Sunday, July 28, 2013

Storms produced an EF1 tornado near Wagoner

By STAFF REPORTS on Jul 26, 2013, at 8:15 PM??

The National Weather Service confirmed Friday that an EF1 tornado touched down three miles west of Wagoner and traveled about 3 1/2 miles to the southeast during storms that moved through the Tulsa area late Tuesday and early Wednesday.

The twister was part of a line of thunderstorms that produced 60-80 mph straight line winds. The northeast Oklahoma storms left severe damage in their path.

NWS meteorologist Peter Snyder said the debris path made it evident that a tornado struck the area. A travel trailer was blown 35 yards to the north, northeast, which was the opposite direction damage was found from straight-line winds in the storm, Snyder said.

?A tornado becomes pretty apparent when it?s been on the ground three miles,? he said.

Snyder said the tornadic winds topped out at 90-100 miles per hour. The tornado produced roof and siding damage to homes, snapped trees and destroyed two storage buildings, he said.

?Whether you have tornado winds at 90 mph or straight line winds at 90 mph... basically, they are very, very strong winds,? Snyder said. ?But this did produce a tornado.?


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