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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AMARILLO TX  
514 PM CDT WED MAY 17 2017  
   
..NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 05/16/17 WHEELER COUNTY TORNADOES
 
 
   
TORNADO #1: LELA 6 NNW TORNADO
 
 
RATING: EF-1  
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 90 MPH  
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 0.25 MILES  
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 50 YARDS  
FATALITIES: 0  
INJURIES: 0  
 
START DATE: MAY 16TH, 2017  
START TIME: 5:16 PM CDT  
START LOCATION: 6 NNW LELA  
START LAT/LON: 35.31/-100.38  
 
END DATE: MAY 16TH, 2017  
END TIME: 5:17 PM CDT  
END LOCATION: 6 NNW LELA  
LAT/LION: 35.31/-100.38  
 
BRIEF TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN AND CAUSE TREE DAMAGE AND DAMAGE TO A  
POWERLINE OFF OF COUNTY ROAD 9 IN RURAL WHEELER COUNTY.  
   
TORNADO #2: WHEELER TORNADO
 
 
RATING: EF-2  
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 130 MPH  
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 9.1 MILES  
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 1250 YARDS  
FATALITIES: 0  
INJURIES: 0  
 
START DATE: MAY 16TH, 2017  
START TIME: 5:25 PM CDT  
START LOCATION: 5 SSW WHEELER  
START LAT/LON: 35.37/-100.29  
 
END DATE: MAY 16TH, 2017  
END TIME: 5:44 PM CDT  
END LOCATION: 6 ENE WHEELER  
LAT/LION: 35.46/-100.17  
 
TORNADO STARTED 5 SSW OF WHEELER OVER THE NORTH FORK OF THE RED  
RIVER. THE TORNADO CAUSED SIGNIFICANT TREE DAMAGE INCLUDING  
SNAPPING OF MANY TRUNKS AND UPROOTING OF SEVERAL TREES BEFORE  
IMPACTING A FARM 4 SSW OF WHEELER. A DOUBLEWIDE MOBILE HOME WAS  
COMPLETELY DESTROYED WITH DEBRIS REMOVED FROM THE FOUNDATION  
HUNDREDS OF YARDS. THE UNDERSTRUCTURES OF THE DOUBLE WIDE WERE  
FOUND 100-150 YARDS AWAY AND WERE SIGNIFICANTLY DAMAGED. SEVERAL  
OTHER PROPERTIES WERE DAMAGED INCLUDING MULTIPLE AREAS WITH LARGE  
NUMBERS OF POWER LINES SNAPPED NEAR THEIR BASE. A COTTON STRIPPER  
WAS LAID ON ITS SIDE AND A TRUCK WAS TOSSED NEARLY 200 YARDS. A  
HORSE TRAILER WAS LOFTED FROM A FARM SE OF WHEELER AND HAD NOT YET  
BEEN FOUND. THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO DO TREE DAMAGE AND SPORADIC  
DAMAGE TO HOLDING TANKS AND OIL EQUIPMENT BEFORE LIFTING 6 ENE OF  
WHEELER.  
 
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 EVENTS AND PUBLICATION IN  
NWS STORM DATA.  
 

 
 
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