Severe Weather, May 5 Updated with Pictures

An upper level low pressure system remained relatively stationary over Colorado Saturday through Monday, May 5th through 7th.  Severe weather swept across Northeast Kansas during the late evening hours of Saturday May 5, 2007.  Two confirmed tornadoes occurred in Northeast Kansas. 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN TOPEKA KANSAS ALONG WITH COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS HAVE COMPLETED STORM SURVEYS FOR THE DAMAGE THAT OCCURRED IN OTTAWA...CLOUD...CLAY AND WASHINGTON COUNTIES LATE SATURDAY NIGHT ON MAY 5TH AND EARLY SUNDAY MORNING ON MAY 6TH.

IN OTTAWA COUNTY...THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF GRANITE ROAD AND 190TH ROAD 3 MILES SOUTH OF THE OTTAWA STATE FISHING LAKE ABOUT 1140 PM. THE TORNADO TRACKED NORTHWARD...AND LIFTED APPROXIMATELY 11 MILES LATER AT RIFLE ROAD BETWEEN 200TH AND 210TH ROADS. BASED ON THE DAMAGE PATH...THE TORNADO WAS ESTIMATED TO BE A MAXIMUM OF 100 YARDS WIDE.

NUMEROUS HOMES...CABINS...OUTBUILDINGS AND SMALL COTTAGES WERE HEAVILY DAMAGED OR DESTROYED ALONG THE TORNADO PATH. ONE FATALITY OCCURRED ON THE 700 BLOCK OF 190TH ROAD WHERE A CAMPING TRAILER WAS DESTROYED. AS THE TORNADO TRAVELED NORTH ALONG 190TH ROAD...MANY STRUCTURES WERE DAMAGED. WELL BUILT HOMES LOST THEIR ROOFS AND NUMEROUS TREES WERE UPROOTED AND DAMAGED. A MOBILE HOME THAT WAS ANCHORED TO THE GROUND WAS TOTALLY DESTROYED BY THE TORNADO. THE STORM SURVEY TEAM DETERMINED THAT EF-2 SCALE DAMAGE OCCURRED AT THIS LOCATION. WIND SPEEDS OF 111 TO 135 MPH WINDS ARE ESTIMATED WITH THIS SCALE OF DAMAGE.

A SECOND TORNADO OCCURRED SATURDAY NIGHT IN NORTHEAST OTTAWA COUNTY...AND MOVED INTO SOUTHEAST CLOUD COUNTY. THE SECOND TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN AT WINDMILL ROAD BETWEEN 220TH AND 230TH ROADS. SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO A ROW OF CEDAR TREES WAS NOTED AT THIS LOCATION.

THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTH AND CROSSED THE OTTAWA/CLOUD COUNTY LINE. ON 230TH ROAD JUST NORTH OF CLOUD ROAD...THERE WAS A BARN DESTROYED...TREES DAMAGED AND ROOF DAMAGE TO A HOME. A MOBILE HOME LOST ITS ROOF AND TREES AND POWER POLES WERE DAMAGED JUST NORTHEAST OF THIS LOCATION.

THE TORNADO MOVED NORTH NORTHEAST AND DESTROYED TREES AND OUTBUILDINGS WITH JUST MINOR DAMAGE TO TWO HOMES ON THE WEST SIDE OF MILTONVALE IN CLOUD COUNTY. THE TORNADO LIFTED 3 MILES NORTH OF MILTONVALE WHERE TREE DAMAGE WAS NOTED ON HIGHWAY 189 AND 260TH ROAD.

THIS TORNADO WAS AN EF1 AND WAS 200 YARDS WIDE AT TIMES. THE PATH LENGTH WAS ABOUT 7 MILES.

STORM SURVEYS WERE CONDUCTED IN CLAY COUNTY WHERE EXTENSIVE WIND DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED. DAMAGE BEGAN IN THE SOUTHWEST PART OF THE COUNTY...JUST SOUTHWEST OF LONGFORD. A WIDE AREA OF DAMAGE EXTENDED NORTHEAST OF LONGFORD ACROSS HIGHWAY 15 SOUTH OF CLAY CENTER...AND ACROSS HIGHWAY 24 EAST OF CLAY CENTER...AND CONTINUED NORTHEAST TO GREEN. THE DAMAGE EXTENDED INTO NORTHWEST RILEY COUNTY IN THE CITY OF MAY DAY AND IN SOUTHWEST MARSHALL COUNTY ON THE WEST SIDE OF WATERVILLE.

IN CLAY COUNTY...NUMEROUS FARM BUILDINGS...GRAIN BINS...HOMES...TREES...OUTBUILDINGS AND  POWER POLES SUSTAINED DAMAGE WITH STRAIGHT LINE THUNDERSTORM WINDS ESTIMATED AT 80 TO 90 MPH.

STORM SURVEYS WERE CONDUCTED IN WASHINGTON AND MARSHALL COUNTIES. WIDESPREAD WIND DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED ACROSS WASHINGTON COUNTY...HOWEVER THERE WAS NO OBVIOUS DAMAGE IN MARSHALL COUNTY.

WIND DAMAGE WAS FOUND ALL ACROSS WASHINGTON COUNTY, HOWEVER THE MOST CONCENTRATED WIND DAMAGE WAS FOUND BEGINNING NEAR THE CLIFTON AREA AND THEN NORTHEAST INTO THE TOWN OF WASHINGTON.  THE TOWN OF WASHINGTON HAD THE MOST WIDESPREAD DAMAGE AS MANY INSTANCES OF TREE DAMAGE WERE OBSERVED.  MINOR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED IN WASHINGTON AND THERE WERE A COUPLE OF OUTBUILDINGS THAT WERE COLLAPSED ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF TOWN.  IN ONE INSTANCE ONE SMALL SHED WAS OBSERVED TO HAVE BLOWN ON TOP OF A LARGER ONE OUTSIDE OF TOWN. THERE WERE ALSO INSTANCES OF DAMAGE TO AGRICULTURAL EQUIPMENT OUTSIDE OF TOWN.  MOST OF THE DAMAGE WAS BLOWN IN THE SAME GENERAL DIRECTION.  THE WIND DAMAGE IN AND AROUND WASHINGTON WAS DETERMINED TO HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY STRAIGHT LINE WINDS WITH ESTIMATED WIND SPEEDS OF 70 TO 80 MPH.  THE DAMAGE WAS ROUGHLY IN ALONG A 5 MILE SWATH IN AND AROUND TOWN.  MANY OTHER INSTANCES OF DAMAGE WERE OBSERVED THROUGH THE COUNTY THAT WERE DETERMINED TO HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY STRAIGHT LINE WINDS OF SIMILAR WIND SPEEDS.

TWO MILES SOUTH OF THE ABANDONED TOWN OF ENOSDALE THERE WAS A MORE CONCENTRATED SWATH OF DAMAGE THAT WAS DETERMINED TO HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY A TORNADO.  THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN 2 MILES SOUTH SOUTHWEST OF ENOSDALE AND MOVED ALONG A SHORT 1.5 MILE PATH EAST NORTHEAST TO ABOUT 2 MILES SOUTH OF ENOSDALE.  THIS DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED TO BE UP TO 200 YARDS WIDE AT ITS WIDEST.  A FEW OUTBUILDINGS WERE BLOWN APART AND SEVERAL TREE TOPS WERE SHEARED OFF OF TREE TRUNKS.  THE TORNADO LIFTED SHORTLY AFTER DAMAGING A RESIDENCE...ITS OUTBUILDINGS AND SEVERAL TREES AND POWER POLES NEAR THE RESIDENCE 2 MILES SOUTH OF ENOSDALE.  THE RESIDENCE SUSTAINED DAMAGE TO ITS ROOF...SIDING AND WINDOWS...HOWEVER IT WAS SLIGHTLY MOVED OFF OF ITS FOUNDATION.  TREE TOPS AND POWER POLES WERE SNAPPED OFF AND THERE WAS AN EXTENSIVE DEBRIS FIELD AROUND THE RESIDENCE.  THERE WERE NO INJURIES REPORTED TO THE RESIDENTS.  THIS 1.5 MILE TRACK TORNADO WAS RATED AN EF-1 AND WAS 200 YARDS WIDE.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DAMAGE FROM THE MAY 5TH AND 6TH STORMS...PLEASE VISIT
WWW.WEATHER.GOV/TOPEKA

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE EF-SCALE...PLEASE VISIT
http://www.spc.noaa.gov/efscale/

Ottawa County Tornado #1 near Ottawa State Fishing Lake.

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Upper Left (Point A1): Tree and farmstead damage near intersection of Kiowa Road and 190th Road in east central Ottawa County.
Upper Right (Point A2): Mobile home destroyed near intersection of Kiowa Road and 190th Road in east central Ottawa County.
Bottom Left (Point A3): Camper rolled, truck and tree damage 4 miles N of Bennington off 190th Road in east central Ottawa County.
Bottom Right (Point A4): Demolished trailer near the intersection of 190th Road and Hwy 106 in east central Ottawa County.

Ottawa/Cloud County Tornado #2 that Crossed from Northeast Ottawa County into Southwest Cloud County. 

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Upper Left (Point A2): Significant damage to a row of cedar trees at Windmill Road between 220th and 230th in northeast Ottawa County.
Upper Right (Point B2): Barn destroyed and a portion of a roof was torn off of a home on 230th, north of Cloud Road, just north of the Ottawa/Cloud County line.
Bottom Left (Point B2): Roof was torn off a mobile home on the west side of Miltonvale in southeast Cloud County.
Bottom Right (Point C2): Grain bin tossed west of Miltonvale.
 
 
Damage Path across Ottawa and Cloud Counties
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Washington County tornado 2 miles south of the old town of Enosdale. 

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Upper Left (Point C): Zoomed out view of extensive tree damage around a residence.  Tree tops are sheared off from the trunk of the tree.
Upper Right (Point C): A group of trees that also had their tops sheared off, this is a couple hundred feet away from the residence shortly before the tornado lifted.
Bottom Left (Point C): A closer look at the tree damage near the residence and the debris field around the residence.
Bottom Right (Point C): A branch is blown through a screened window of an outbuilding.  More of the debris field is visible in the foreground.  This is also near the residence. 

Damage Path across Washington County
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A preliminary look at Storm Reports from May 5, 2007 can be found HERE.

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