Thursday, May 5, 2016

Muldrow Tornado Confirmed

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Tulsa has determined that an EF-1 tornado did develop south of Muldrow on the night of April 29-30, and damaged a few homes and uprooted several trees.

Joe Sellers, meteorologist, said NWS teams have been out over the past several days assessing damage in eastern Oklahoma, and found that at least 15 small, brief tornados did set down. He said the EF-1 tornado south of Muldrow developed at 12:23 a.m. and was 3.2 miles southwest of Muldrow. The tornado lifted 2.4 miles east south east of Muldrow at 12:29 a.m., and was on the ground for six minutes.

“Numerous trees were uprooted and a few homes damaged,” Sellers said. One of those damaged homes is pictured above.

Another tornado also did some damage at Greenleaf State Park, Sellers said. That EF-1 tornado set down 3.8 miles south south west of Braggs at 11:34 p.m. and lifted 3.9 miles east south east of Braggs at 11:39 p.m. in Camp Gruber. That tornado uprooted streets, snapped off several power poles and damaged a few buildings in the state park, Sellers said.

Sellers explained that the Friday night and Saturday morning storms developed in western Oklahoma but were not super cells by the time they reached eastern Oklahoma. 

“But they still had enough sheer to spawn brief, rapid spin ups along the thunderstorm line,” he explained.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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