National Weather Service releases ratings for Thursday night’s tornadoes

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The National Weather Service has completed its damage surveys following Thursday (5/23) night’s tornadoes. They have rated the twisters that moved through the northeast Panhandles and Harper County as EF2 and EF3

Follett to Laverne

According to the Amarillo and Norman NWS offices, the tornado that destroyed a home in northwest Ellis County and continued to Laverne began just before 8:30 PM three miles north-northeast of Follet and crossed into Beaver County, damaging trees, fences, and power poles. Based on the damage, the Amarillo office rates it an EF2 with peak winds 115 mph as it moved through Lipscomb and Beaver counties. Immediately after crossing into far northwest Ellis County, the tornado destroyed a home and carried a pickup truck to the northeast for over a quarter mile. The tornado continued into Harper County, damaging numerous power poles and trees. The last damage was found about five miles south-southwest of Laverne and is estimated to have lifted just before 9 o’clock . The Norman office rates it as an EF3 with peak winds 145-150 mph, based on the damage they found. The tornado traveled almost 16 miles and was nearly a mile wide.

Near Wolf Creek Park

An earlier tornado in the Texas Panhandle that is being rated as an EF2 began just after 7 o’clock 12 miles south-southwest of Wolf Creek Park in Roberts County and was on the ground for about a half hour, ending about 10 miles east-southeast of Wolf Creek Park. Two manufactured homes being transported by truck were blown off Highway 83 in addition to damage to oil/natural gas field equipment, trees and power poles. The tornado was on the ground for just over 14 miles, reached a half mile wide. and had winds reaching 115 mph.

More Severe Weather this weekend

The threat for severe weather continues across the Tri-State area through the Memorial Day Weekend. Keep your radio on K-101, or listen with your Google Home smart speaker by saying “Listen to K101, Woodward”. When severe weather breaks out, K-101 breaks in.


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