Sand Springs Tornado Rated EF2 by NWS Tulsa (3-27-2015)


A EF2 tornado hits areas from Keystone Lake to just SW of Sand Springs, OK on the evening of Wednesday, March 25th. Here’s the write up from NWS Tulsa.

SAND SPRINGS TORNADO…

RATING: EF-2
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 125 TO 135 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 9 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 800 YARDS
FATALITIES: 1
INJURIES: 30
START DATE: MARCH 25 2015
START TIME: 525 PM CDT
START LOCATION: 6.3 W POGUE AIRPORT / OSAGE COUNTY / OK
START LAT/LON: 36.1752 / -96.2670

END DATE: MARCH 25 2015
END TIME: 538 PM CDT
END LOCATION: 0.6 SW OF SAND SPRINGS / TULSA COUNTY / OK
END LAT/LON: 36.1332 / -96.1167

SURVEY SUMMARY: A TORNADO DEVELOPED OVER KEYSTONE LAKE IN OSAGE COUNTY AND MOVED EAST SOUTHEAST ACROSS HIGHWAY 412 NEAR THE BRIDGE. IT DAMAGED RANCH HOUSES AND BARNS AS WELL AS A CHURCH ON 209TH WEST AVE. THE TORNADO MOVED SOUTHEAST DAMAGING SEVERAL HOMES ON 193RD WEST AVE AND CROSSED HIGHWAY 412 WHERE IT BLEW OVER A SEMI TRACTOR TRAILER. LARGE UTILITY POLES WERE SNAPPED SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 412 AND A DOUGHNUT BUSINESS WAS DESTROYED AT 177TH WEST AVE.

THE TORNADO CONTINUED SOUTHEAST ACROSS THE ARKANSAS RIVER THEN MOVED EASTWARD ACROSS RIVER OAKS ESTATES MOBILE HOME PARK WHERE NUMEROUS HOMES WERE DESTROYED…RESULTING IN ONE FATALITY AND 30 INJURIES. THE TORNADO CROSSED THE RIVER AGAIN AS IT HEADED TOWARD SAND SPRINGS WHERE IT DISSIPATED JUST BEFORE HIGHWAY 97.

NUMEROUS TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED ALONG THE PATH AND MANY POWER POLES WERE SNAPPED. THE SURVEY TEAM ALSO ASSESSED EXTENSIVE WIND DAMAGE FURTHER TO THE EAST ON CHARLES PAGE BLVD. A BROAD AREA OF WIND DAMAGE GENERALLY FROM THE NORTH TO SOUTH CAUSED SHINGLE DAMAGE AND MINOR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO MANY HOMES…UPROOTED NUMEROUS TREES…AND DAMAGED BUSINESSES. THE NORTH FACING WALL OF A GYMNASTICS FACILITY HAD THE NORTH FACING WALL COLLAPSE INWARD…RESULTING IN THE ROOF COLLAPSING IN THAT PORTION OF THE BUILDING. SEVENTY FIVE CHILDREN WERE IN THE FACILITY AT THE TIME AND WERE TAKEN TO UNDERGROUND SHELTER BEFORE THE WIND STRUCK THE BUILDING. ESTIMATED WIND IN THIS AREA WAS AROUND 100 MPH.

Below is a series of radar images from NWS Tulsa showing the tornado on radar.
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