Watford City EF-2

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BISMARCK ND
1235 PM CDT TUE MAY 27 2014 /1135 AM MDT TUE MAY 27 2014/

…NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 05/27/2014 TORNADO EVENT NEAR WATFORD
CITY…

.THIS IS A PRELIMINARY DAMAGE ASSESSMENT…MORE DETAILS WILL
FOLLOW LATER.

.TORNADO 5 MILES SOUTH OF WATFORD CITY…

RATING:                 EF-2
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    120 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  0.5 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   100 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               9

THE NUMBER OF FATALITIES AND INJURIES WAS BASED ON INFORMATION
FROM MCKENZIE COUNTY EMERGENCY OFFICIALS.

START DATE:             MAY_26_2014
START TIME:             746_PM_CDT
START LOCATION:   5S WATFORD CITY/MCKENZIE COUNTY
START LAT/LON:       47.7083/-103.283

END DATE:               MAY_26_2014
END TIME:               756_PM_CDT
END LOCATION:     5S WATFORD CITY/MCKENZIE COUNTY
END_LAT/LON:       47.7078/-103.2731

BASED ON THE DAMAGE SURVEYED…THE ABOVE EF RATING AND ESTIMATED
PEAK WIND SPEED WERE ASSIGNED TO THIS TORNADO. FIFTEEN TRAILER HOMES
WERE EITHER SEVERELY DAMAGED OR COMPLETELY DESTROYED. ALSO CONTRIBUTING
TO THE RATING WAS A SNAPPED POWER LINE POLE.

BASED ON EYE WITNESS ACCOUNTS…THERE WAS A POSSIBLE SECOND BRIEF
TORNADO IN THE SAME GENERAL AREA. THIS HAS NOT YET BEEN DETERMINED
DEFINITIVELY.

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.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE RESIDENTS
IMPACTED BY THE TORNADO…AND THEIR WILLINGNESS TO SHARE THEIR EYE
WITNESS ACCOUNTS. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO
THANK THE MCKENZIE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND SHERIFF
DEPARTMENT FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE WITH THE DAMAGE SURVEY AT THE
SCENE.

NWS BISMARCK