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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AMARILLO TX
405 PM CDT SAT MAY 16 2009

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN AMARILLO HAS COMPLETED AN ASSESSMENT
OF THE MAY 15 2009 SEVERE WEATHER EVENT THAT OCCURRED PRIMARILY
ACROSS ROBERTS AND GRAY COUNTIES. THIS REPORT IS PRELIMINARY AND IS
SUBJECT TO REVISION BASED ON ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WHICH MAY
BE RECEIVED. THE ASSESSMENT IS BASED ON A COMBINATION OF AN OFFICIAL
NWS DAMAGE SURVEY...VIDEO EVIDENCE...SPOTTER AND EYE-WITNESS
REPORTS...AND RADAR DATA. AT LEAST 5 TORNADOES WERE CONFIRMED ALONG
WITH CONSIDERABLE WIND DAMAGE FROM DOWNBURST WINDS. THE FIRST TWO
TORNADOES WERE IN ROBERTS COUNTY AND THE OTHER THREE OCCURRED IN GRAY
COUNTY. THERE WAS ONLY ONE KNOWN INJURY. A DRIVER OF A SEMI TRUCK
THAT WAS BLOWN ABOUT AND OVERTURNED IN THE EF2 TORNADO SUFFERED A
BROKEN SHOULDER. A DETAILED TORNADO ACCOUNT IS PROVIDED BELOW...

TORNADO 1...                                       TORNADO
RATING  TIME           LOCATION       PATH LENGTH  WIDTH
EF0     445-446 PM     13W MIAMI     1/4 MILE     100 YARDS

NO DAMAGE REPORTED...REMAINED OVER OPEN COUNTRY.

TORNADO 2...                                       TORNADO
RATING  TIME           LOCATION       PATH LENGTH  WIDTH
EF0     447-500 PM     14WSW MIAMI   1/2 MILE     100 YARDS

NO DAMAGE REPORTED...REMAINED OVER OPEN COUNTRY.

TORNADO 3...                                       TORNADO
RATING  TIME           LOCATION       PATH LENGTH  WIDTH
EF0     502-506 PM     5NE PAMPA     1 MILES      1/4 MILE
                       TO 4NE PAMPA

NO DAMAGE REPORTED...REMAINED OVER OPEN COUNTRY.

TORNADO 4...                                       TORNADO
RATING  TIME           LOCATION       PATH LENGTH  WIDTH
EF2     509-517 PM     4ENE PAMPA    3 MILES      1/2 MILE
                       TO 5ESE PAMPA

THIS WAS A MULTI VORTEX TORNADO. AT LEAST 1 HOME SUSTAINED
SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE FROM THE TORNADO...ABOUT 4 MILES EAST OF PAMPA. IN
ADDITION...AT LEAST 4 OTHER HOMES SUSTAINED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE FROM
DOWNBURST WINDS IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO THE TORNADO...1 TO 3 MILES EAST
OF PAMPA. SEVERAL OTHER STRUCTURES AND VEHICLES WERE ALSO DAMAGED...
INCLUDING A SEMI TRUCK AND A MOTOR HOME. ONE INJURY OCCURRED TO THE
SEMI TRUCK DRIVER. TREES AND POWER POLES ALSO SUSTAINED CONSIDERABLE
DAMAGE.

TORNADO 5...                                       TORNADO
RATING  TIME           LOCATION       PATH LENGTH  WIDTH
EF1     525-545 PM     2NW LEFORS     6 MILES      1/4 MILE
                       TO 4SE LEFORS

THIS WAS A MULTI VORTEX TORNADO. SEVERAL HOMES AND OTHER STRUCTURES
RECEIVED MINOR TO MODERATE DAMAGE IN LEFORS DUE TO THE TORNADO AND
DOWNBURST WINDS. WIDESPREAD TREE DAMAGE ALSO OCCURRED DUE TO THE
TORNADO AND DOWNBURST WINDS THROUGHOUT THE CITY. NO INJURIES WERE
REPORTED.

EF SCALE REFERENCE TABLE...
EF0 / 65-85 MPH WIND
EF1 / 86-110 MPH WIND
EF2 / 111-135 MPH WIND
EF3 / 136-165 MPH WIND
EF4 / 166-200 MPH WIND
EF5 / GREATER THAN 200 MPH WIND

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION...PLEASE CONTACT THE AMARILLO NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE AT 806-335-1121.

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