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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GOODLAND KS
445 PM MDT SAT MAY 18 2019 /545 PM CDT SAT MAY 18 2019/

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 05/17/19 TORNADO EVENT...

.OVERVIEW...A SIGNIFICANT SEVERE WEATHER ABOUT BREAK OCCURRED ON
THE EVENING OF FRIDAY, MAY 17TH. A SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORM
DEVELOPED OVER SHERMAN COUNTY IN NORTHWESTERN KANSAS AND CONTINUED
NORTHEAST THROUGH THE NWS GOODLAND SERVICE AREA BEFORE EXITING THE
AREA IN NORTHERN RED WILLOW COUNTY. THE STORM PERSISTED THROUGHOUT
A LARGE PORTION OF THE NWS NORTH PLATTE SERVICE AREA AS WELL. SEE
THE NWS NORTH PLATTE WEBSITE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON
SURVEYS.

THROUGHOUT THE STORM'S TIME IN THE NWS GOODLAND SERVICE AREA, THE
STORM PRODUCED LARGE AMOUNTS OF HAIL, INCLUDING REPORTS OF 2 TO 3
INCHES IN DIAMETER. IN ADDITION, THERE WERE OTHER REPORTS OF
TORNADOES.

.TORNADO #1...

RATING:                 EF-2
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    120 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  6 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   350 YARDS 
FATALITIES: 0 
INJURIES: 0

START DATE:             MAY 17 2019
START TIME:             5:55 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         4 ESE CULBERTSON IN RED WILLOW COUNTY
START LAT/LON:          40.203410/-100.760441

END DATE:               MAY 17 2019
END TIME:               6:01 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           6 NW MCCOOK IN RED WILLOW COUNTY
END_LAT/LON:            40.269455/-100.686672

SURVEY SUMMARY:
A TORNADO OCCURRED ON FRIDAY EVENING, MAY 17TH, IN RED WILLOW
COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST NEBRASKA. THE TORNADO BEGAN JUST SOUTH OF
HIGHWAY 34 ALONG THE RED WILLOW AND HITCHCOCK COUNTY LINE. THE
TORNADO MOVED NORTH-NORTHEAST ACROSS RED WILLOW COUNTY BEFORE
ENDING NORTHWEST OF MCCOOK. THE TORNADO STRUCK A FARM AND THIS IS
WHERE THE MOST INTENSE DAMAGE WAS DONE. OTHERWISE, DAMAGE
CONSISTED OF SPORADIC TREE LIMBS DOWN, SOME BARBED WIRE FENCES
KNOCKED OVER, IRRIGATION PIVOTS OVERTURNED, AND MINOR LOSS OF 
METAL ROOFING.

THE PRIMARY DAMAGE OCCURRED WHEN THE TORNADO MOVED ACROSS A FARM.
THE TORNADO ENTERED THE PROPERTY FROM THE SOUTHWEST, WHERE IT WENT
THROUGH A WIND BREAK AND SNAPPED NUMEROUS HARD WOOD AND SOFT WOOD
TREES. THE STORM ALSO DESTROYED 6 GRAIN BINS, 5 FARM OUTBUILDINGS,
AND PRODUCED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO A HOUSE. THE EF-2 RATING IS A
DIRECT RESULT OF THE HOUSE DAMAGE, WHICH CONSISTED OF A FEW
COLLAPSED EXTERIOR BRICK WALLS, UPLIFT OR REMOVAL OF HALF OF THE
STRUCTURE'S ROOF, AND COMPLETE REMOVAL OF THE GARAGE. ADDITIONAL
DAMAGE INCLUDED SHATTERED WINDOWS TO THE HOUSE AND VEHICLES,
DAMAGE TO A COMBINE DUE TO BEING STRUCK BY A GRAIN BIN, DAMAGE TO
FENCES, AND OTHER TREES WITH LOSSES TO BRANCHES. 

OTHER TORNADOES OCCURRED ACROSS NORTHERN RAWLINS COUNTY, 
SOUTHEASTERN HITCHCOCK COUNTY, AND EXTREME NORTHERN RED WILLOW 
COUNTY. HOWEVER, NO DAMAGE WAS FOUND TO RATE TORNADOES AND 
ESTIMATE TORNADO PATHS AND WIDTHS. 


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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