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Severe Storm Summary 04/27/2014

National Weather Service, Springfield, MO

Event Baxter Springs KS Tornado

April 27th, 2014 Baxter Springs Kansas Tornado

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Tornado tracks and damage contours are based on individual damage points and should not be expected to be fully accurate down to the neighborhood level.

 

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 4/27/2014 BAXTER SPRINGS TORNADO...

...UPDATE TO INCLUDE ADDITIONAL SURVEY INFORMATION.  PLEASE NOTE...
THIS STATEMENT ONLY INCLUDES INFORMATION ON THE KANSAS PORTION
OF THIS TORNADO TRACK...

A TEAM FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN SPRINGFIELD
MISSOURI CONDUCTED A STORM SURVEY IN BAXTER SPRINGS KANSAS ON
APRIL 28 2014...TO DETERMINE THE STRENGTH OF A TORNADO THAT STUCK
THE TOWN DURING THE EVENING OF APRIL 27.

AFTER PRODUCING DAMAGE IN THE TOWN OF QUAPAW OKLAHOMA...THE TORNADO
CROSSED THE STATE LINE INTO KANSAS AND MOVED INTO THE TOWN OF BAXTER
SPRINGS...PRODUCING A 150 YARD WIDE SWATH OF DAMAGE FROM
SOUTHWEST TO NORTHEAST THROUGH THE CENTER OF TOWN.  NUMEROUS
HOMES AND BUSINESSES WERE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED IN BAXTER SPRINGS...
AND 25 INJURIES WERE REPORTED. SEVERAL AREAS OF EF2 DAMAGE WERE
NOTED...WITH AREAS OF EF0 AND EF1 DAMAGE SURROUNDING THE
MORE SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE SWATH. WIND SPEEDS WERE ESTIMATED TO BE
BETWEEN 120 AND 130 MPH.

THE TORNADO LIFTED NEAR THE SPRING RIVER...JUST NORTHEAST OF TOWN.

.BAXTER SPRINGS KANSAS TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-2
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    130 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  4.25 MILES IN
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   150 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0 IN KANSAS
INJURIES:               25 IN BAXTER SPRINGS

START DATE:             04/27/2014
START TIME:             5:35 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         1.5 MILES SOUTHWEST OF BAXTER SPRINGS KANSAS
START LAT/LON:          37.0016/-94.7485

END DATE:               4/27/2014
END TIME:               5:42 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           2.5 MILES NORTHEAST OF BAXTER SPRINGS KANSAS
END_LAT/LON:            37.0519/-94.7164

EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES
INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES.

EF0...WEAK......65 TO 85 MPH
EF1...WEAK......86 TO 110 MPH
EF2...STRONG....111 TO 135 MPH
EF3...STRONG....136 TO 165 MPH
EF4...VIOLENT...166 TO 200 MPH
EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH

NOTE:

THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT
TO CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT AND PUBLICATION
IN NWS STORM DATA.

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