Carter and Butler County, MO
Storm Assessment
April 24, 2002

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ABUS34 KPAH 252301
PNSPAH

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...RETRANSMISSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PADUCAH KY
550 PM CDT THU APR 25 2002
 
...PRELIMINARY TORNADO ASSESSMENT FOR CARTER AND BUTLER COUNTIES IN 
MISSOURI...

...*** DENOTES UPDATED INFORMATION...

ON APRIL 25TH 2002 A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER 
SERVICE IN PADUCAH KENTUCKY IS CONDUCTING A SURVEY OF STORM DAMAGE IN 
CARTER AND BUTLER COUNTIES IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI. THE FOLLOWING ARE 
THE PRELIMINARY FINDINGS OF THIS INVESTIGATION THAT IS ONGOING.

*  EVENT DATE:  24 APR 2002

*  EVENT TYPE: PRELIMINARY RESULTS REFLECT F4 TORNADO                
   DAMAGE                        

*  ESTIMATED MAX WIND SPEED: 210 MPH

*  PRELIMINARY ESTIMATED INITIAL TIME OF TOUCHDOWN...423PM  

*  DAMAGE PATH WIDTH: 650 YARDS...AT ONE OF ITS WIDEST POINTS

*  DAMAGE AREA: THE TORNADO DAMAGE PATH BEGAN ON THE WEST SIDE OF    
   VAN BUREN MISSOURI (CARTER COUNTY) RIGHT ON THE RIVER. THE        
   TORNADO THEN TRAVELED SOUTHEAST TO ELLSINORE AND THEN TO         
   WILBY...WHICH IS JUST NORTH OF POPLAR BLUFF. THE TORNADO          
   TRACKED ABOUT 2 AND 1/2 MILES WEST OF ROMBAUER...WHICH IS JUST 
   WEST OF HIGHWAY T. THE TORNADO TRAVELED CONTINUOUSLY ON THE      
   GROUND FOR ABOUT 38 MILES...BEFORE LIFTING. HOWEVER...THE TORNADO 
   THEN TOUCHED DOWN AGAIN BETWEEN HIGHWAY T AND HIGHWAY Z...ABOUT A 
   MILE SOUTHWEST OF ROMBAUER...AND ENDED AT HIGHWAY Z. 

*  DAMAGE PATH LENGTH: 38 MILES

***DAMAGE: APPROXIMATELY 6 HOMES COMPLETELY LEVELED...AT LEAST 2    
   OF THESE HOMES WERE LOCATED IN THE PINE CONE SUBDIVISION. EARLY   
   ESTIMATES SUGGEST THAT DAMAGE OCCURRED TO AT LEAST 130 HOMES IN  
   BUTLER COUNTY ALONE. 50 HOMES IN CARTER COUNTY ARE DAMAGED BEYOND
   REPAIR OR DESTROYED.

   A PRELIMINARY REPORT WAS PROVIDED TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER         
   SERVICE IN PADUCAH VIA THE STATE OF MISSOURI EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT 
   AGENCY. THIS REPORT STATED THAT THE AMERICAN RED CROSS REPORTED   
   THAT 30 HOMES WERE DESTROYED...16 ADDITIONAL HOMES HAVE MAJOR     
   DAMAGE AND 150 HOMES HAVE MINOR DAMAGE IN THE POPLAR BLUFF AREA   
   IN BUTLER COUNTY. AROUND 40 TO 50 HOMES WERE DESTROYED IN         
   ELLSINORE (CARTER COUNTY)...AND 7 BUSINESSES TOTALLY DESTROYED    
   WHICH MADE UP THE CORE OF THE TOWN. TWO BUSINESSES WERE SEVERELY  
   DAMAGED IN VAN BUREN.

***DAMAGE COST: 30 MILLION DOLLARS IN BUTLER COUNTY...FIGURE NOW
                INCLUDES DAMAGE IN THE MARK TWAIN NATIONAL FOREST. 
                CARTER COUNTY DAMAGE ESTIMATED AT 15 MILLION   
                DOLLARS.

*  INJURIES: THE TOTAL PHYSICAL INJURIES REQUIRING HOSPITAL CARE     
   THAT WERE DIRECTLY ATTRIBUTED TO THE STORM WAS 16...5 OF WHICH    
   WERE CRITICAL.

*  FATALITIES: NONE

*  ADDITIONAL FINDINGS: THE HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK ISSUED AT 436  
   PM CDT ON TUESDAY (APRIL 23RD) STATED THAT THERE WAS A SLIGHT     
   RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS OVER THE ENTIRE AREA DURING THE DAY  
   ON WEDNESDAY. IT ALSO STATED THAT A BROKEN LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS  
   ...POSSIBLY SEVERE...WILL LIKELY DEVELOP OVER SOUTHEAST MISSOURI  
   BY EARLY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. THE HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK       
   ISSUED AT 700 AM CDT ON WEDNESDAY (APRIL 24TH) STATED THAT A      
   SLIGHT RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CONTINUED OVER THE QUAD STATE 
   REGION THAT AFTERNOON AND EVENING. IT ALSO CONTINUED TO INDICATE  
   THAT A BROKEN LINE OF POSSIBLY SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WAS EXPECTED  
   TO FORM IN THE EARLY AFTERNOON HOURS OVER SOUTH CENTRAL MISSOURI. 
   AT 1222 PM CDT...AN UPDATED HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK WAS ISSUED. 
   IT STATED THAT THE THREAT FOR SEVERE WEATHER WOULD INCREASE       
   DRAMATICALLY IN THE AFTERNOON...AND THAT ISOLATED TORNADOES WERE  
   POSSIBLE. 

   THE PUBLIC FORECASTS ISSUED FROM 330 PM MONDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH  
   WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON CONTINUED TO FORECAST THUNDERSTORMS AND THE   
   POSSIBILITY FOR SOME OF THE THUNDERSTORMS TO BECOME SEVERE ON     
   WEDNESDAY.
 
   AT 230 PM CDT ON WEDNESDAY...THE STORM PREDICTION CENTER ISSUED A 
   TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN ILLINOIS...    
   AND SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEASTERN MISSOURI...VALID UNTIL 800 PM  
   CDT. THE DISCUSSION INCLUDED WITH THIS WATCH INDICATED THE        
   INCREASING POSSIBILITY FOR SUPERCELLS AND TORNADOES.

   AT 333 PM CDT...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PADUCAH ISSUED A  
   SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR CARTER COUNTY MISSOURI VALID      
   UNTIL 430 PM CDT. 

   AT 411 PM CDT...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PADUCAH ISSUED A  
   TORNADO WARNING FOR CARTER COUNTY MISSOURI VALID UNTIL 445 PM     
   CDT. 

   AT 433 PM CDT...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PADUCAH ISSUED A 
   TORNADO WARNING FOR NORTHERN BUTLER COUNTY MISSOURI VALID UNTIL    
   515 PM CDT. 

   AT 506 PM CDT...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PADUCAH ISSUED A
   SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR CARTER COUNTY MISSOURI VALID
   UNTIL 530 PM CDT.
    
   AT 513 PM CDT...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PADUCAH ISSUED A
   TORNADO WARNING FOR NORTHERN BUTLER COUNTY IN MISSOURI VALID 
   UNTIL 615 PM CDT. 

   AT 554 PM CDT...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PADUCAH ISSUED A 
   SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR BUTLER COUNTY MISSOURI VALID
   UNTIL 630 PM CDT.
  
PERSONNEL FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN PADUCAH REMAIN 
ON SITE IN CARTER AND BUTLER COUNTIES IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI AND 
CONTINUE TO ASSESS THE DAMAGE. FURTHER INFORMATION WILL BE PROVIDED 
AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE. 

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SLEIGHTER/ZAGORSKI/LAMM/SHANKLIN/POOLE



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