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NOUS43 KDDC 181551  
PNSDDC  
KSZ030-031-043>046-061>066-074>081-084>090-191545-  
 
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DODGE CITY KS  
1045 AM CDT THU MAY 18 2017  
   
..NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 5/16/2017 TORNADO EVENT
 
   
..UPDATED FOR NEW INFORMATION ON CLARK COUNTY TORNADO
 
 
   
OVERVIEW
 
SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPED DURING THE AFTERNOON  
HOURS ON 16 MAY AND PRODUCED  
HAIL UP TO THREE INCHES IN DIAMETER AND TWO TORNADOES IN SOUTHWEST  
KANSAS.  
   
CLARK COUNTY TORNADO
 
 
RATING: EF-1  
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 85 MPH  
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 4.0 MILES  
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 50 YARDS  
FATALITIES: 0  
INJURIES: 0  
START DATE: MAY_16_2017  
START TIME: 549 PM CDT  
START LOCATION: 5 S MINNEOLA/CLARK COUNTY  
 
END DATE: MAY_16_2017  
END TIME: 558 PM CDT  
END LOCATION: 5 SE MINNEOLA/CLARK COUNTY  
 
THIS WAS A WEAK, NARROW TORNADO FOLLOWED BY VERY STRONG REAR FLANK  
DOWNDRAFT WINDS.  
 
.PAWNEE AND BARTON COUNTIES TORNADO  
 
RATING: EF-3  
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 165 MPH  
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 27 MILES  
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 300 YARDS  
FATALITIES: 0  
INJURIES: 2  
 
START DATE: 05_16_2017  
START TIME: 759 PM CDT  
START LOCATION: 4 E LARNED/PAWNEE COUNTY  
 
END DATE: 05_16_2017  
END TIME: 840 PM CDT  
END LOCATION: 2 NW HOISINGTON/BARTON COUNTY  
 
INITIALLY THIS TORNADO STARTED EAST OF LARNED IN PAWNEE COUNTY AND  
TRACKED FIVE MILES NORTHEAST. THIS TORNADO CONTINUED TO TRACK 22  
MILES IN BARTON COUNTY. EF-3 DAMAGE WAS FOUND WEST AND NORTHWEST OF  
THE GREAT BEND AIRPORT. PAWNEE ROCK RECEIVED EF-2 DAMAGE.  
 
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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