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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SPRINGFIELD MO
254 AM CST SUN MAR 19 2006

...UPDATE ON MARCH 12TH 2006 TORNADO SURVEYS...
...UPDATED TO INCLUDE 2ND STORM RELATED FATALITY...

HERE ARE SOME UPDATED STATISTICS ON THE MARTH 12TH TORNADO
OUTBREAK...THESE NUMBERS MAY STILL BE UPDATED AS ADDITIONAL
INFORMATION IS GATHERED. IN THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SPRINGFIELD
COUNTY WARNING AREA:

NUMBER OF TORNADOS: 13 (INCLUDING 3 F0`S, 4 F1`S, 3 F2`S, AND 3 F3`S)
NUMBER OF FATALITIES: 2
NUMBER OF INJURIES: 35
NUMBER OF HOMES DESTROYED: 202
NUMBER OF HOMES DAMAGED: 366 (NOT INCLUDING THOSE DESTROYED)

HERE IS A RUNDOWN OF THE PRELIMINARY STATISTICS FROM FOR EACH OF THE
13 TORNADO TRACKS THAT HAVE BEEN SURVEYED:

1) AT APPROXIMATELY 400 PM A TORNADO MOVED INTO EXTREME NORTHWEST
BENTON COUNTY FROM HENRY COUNTY BEFORE MOVING BACK NORTH OUT OF THE
COUNTY AND INTO PETTIS COUNTY. THE DAMAGE IN BENTON COUNTY WAS RATED
F1 INTENSITY ON THE FUJITA SCALE. THE TORNADO MOVED INTO BENTON
COUNTY AROUND 405 PM AND MOVED OUT OF THE COUNTY AT APPROXIMATELY
410 PM. TOTAL PATH LENGTH IN BENTON COUNTY WAS ABOUT 5 MILES WITH A
MAXIMUM WIDTH OF ABOUT 200 YARDS.

2) AT APPROXIMATELY 847 PM THE SECOND TORNADO TOUCH DOWN OCCURRED IN
SOUTHERN VERNON COUNTY NEAR THE TOWN OF SHELDON. THIS TORNADO MOVED
NORTHEAST ACROSS NORTHWEST CEDAR COUNTY AND INTO SOUTH CENTRAL ST.
CLAIR COUNTY WITH DAMAGE TRACKED TO ABOUT 3 MILES SOUTH OF VISTA IN
ST. CLAIR COUNTY. ADDITIONAL DAMAGE SURVEYS WILL BE CONDUCTED
THURSDAY NORTHEAST OF THIS AREA TO DETERMINE WHERE EXACTLY THIS
TORNADO LIFTED. THIS TORNADO WAS ON THE GROUND FOR APPROXIMATELY 38
MILES WITH A MAXIMUM WIDTH OF NEARLY A 1/4 MILE. THE DAMAGE
ASSESSMENT INDICATES THAT THE MAXIMUM INTENSITY OF THIS TORNADO WAS
F2 ON THE FUJITA SCALE JUST SOUTH OF EL DORADO SPRINGS.

3) AT APPROXIMATELY 855 PM THE THIRD TORNADO TOUCHDOWN OF THE DAY
WAS SPAWNED FROM THE SAME SUPERCELL WHICH PRODUCED TORNADO NUMBER 2.
THIS NEXT TORNADO WAS A BRIEF TOUCHED JUST NORTH OF MONTEVALLO AND
PRODUCED F1 INTENSITY DAMAGE ON THE FUJITA SCALE. THIS TORNADO WAS
ON THE GROUND FOR ABOUT 1 MILE WITH A MAXIMUM WIDTH OF AROUND 200
YARDS.

4) AT APPROXIMATELY 918 PM THE NEXT TORNADO TO TOUCH DOWN ON MARCH
12TH WAS IN BARTON COUNTY NEAR BOSTON. THERE WAS AN INTERMITTENT
DAMAGE TRACK FROM BARTON COUNTY NORTHEAST ACROSS
DADE...CEDAR...POLK...AND HICKORY COUNTY. THIS TORNADO WAS ON THE
GROUND FOR APPROXIMATELY 40 MILES WITH A MAXIMUM INTENSITY OF F0 ON
THE FUJITA SCALE AND A MAXIMUM WIDTH OF APPROXIMATELY 30 YARDS.

5) AT APPROXIMATELY 922 PM THE NEXT TORNADO TO TOUCH DOWN WAS IN
NEWTON COUNTY. THIS TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN APPROXIMATELY 6 MILES
SOUTHEAST OF SENECA AND MOVED NORTHEASTWARD LIFTING 3 MILES
SOUTHWEST OF NEOSHO. THIS TORNADO WAS ON THE GROUND FOR
APPROXIMATELY 7 MILES WITH A MAXIMUM WIDTH OF 1/8TH OF A MILE AND
HAD A MAXIMUM INTENSITY OF F1 ON THE FUJITA SCALE.

6) AT APPROXIMATELY 938 PM THE SAME STORM THAT SPAWNED TORNADO
NUMBER 5 IN NEWTON COUNTY WENT ON TO PRODUCE AN ADDITIONAL F0
TORNADO SHORTLY AFTER THE FIRST TORNADO LIFTED. THIS TORNADO TOUCHED
DOWN APPROXIMATELY 1/2 MILE WEST OF NEOSHO AND WAS ON THE GROUND FOR
1/10TH OF A MILE.

7) THE NEXT TORNADO TO TOUCH DOWN WAS IN LAWRENCE COUNTY AT
APPROXIMATELY 1008 PM AND WAS SPAWNED BY THE SAME SUPERCELL WHICH
PRODUCED THE TORNADOES IN NEWTON COUNTY. THIS TORNADO BEGAN ITS PATH
JUST NORTH OF VERONA IN LAWRENCE COUNTY AND CONTINUED
EAST-NORTHEASTWARD THROUGH NORTHWESTERN CHRISTIAN AND SOUTHEASTERN
GREENE COUNTIES LIFTING JUST WEST OF THE WEBSTER GREENE COUNTY LINE
BETWEEN A HIGHWAY AND AD HIGHWAY. THIS TORNADO WAS ON THE GROUND FOR
APPROXIMATELY 40 MILES WITH A MAXIMUM WIDTH OF 1/2 MILE. THE MOST
INTENSE DAMAGE WITH THIS STORM OCCURRED BETWEEN NIXA AND BILLINGS
AND THIS TORNADO WAS RATED WITH A MAXIMUM INTENSITY OF F3 ON THE
FUJITA SCALE.

8) AT APPROXIMATELY 1017 PM THE NEXT TORNADO TOUCH DOWN OCCURRED IN
HICKORY COUNTY 5 MILES WEST OF PITTSBURG AND CONTINUED ON THE GROUND
TO 3 MILES EAST OF HERMITAGE. THIS TORNADO WAS ON THE GROUND FOR
APPROXIMATELY 9 MILES AND HAD A MAXIMUM WIDTH OF 1/4 MILE. THE
MAXIMUM INTENSITY OF THIS TORNADO WAS F3 ON THE FUJITA SCALE.

9) THE NEXT TORNADO TO TOUCH DOWN WAS IN MORGAN COUNTY AROUND 1025
PM APPROXIMATELY 3 MILES SOUTHWEST OF GRAVOIS MILLS. THIS TORNADO
WAS ON THE GROUND FOR ABOUT 6 MILES WITH A MAXIMUM WIDTH OF
APPROXIMATELY 3/8TH OF A MILE. THE MAXIMUM INTENSITY OF THIS TORNADO
WAS RATED F2 ON THE FUJITA SCALE.

10) THE NEXT TORNADO TO AFFECT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
SPRINGFIELD`S COUNTY WARNING AREA WAS IN SOUTHERN STONE COUNTY AT
AROUND 1057 PM. THE TORNADO CROSSED THE STATE LINE FROM CARROLL
COUNTY ARKANSAS INTO SOUTHERN STONE COUNTY AND MOVED INTO SOUTHERN
STONE COUNTY 1 MILE EAST SOUTHEAST OF CARR LANE AND TRAVELED
NORTHEASTWARD FOR 3 MILES INTO STONE COUNTY. THE PATH WAS
APPROXIMATELY 100 YARDS WIDE WITH A MAXIMUM INTENSITY OF F1.

11) AT 1103 PM...THE NEXT TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN WEBSTER COUNTY
APPROXIMATELY 3 MILES NORTHWEST OF FORDLAND AND CONTINUED
NORTHEASTWARD FOR APPROXIMATELY 11 MILES LIFTING NORTH OF DIGGINS.
THIS TORNADO WAS RATED AN F2 INTENSITY ON THE FUJITA SCALE AND HAD A
MAXIMUM WIDTH OF APPROXIMATELY 1/4 MILE.

12) ANOTHER TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN AT APPROXIMATELY 1120 PM ABOUT 5
MILES NORTH OF DIGGINS AND CONTINUED NORTHEASTWARD INTO WRIGHT
COUNTY EVENTUALLY LIFTING AFTER CROSSING INTO SOUTHEAST LACLEDE
COUNTY NEAR COMPETITION. THIS TORNADO WAS ON THE GROUND FOR
APPROXIMATELY 31 MILES WITH A MAXIMUM WIDTH SLIGHTLY LARGER THAN 1/2
MILE WIDE. THE MAXIMUM INTENSITY WAS RATED F3 ON THE FUJITA SCALE.

13) THE FINAL CONFIRMED TORNADO TOUCHDOWN OF THE MARCH 12TH OUTBREAK
TOUCHED DOWN ABOUT 2 MILES WEST OF COLE CAMP IN NORTHERN BENTON
COUNTY AND MOVED NORTHEAST ACROSS HIGHWAY JJ TWICE. THE TORNADO
CONTINUED NORTHEAST AND EVENTUALLY MOVED INTO FAR NORTHERN MORGAN
COUNTY JUST SOUTH OF FLORENCE. THE DAMAGE INDICATES THAT THE TORNADO
WAS AN F0 ON THE FUJITA SCALE WITH A 17 MILE INTERMITENT PATH AND A
MAXIMUM WIDTH OF 175 YARDS.

HERE IS THE FUJITA SCALE:

F0: GALE TORNADO (40-72 MPH)
F1: MODERATE TORNADO (73-122 MPH)
F2: SIGNIFICANT TORNADO (113-157 MPH)
F3: SEVERE TORNADO (158-206 MPH)
F4: DEVASTATING TORNADO (207-260 MPH)
F5: INCREDIBLE TORNADO (260-318 MPH)

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE MANY PEOPLE WHO
HAVE HELPED IN THE STORM SURVEY PROCESS.


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