Tornado Summary March 23, 2009

Tornado Tracks

Five Tornadoes Confirmed in Eastern Nebraska

A FAST-MOVING SUPERCELL PRODUCED A SERIES OF TORNADOES FROM EASTERN NEBRASKA INTO WEST CENTRAL IOWA IN THE LATE AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING ON MONDAY...MARCH 23. FIVE TORNADOES WERE CONFIRMED IN EASTERN NEBRASKA BEFORE THE STORM MOVED INTO WEST CENTRAL IOWA. THERE WERE EIGHT INJURIES; 5 SOUTH OF EAGLE AND THREE  IN THE NORTH PART OF EAGLE TWO MILES AWAY.


TORNADO 1:
LOCATION...4 MILES SOUTH OF HICKMAN TO 2 MILES SOUTHEAST OF HICKMAN
IN LANCASTER COUNTY
ESTIMATED TIME...
EF SCALE RATING...EF1
ESTIMATED WINDS...105 MPH
PATH LENGTH...ESTIMATED 2 MILES
PATH WIDTH...50 YARDS


TORNADO 2:
LOCATION...2 MILES EAST OF HICKMAN TO 3 MILES NORTHEAST OF HICKMAN
IN LANCASTER COUNTY
ESTIMATED TIME...
EF SCALE RATING...EF2
ESTIMATED WINDS...115 MPH
PATH LENGTH...ESTIMATED 1 MILE
PATH WIDTH...50 YARDS


TORNADO 3:
LOCATION...2.5 MILES WEST OF BENNET TO 0.5 MILES SOUTH OF EAGLE IN
LANCASTER....EXTREME NORTHWEST OTOE...AND SOUTHEAST CASS COUNTIES
ESTIMATED TIME...
INJURIES...5
EF SCALE RATING...EF1
ESTIMATED WINDS...105 MPH
PATH LENGTH...ESTIMATED 9 MILES
PATH WIDTH...50 YARDS


TORNADO 4:
LOCATION...SOUTHWEST SIDE OF EAGLE TO 1 MILE SOUTH OF ALVO IN CASS COUNTY
ESTIMATED TIME...
INJURIES...3
EF SCALE RATING...EF1
ESTIMATED WINDS...105 MPH
PATH LENGTH...ESTIMATED 4 MILES
PATH WIDTH...50 YARDS


TORNADO 5:
LOCATION...ALVO TO 4 MILES NORTHEAST OF ALVO IN CASS COUNTY
ESTIMATED TIME...
EF SCALE RATING...EF1
ESTIMATED WINDS...105 MPH
PATH LENGTH...ESTIMATED 5 MILES
PATH WIDTH...1/2 MILE


BEYOND THE END OF TORNADO 5...SCATTERED WIND DAMAGE DUE TO DOWNDRAFT
THUNDERSTORM WINDS OCCURRED UP TO NEAR SOUTH BEND IN NORTHERN CASS
COUNTY. WIND SPEEDS OF 90 TO 100 MPH ARE ESTIMATED IN THAT AREA.

EF2 Tornado Confirmed in Harrison County

A fast-moving supercell produced a series of tornadoes from eastern Nebraska into west central Iowa in the late afternoon and early evening on Monday, March 23.  The cell produced a confirmed EF2 tornado in Harrison County, Iowa.

LOCATION...FROM ABOUT 3 MILES WEST OF MISSOURI VALLEY IOWA NORTH-NORTHWEST TO ABOUT 3 MILES SOUTHWEST OF MAGNOLIA IOWA.
ESTIMATED TIME...TOUCHDOWN AROUND 603 PM CDT
EF SCALE RATING...EF2
ESTIMATED WINDS...125 MPH
PATH LENGTH...ABOUT 9 MILES
PATH WIDTH...1/4 MILE


THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR HIGHWAY 30 ABOUT 1.5 MILES WEST OF THE
INTERCHANGE BETWEEN INTERSTATE 29 AND HIGHWAY 30...OR ABOUT 3 MILES
WEST OF MISSOURI VALLEY IOWA. THE TORNADO WAS AT ITS STRONGEST AND
WIDEST WITHIN A MILE OF ITS TOUCHDOWN POINT...BECOMING WEAKER WITH
MORE INTERMITTENT DAMAGE FURTHER NORTH. NEAR THE TOUCHDOWN
POINT...A BARN SUSTAINED ROOF DAMAGE AND A WINDMILL WAS KNOCKED
DOWN. ONE-HALF MILE NORTH OF HIGHWAY 30...54 EMPTY GRAIN RAIL CARS
WERE DERAILED. ONE MILE NORTH OF HIGHWAY 30...ALONG 305TH ST...TWO
RESIDENCES WERE IMPACTED BY THE TORNADO. A 100-YEAR-OLD SINGLE
FAMILY RESIDENCE DIRECTLY IN ITS PATH WAS COMPLETELY
DESTROYED...WITH ALL WALLS COLLAPSED AND DEBRIS RELOCATED ABOUT 50
FEET NORTH OF THE FOUNDATION. THE DEBRIS COLLECTED OVER THE SITE OF
A CINDER BLOCK GARAGE...WHICH ALSO PARTIALLY COLLAPSED. ABOUT 100
YARDS NORTH OF THE GARAGE SITE...A MACHINE SHED WAS COLLAPSED ONTO A
COMBINE INSIDE...WHICH HAD BEEN PUSHED. TREES NEAR THE HOUSE
SUSTAINED SOME BROKEN LIMBS AND TREETOPS...AND A POWER POLE WAS
SNAPPED. THE DAMAGE AT THIS SITE WAS GIVEN AN EF2 RATING. ANOTHER
RESIDENCE ONE-QUARTER MILE TO ITS WEST SUSTAINED MINOR SIDING AND
SHINGLE DAMAGE AND BROKEN WINDOWS. 7 OF THE 8 OUTBUILDINGS AT THAT
RESIDENCE WERE COLLAPSED...WITH DEBRIS STREWN INTO NEARBY FIELDS.
DAMAGE AT THE TWO HOUSES INDICATES A PATH WIDTH OF ONE QUARTER MILE
AT THIS POINT...THE WIDEST ALONG THE PATH OF THE TORNADO. THE
TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHWARD...OVERTURNING TWO SEMIS ON INTERSTATE
29. FROM THERE TO A POINT ABOUT 3 MILES SOUTHWEST OF
MAGNOLIA...NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF LOESS HILLS TRAIL AND MELODY
OAKS TRAIL...INTERMITTENT LIGHT DAMAGE TO TREES AND ROOFS OF A
COUPLE OF OUTBUILDINGS WAS NOTED. FROM THIS SCATTERED TREE AND
OUTBUILDING DAMAGE...THE SURVEY TEAM DETERMINED THAT THE TORNADO WAS
VERY NARROW /100 YARDS OR LESS/ WITH EF0 INTENSITY NORTH OF
INTERSTATE 29.

Two EF0 Tornadoes Confirmed in Montgomery County

A FAST-MOVING STORM PRODUCED TWO WEAK TORNADOES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY
IOWA AS IT SPED TO THE NORTH-NORTHEAST...BEFORE MOVING INTO CASS
COUNTY.

TORNADO 1:
LOCATION...ABOUT 4 MILES WEST OF VILLISCA
ESTIMATED TIME...
EF SCALE RATING...EF0
ESTIMATED WINDS...80 MPH
PATH LENGTH...3 MILES
PATH WIDTH...25 YARDS

THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN JUST SOUTHWEST OF THE INTERSECTION OF 270TH
ST AND Q AVE WEST-SOUTHWEST OF VILLISCA. NEAR THAT POINT...THE ROOF
WAS TORN OFF OF AN OUTBUILDING...AND AN EMPTY GRAIN BIN WAS BLOWN
ACROSS THE ROAD. NEAR THE END POINT OF THE TORNADO AROUND THE
INTERSECTION OF 265TH ST AND Q AVE...A BARN HAD SOME ROOF STRUCTURE
DAMAGE.


TORNADO 2:
LOCATION...ABOUT 1 MILE SOUTHWEST OF SCIOLA IOWA...OR ABOUT 3 MILES
NORTH-NORTHEAST OF VIKING LAKE STATE PARK.
ESTIMATED TIME...
EF SCALE RATING...EF0
ESTIMATED WINDS...75 MPH
PATH LENGTH...ABOUT 1.25 MILES
PATH WIDTH...25 MILE

THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ABOUT 1 MILE SOUTHWEST OF SCIOLA IOWA...OR
ABOUT 3 MILES NORTH-NORTHEAST OF VIKING LAKE STATE PARK. AN
OUTBUILDING WITH AN OPENING FACING INTO THE WIND WAS DESTROYED...AND
THERE WAS MINOR TREE DAMAGE ALONG THE PATH.



THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OMAHA/VALLEY WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN DES MOINES FOR CONDUCTING THIS
STORM DAMAGE SURVEY.



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
NWS Omaha/Valley


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