Quapaw, OK/Baxter Springs, KS Tornado Rated EF-2 (4-28-2014)


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(Map above courtesy of NWS Tulsa, showing damage path from Quapaw, OK/Baxter Springs, KS Tornado)

Here’s the damage survey from this deadly tornado that hit Quapaw, OK and Baxter Springs, KS on Sunday, April 27th,2014. Information is subject to change.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TULSA OK 840 PM CDT MON APR 28 2014

…NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 04/27/14
TORNADO EVENT… .QUAPAW TORNADO…

RATING: EF-2 ESTIMATED
PEAK WIND: 115 TO 125 MPH

PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 7 MILES

PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 325 YARDS

FATALITIES: 1 INJURIES: 12 (IN QUAPAW)
START DATE: APRIL 27 2014 START TIME: 529 PM CDT
START LOCATION: 3.4 SW QUAPAW / OTTAWA COUNTY / OK
START LAT/LON: 36.9120 / -94.8215 END DATE: APRIL 27 2014
END TIME: 536 PM CDT END LOCATION: 3.7 NE QUAPAW / OTTAWA COUNTY / OK END LAT/LON: 36.9987 / -94.7515

SURVEY SUMMARY: NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TULSA METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED TORNADO DAMAGE IN AND AROUND QUAPAW, OKLAHOMA, TODAY. THE TORNADO APPARENTLY BEGAN OVER OPEN COUNTRY SOUTHWEST OF A RANCH HOME 3.4 MILES SOUTHWEST OF QUAPAW. THE FIRST DAMAGE FROM THE TORNADO WAS THAT RANCH HOME…WHICH LOST NUMEROUS SHINGLES…A NEARBY BARN WAS DAMAGED…A MOBILE HOME HAD SIDING REMOVED…AND LARGE TREE LIMBS WERE SNAPPED IN THIS AREA. THE TORNADO MOVED NORTHEAST AND SNAPPED SEVERAL POWER POLES AND HARDWOOD TREES. BASED ON PHOTOGRAPHS…THE TORNADO HAD VERY LITTLE CONDENSATION ASSOCIATED WITH IT UNTIL IT NEARED HIGHWAY 69A JUST OUTSIDE OF QUAPAW…WHERE IT SNAPPED TREES AND DESTROYED A BARN. THE TORNADO THEN MOVED INTO THE TOWN…WHERE IT SEVERELY DAMAGED SEVERAL METAL BUILDING STRUCTURES…INCLUDING THE FIRE STATION. NUMEROUS HOMES WERE SEVERELY DAMAGED…SEVERAL OF WHICH HAD THEIR ROOFS BLOWN OFF. SEVERAL BUILDINGS IN TOWN WERE DESTROYED.

TWO PEOPLE WERE IN A VEHICLE THAT THEY PARKED RIGHT UP AGAINST ONE OF THOSE BUILDINGS…IN AN ATTEMPT TO SHELTER THEMSELVES FROM THE APPROACHING TORNADO. THE BRICK AND CONCRETE WALLS OF THE BUILDING COLLAPSED ON TOP OF THE VEHICLE…CRUSHING IT AND KILLING A 68 YEAR OLD MALE AND INJURING A FEMALE. SEVERAL OTHER VEHICLES IN THIS AREA WERE DAMAGED FROM FLYING DEBRIS. ABOUT A DOZEN INJURIES OCCURRED IN TOWN…SEVEN OF WHICH WERE SERIOUS ENOUGH TO WARRANT BEING TRANSPORTED TO MEDICAL FACILITIES. NUMEROUS TREES AND POWER POLES WERE SNAPPED. THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO MOVE NORTHEAST FROM QUAPAW…SNAPPING NUMEROUS TREES AND POWER POLES…AND DAMAGING HOMES AND OUTBUILDINGS. THE ENDING POINT NOTED ABOVE IS WHERE IT CROSSED INTO KANSAS.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN SPRINGFIELD SURVEYED THE DAMAGE FOR THE KANSAS SEGMENT OF THIS TORNADO AND CONCLUDED THAT THE TORNADO WAS ON THE GROUND FOR ANOTHER 4.25 MILES. THE KANSAS SEGMENT OF THIS TORNADO WAS ALSO RATED EF-2 DUE TO DAMAGE THAT OCCURRED IN AND AROUND BAXTER SPRINGS.

…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 STRUCK 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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