OCCURRED ALONG AN APPROXIMATE 19 MILE ARCHING PATH BEGINNING ABOUT 8
WNW OF WARROAD AROUND 641 PM...THROUGH THE COMMUNITY OF WARROAD
AROUND 704 TO 712 PM...TO ABOUT 3 NNE OF ROOSEVELT AROUND 740 PM.
ALL THESE TORNADOES WERE GENERATED BY THE SAME PARENT SUPERCELL
THUNDERSTORM WHICH ALSO SPREAD HEAVY RAINS AND HAIL UP TO SOFTBALL
SIZE FORM THE ROSEAU PORT OF ENTRY AT MN HWY 310 PAST THE COMMUNITY
OF BAUDETTE AND MN HWY 72.

THE LARGEST AND MOST DAMAGING TORNADO WAS RATED AS AN F3...WITH
MAXIMUM WINDS OF 160-180 MPH...A LENGTH OF AROUND 3 MILES AND A
WIDTH RANGING FROM 300 TO 500 YARDS. THIS TORNADO LIKELY TOUCHED
DOWN IN A WOODED AREA TO THE WEST NORTHWEST OF THE MARVIN WINDOWS
FACTORY AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF THE CITY. THE TORNADO QUICKLY
INTENSIFIED AS IT TORE THROUGH A SHELTER BELT AND ACROSS A FIELD
HITTING THE NORTH END OF THE MARVIN FACTORY COMPLEX WITH WINDS
ACCELERATING FROM 140 TO 160 MILES AN HOUR...REACHING A WIDTH OF 300
YARDS. THERE THE WINDS TIPPED NUMEROUS TRUCK TRAILERS...TUMBLED AN
AUTOMOBILE...SNAPPED POWER POLES AND TORE OFF BUILDING ROOFING AND
SHEATHING MATERIALS.

AS THIS TORNADO MOVED SOUTHEASTWARD ALONG THE NORTH EDGE OF THE
COMMUNITY IT SNAPPED AND UPROOTED TREES...SHREDDED TWO GARAGES/SHOPS
AND LIFTED ROOFS ON A FEW HOUSES. FROM THIS POINT ONWARD THE CORE
OF THE TORNADO STAYED JUST NORTH OF THE MAIN RESIDENTIAL AREA OF
NORTH WARROAD. THE TORNADO RIPPED INTO THE LAKEVIEW RECREATIONAL
PARK AND CAMPGROUNDS WITH PEAK WINDS OF 160-180 MPH AND A WIDTH OF
500 YARDS. NUMEROUS CAMPER/TRAILERS WERE TUMBLED THROUGH THE AIR AND
SHATTERED. A CONCRETE BLOCK SWIMMING POOL ENTRANCE STRUCTURE WAS
DESTROYED ALONG WITH NUMEROUS TREES...PICNIC SHELTERS AND A LOG
CABIN/GIFT SHOP. DEBRIS...INCLUDING CAMPER/TRAILERS...LARGE METAL
DUMPSTERS AND PORTIONS OF PARK STRUCTURES WAS FLUNG INTO MUSKEG BAY
/ON THE LAKE OF THE WOODS/...WHERE THIS TORNADO APPARENTLY
DISSIPATED.

REPORTEDLY THERE WERE NO SIGNIFICANT INJURIES OR FATALITIES SINCE
THE CAMPGROUND HAD BEEN LARGELY EVACUATED BY THE WARROAD POLICE
DEPARTMENT IN ADVANCE OF THE TORNADO.

ADDITIONAL TORNADO DAMAGE TRACKS WEST AND SOUTHEAST OF WARROAD ARE
STILL BEING ANALYZED...AND WILL LIKELY BE CONFIRMED ONCE CIVIL AIR
PATROL OVERFLIGHT PICTURES ARE ANALYZED AND COMPARED WITH GROUND
EVIDENCE. THE ADDITIONAL TORNADO DAMAGE OUTSIDE OF THE MAIN TORNADO
CORRIDOR INDICATED ABOVE APPEARS TO BE AT THE F1 OR F0 DAMAGE SCALE.



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