Tornadoes in Seward Butler and Saunders Counties

A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DAMAGE ASSESSMENT TEAM SURVEYED THE
TORNADOES IN SEWARD...BUTLER AND SAUNDERS COUNTIES TODAY. THIS
IS A PRELIMINARY SUMMARY...AND IS SUBJECT TO REVISION AFTER
REVIEW OF RADAR INFORMATION AND ADDITIONAL DATA COLLECTION.
DOWNED POWER LINES AND FLOODING HAMPERED THE SURVEY BECAUSE OF
CLOSED ROADS.

TORNADO THAT AFFECTED PARTS OF SEWARD AND BUTLER COUNTIES. THIS
TORNADO STARTED ABOUT 4 MILES SOUTHWEST OF ULYSSES AND TRAVELED
EAST NORTHEAST TO A POINT ABOUT 1 MILE SOUTHEAST OF ULYSSES. THIS
STARTED IN NORTHERN SEWARD COUNTY AND ENDED IN SOUTHERN BUTLER
COUNTY.
EF-SCALE RATING...EF1
PATH LENGTH...AROUND 5 MILES
PATH WIDTH...UP TO 1/4 MILE WIDE

TORNADO THAT AFFECTED ULYSSES IN BUTLER COUNTY. THIS TORNADO
STARTED ABOUT 1.5 MILES WEST OF TOWN...MOVED THROUGH ULYSSES AND
ENDED ABOUT 2.5 MILES EAST OF TOWN.
EF-SCALE RATING...EF1
PATH LENGTH...AROUND 4 MILES
PATH WIDTH...UP TO 1/4 MILE WIDE

NUMEROUS CENTER PIVOT IRRIGATION SYSTEMS WERE OVERTURNED TO THE
SOUTHWEST OF ULYSSES...DUE TO STRAIGHT LINE WINDS ESTIMATED AT
50 TO 70 MPH.

THERE WAS DAMAGE TO TREES AND A FEW BUILDINGS FROM EAST OF ULYSSES
THROUGH THE TOWN OF DWIGHT AND TO WEST OF VALPARAISO. AT THIS TIME
THE DAMAGE SEEMED TO BE DUE TO A DOWNBURST OR A SERIES OF DOWNBURSTS
...WITH WINDS FROM 60 TO 80 MPH. THIS DAMAGE CONTINUED EASTWARD
THROUGH VALPARAISO...BUT THE PATH LENGTH WAS WIDER. TREE DAMAGE
EXTENDED AS FAR NORTH AS TOUHY...AND AS FAR SOUTH AS JUST EAST OF
AGNEW. SCATTERED TREE DAMAGE WAS ALSO NOTED ALONG HIGHWAY 66 EAST
TOWARD CERESCO.

TWO TORNADOES AFFECTED SOUTHERN SAUNDERS COUNTY...IN THE CERESCO
AREA.

ONE TORNADO APPEARED TO HAVE STARTED ABOUT 5 MILES WEST AND 1 MILE
SOUTH OF CERESCO. WEST OF CERESCO...THERE WAS DAMAGE TO TREES...
GRAIN BINS AND BUILDINGS. THERE WAS A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF
DAMAGE THROUGH AND AROUND TOWN. THIS TORNADO APPEARED TO HAVE
TRAVELED EAST OF CERESCO...TAKING DOWN POWER LINES WHICH LIMITED HOW
FAR EAST THE SURVEY COULD BE CONDUCTED.
EF-SCALE RATING...EF1
PATH LENGTH...ABOUT 5 MILES
PATH WIDTH...UP TO 1/2 MILE WIDE

A SECOND TORNADO SEEMED TO HAVE STARTED ABOUT 3 MILES WEST AND 1/2
MILE NORTH OF CERESCO. THIS TRAVELED EAST...AFFECTING THE NORTH
END OF CERESCO...BEFORE THE SURVEY ENDED ABOUT 1 MILE NORTHEAST
OF CERESCO. THE EASTWARD EXTENT TO THE SURVEY WAS LIMITED BY
DOWNED POWER LINES.
EF-SCALE RATING...EF1
PATH LENGTH...ABOUT 4 MILES
PATH WIDTH...UP TO 1/4 MILE WIDE

ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE
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


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