Hickman/Bennet/Palmyra and Elmwood Tornadoes on October 3 Rated EF2 and EF0

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OMAHA/VALLEY NE
711 PM CDT FRI OCT 4 2013

...DAMAGE SURVEY RESULTS FOR SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA TORNADOES ON
OCTOBER 3 2013...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OMAHA-VALLEY SURVEYED TORNADO
DAMAGE FROM THE STORMS THAT HIT SOUTH AND EAST OF LINCOLN DURING
THE EVENING OF THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2013. THE FINDINGS ARE AS
FOLLOWS:

TORNADO TRACK NUMBER 1:
EF2 STRENGTH (MAX WIND SPEEDS 120 MPH)
PATH LENGTH:  16.5 MILES
PATH WIDTH: 300 YARDS

THE FIRST TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN APPROXIMATELY 2.5 MILES SOUTHWEST
OF HICKMAN NEAR THE STAGECOACH LAKE STATE RECREATION AREA. IT THEN
MOVED THROUGH THE WAGON TRAIN LAKE STATE RECREATION AREA WHERE IT
STRENGTHENED TO EF2 INTENSITY. IT CONTINUED TO TRACK TO THE
NORTHEAST...MOVING ABOUT 1 MILE SOUTH OF BENNET, THEN ENDED 1
MILE NORTHWEST OF PALMYRA. THE STRENGTH OF THIS TORNADO WAS RATED
EF2 BASED ON THE PROPERTY DAMAGE NEAR THE WAGON TRAIN LAKE STATE
RECREATION AREA AND BASED ON THE PROPERTY DAMAGE JUST WEST OF
PALMYRA. THE INTENSITY WAS EF1 SOUTH OF BENNET, OTHERWISE THE
TORNADO STRENGTH WAS RATED EF0 ALONG THE REMAINDER OF THE TRACK.
THE TOTAL TRACK LENGTH WAS 16.5 MILES.


TORNADO TRACK NUMBER 2:
EF0 STRENGTH (MAX WIND SPEEDS 80 MPH)
PATH LENGTH:  4 MILES
PATH WIDTH:  100 YARDS

THE SECOND TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN 4.5 MILES SOUTH OF ELMWOOD WHERE
IT DID MINOR PROPERTY DAMAGE. IT THEN TRACKED NORTHEAST FOR 4
MILES AND ENDED 3.5 MILES SOUTHWEST OF ELMWOOD. IT MOSTLY MOVED
ACROSS OPEN COUNTRY AND CAUSED MINOR TREE DAMAGE.

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FOR REFERENCE...THE ENHANCED FUJITA TORNADO SCALE CLASSIFIES
TORNADOES INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

EF0...WIND SPEEDS 65 TO 85 MPH.
EF1...WIND SPEEDS 86 TO 110 MPH.
EF2...WIND SPEEDS 111 TO 135 MPH.
EF3...WIND SPEEDS 136 TO 165 MPH.
EF4...WIND SPEEDS 166 TO 200 MPH.
EF5...WIND SPEEDS GREATER THAN 200 MPH.

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