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Public Information Statement

Statement as of 6:35 PM CDT on September 02, 2014


... NWS damage survey for 09/01/2014 tornado and wind event...

... Two tornadoes touch down in Cowley and Chautauqua counties in
Kansas during the evening of September 1st 2014...

Supercell thunderstorms developed across extreme southern Kansas
during the evening hours of September 1st 2014. The supercells
began over Cowley County Kansas with some areas receiving hail as
large as three inches in diameter. A trunk like tornado eventually
developed south of Dexter Kansas and tracked east for about 4 miles
eventually lifting north of the intersection of Highway 166 and
k-15. This tornado did not produce any damage. A second tornado
developed about 2 miles southwest of Cedar Vale and tracked
southeast for about 8 miles... eventually causing EF1 damage north of
Hewins. This tornado eventually lifted near Hewins Kansas but the
supercell continued to the southeast and produced damaging straight
line winds in Elgin Kansas.



.Tornado #1...

Rating: EF-0
estimated peak wind: 70 mph
path length /statute/: 4 miles
path width /maximum/: 100 yards
fatalities: none
injuries: none

Start date: Sep 01 2014
start time: 808 PM CDT
start location: 4 miles south of Dexter

End date: Sep 01 2014
end time: 817 PM CDT
end location: 6 miles south/southeast of Dexter/Cowley/Kansas



.Tornado #2...

Rating: EF-1
estimated peak wind: 97 mph
path length /statute/: 8 miles
path width /maximum/: 100 yards
fatalities: none
injuries: none

Start date: Sep 01 2014
start time: 825 PM CDT
start location: 1.5 miles South Cedar Vale/Chautauqua/Kansas

End date: Sep 01 2014
end time: 840 PM CDT
end location: 8 miles west/northwest of Elgin/Chautauqua/Kansas
lat/lon: 37.0469/-96.4080

*survey summary: tornado #2 was on the ground for around 15 minutes
across mainly open country. Damage was sustained to a couple of
outbuildings and barns... one mile north of Hewins Kansas... or 8
miles west/northwest of Elgin Kansas. The outbuildings had damage to
the roof and a few walls were collapsed.

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


.Thunderstorm wind damage...

Peak wind estimated: 80-90 mph
path length /statute/: 1 mile
path width /maximum/: 100-200 yards
fatalities: none
injuries: none

Start date: Sep 1st 2014
start time: 850 PM CDT
start location: Elgin/Chautauqua/Kansas

End date: Sep 1st 2014
end time: 855 PM CDT
end location: Elgin/Chautauqua/Kansas

Damaging straight line winds moved across Elgin Kansas with
tree damage across town.

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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