Wayne, NE Tornado on October 4 Rated EF4

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...CORRECTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OMAHA/VALLEY NE
541 AM CDT SUN OCT 6 2013
 
...PRELIMINARY NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 10/04/2013 TORNADO EVENT...
...DAMAGE IN WAYNE AND DIXON COUNTIES IN NEBRASKA...
 
.OVERVIEW...
 
SEVERAL TORNADOES WERE SPAWNED IN ASSOCIATION WITH A LOW PRESSURE
SYSTEM THAT MOVED ACROSS THE CENTRAL PLAINS ON FRIDAY OCTOBER 4
2013. ADDITIONAL UPDATES FOR THIS EVENT ARE LIKELY AS ADDITIONAL
DETAILS MAY BECOME AVAILABLE IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS.
 
.WAYNE TORNADO...
 
EF SCALE RATING:         EF-4
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:     170
PATH LENGTH/STATUTE/:    19
PATH WIDTH/MAXIMUM/:     1.38 MILES
FATALITIES:              0
INJURIES:                15
 
START DATE:              OCTOBER 4...2013
START TIME:              512 PM CDT
START LOCATION:          8 SW WAYNE/WAYNE COUNTY/NE
START LAT/LON:           42.128/-97.077
 
END DATE:                OCTOBER 4...2013
END TIME:                551 PM CDT
END LOCATION:            6 NNW WAKEFIELD/DIXON COUNTY/NE
END LAT/LON:             42.351/-96.891
 
THIS VIOLENT TORNADO STARTED 8 MILES SOUTHWEST OF WAYNE NEBRASKA
AND FLATTENED CORN CROPS AND TORE OFF LARGE LIMBS OF SOME TREES. 
GAINING STRENGTH AS IT HEADED NORTHEAST...THE STORM STRUCK A
FARMSTEAD ABOUT 4.5 MILES SOUTHWEST OF WAYNE. BARNS AND SHEDS WERE
SEVERELY DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.  THE TORNADO BECAME VERY WIDE AT THIS
POINT...NEARLY 1.25 MILES WIDE.  ABOUT 2 MILES SOUTH OF WAYNE THE
TORNADO SEVERELY DAMAGED A FARMSTEAD AND THEN CAUSED STRONG EF-3
DAMAGE TO TWO HOMES ALONG HIGHWAY 15.  THE TORNADO THEN MISSED THE
DOWNTOWN AND RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT OF WAYNE AND SEVERELY DAMAGED A
SOFTBALL COMPLEX ON THE SOUTHEAST SIDE OF TOWN. 
 
THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OCCURRED IN THE INDUSTRIAL PARK AREA ON
THE EAST SIDE OF WAYNE.  NUMEROUS METAL BUILDING STRUCTURES...SOME OF
THEM QUITE LARGE...SUSTAINED SERIOUS DAMAGE OR WERE MANGLED INTO RUBBLE. 
IT WAS HERE THE TORNADO WAS RATED EF-3 WITH A COUPLE SMALL POCKETS
OF LOW END EF-4 DAMAGE.  THE TORNADO THEN CROSSED NEBRASKA HIGHWAY 35
AND TOOK DEAD AIM ON THE WAYNE MUNICIPAL AIRPORT.  TWO HANGERS WERE
FLATTENED.  SOME PRIVATE AIRCRAFT WERE TUMBLED AND RIPPED UP. THE
AUTOMATED WEATHER OBSERVING STATION AT THE AIRPORT WAS TORN UP AS
WELL. CONTINUING NORTHEAST...THE TORNADO STRUCK ANOTHER FARMSTEAD
AND CAUSED EF-2 DAMAGE TO A HOME.  CROSSING INTO DIXON COUNTY...THE
STORM CONTINUED TO DAMAGE TREES....CROPS...AND FARMSTEADS UNTIL
NARROWING AND DISSIPATING 6 MILES NORTH NORTHWEST OF WAKEFIELD.
 
THE STORM SURVEY INVESTIGATION IS STILL ONGOING AND SUBJECT TO
FURTHER COORDINATION WITH LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCIES.
 
EF SCALE: 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.
 
NOTE: INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN NWS
STORM DATA.
Please click the image to download a KMZ file with damage points and photographs. Note, this is a 1.7 megabyte file.
A few of the many pictures taken from the damage survey....
Home destroyed south of WayneBuilding destroyed-business park
Home Destroyed South of WayneBuilding Destroyed-Wayne Business Park
  
 Grossenburg Implement - Wayne, NE Pacific Coast Feather Company - Building Destroyed
  
  Grossenburg Implement - Wayne, NE Wayne Airport - two story building demolished
 Wayne Softball Field Home North of Wayne
 Wayne Softball Field Home North of Wayne


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