Creston Tornado rated as strong EF 2

April 15, 2012 0 Comments

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA
422 PM CDT SUN APR 15 2012

…FINAL DAMAGE SURVEY RESULTS FOR CRESTON…

…CRESTON TORNADO RATED AS A STRONG EF2…

THE FOLLOWING IS A FINAL ASSESSMENT FOR THE DAMAGE THAT OCCURRED OVER
CRESTON ON APRIL 14, 2012.

* EVENT DATE: APRIL 14, 2012

* ESTIMATED START TIME: 6:55PM

* EVENT TYPE: (EF2) TORNADO

* EVENT LOCATION: NORTHWEST CRESTON

* PEAK WIND: 130 MPH

* AVERAGE PATH WIDTH: APPROXIMATELY 600 YARDS THROUGH CRESTON

* PATH LENGTH: 14 MILES

* INJURIES: 10 (PRELIMINARY)

* FATALITIES: 0 (PRELIMINARY)

* DISCUSSION/DAMAGE: THE TORNADO BEGAN ABOUT ONE AND A HALF MILES
EAST OF CROMWELL AND TRACKED NORTHEASTWARD THROUGH THE FAR
NORTHWEST PORTION OF CRESTON. THE CRESTON MEDICAL CLINIC AND
SOUTHWESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE SUSTAINED EF2 DAMAGE…WITH THE
WORST DAMAGE OCCURRING TO THE GREEN HILLS EDUCATIONAL CENTER.
THE TORNADO CONTINUED TRACKING NORTHEAST AND DAMAGED A FEW
FARMSTEADS NORTHEAST OF CRESTON. THE TORNADO DISSIPATED TEN MILES
NORTHEAST OF CRESTON.

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FOR REFERENCE…THE ENHANCED FUJITA TORNADO SCALE CLASSIFIES
TORNADOES INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

EF0…WIND SPEEDS 65 TO 85 MPH.
EF1…WIND SPEEDS 86 TO 110 MPH.
EF2…WIND SPEEDS 111 TO 135 MPH.
EF3…WIND SPEEDS 136 TO 165 MPH.
EF4…WIND SPEEDS 166 TO 200 MPH.
EF5…WIND SPEEDS GREATER THAN 200 MPH.

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