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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LITTLE ROCK AR
800 PM CDT MON MAY 5 2003

...STORM SURVEY CONDUCTED IN FAULKNER...LONOKE AND WHITE COUNTIES...

A STORM SURVEY TEAM FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LITTLE ROCK 
CONDUCTED STORM SURVEYS TODAY IN PARTS OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS. THE 
SURVEYS FOLLOWED SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS THAT MOVED ACROSS THE AREA 
SUNDAY EVENING MAY 4TH. 

A LONG TORNADO TRACK WAS IDENTIFIED.

THE TORNADO TRACKED FROM 3 MILES SOUTHWEST OF SALTILLO...IN FAULKNER 
COUNTY. THIS POINT IS LOCATED IN THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE CAMP 
ROBINSON WILDLIFE AREA. THE TORNADO WAS ON THE GROUND FOR 34.8 MILES 
BEFORE LIFTING 5 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF SEARCY...IN WHITE COUNTY.

THE TORNADO WAS RATED AS F3 ON THE FUJITA SCALE OF TORNADO INTENSITY 
CLASSIFICATION. THE HIGHEST WINDS WERE LIKELY AROUND 160 MPH. THE 
MOST SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED FROM NEAR OTTO...IN FAULKNER 
COUNTY...TO JUST NORTHEAST OF ANTIOCH...IN WHITE COUNTY.

DAMAGE CONSISTED OF SOME HOMES AND OTHER BUILDINGS DESTROYED WITH A 
NUMBER OF OTHER BUILDINGS SUFFERING SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE. HUNDREDS OF 
LARGE TREES WERE BLOWN DOWN. A NUMBER OF VEHICLES WERE ALSO DAMAGED 
OR DESTROYED. NUMEROUS POWER LINES AND POWER POLES WERE TORN DOWN 
ALONG THE TRACK OF THE TORNADO.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS WHO PERFORMED THE SURVEY 
WERE NEWTON SKILES AND CHUCK RICKARD...BOTH SENIOR FORECASTERS.

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LITTLE ROCK AR
830 PM CDT MON MAY 5 2003

...STORM SURVEY CONDUCTED IN WHITE - WOODRUFF - AND CROSS COUNTIES...

A STORM SURVEY TEAM FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LITTLE ROCK 
CONDUCTED STORM SURVEYS TODAY IN PARTS OF EASTERN ARKANSAS. THE 
SURVEYS FOLLOWED SEVERE WEATHER THAT MOVED ACROSS THE AREA SUNDAY 
EVENING MAY 4TH. 

A LONG TORNADO TRACK WAS IDENTIFIED.

THE TORNADO BEGAN 0.5 MILE NORTHEAST OF GEORGETOWN...OR NEAR THE 
WHITE RIVER LANDING AT GEORGETOWN. THE TORNADO TRAVELED ACROSS 
WOODRUFF COUNTY...STRIKING PATTERSON AND MC CRORY. IT THEN CONTINUED 
ON INTO CROSS COUNTY AND ENDED 1.3 MILES SOUTH OF VANNDALE.

THIS TORNADO WAS ON THE GROUND FOR 42 MILES.

THE TORNADO WAS RATED AS F3 ON THE FUJITA SCALE OF TORNADO INTENSITY 
CLASSIFICATION. THE HIGHEST WINDS WERE LIKELY AROUND 160 MPH. 

THE TORNADO WAS VERY WEAK AT ITS BEGINNING AND IN THE AREA SOUTHWEST 
OF PATTERSON...THEN BEGAN TO INTENSIFY BEFORE REACHING PATTERSON. AN 
ADDITIONAL INCREASE IN INTENSITY WAS VERY APPARENT AS THE TORNADO 
PASSED THROUGH MC CRORY. THE TORNADO THEN BEGAN TO WEAKEN AGAIN IN 
THE AREA EAST-SOUTHEAST OF TILTON.

AT THE BEGINNING OF ITS LIFE...THE TORNADO TRACKED TOWARD THE 
NORTHEAST. IT THEN TURNED MORE TO THE EAST IN THE PUMPKIN BEND AREA. 
THEN...AFTER THE TORNADO PASSED SOUTH OF TILTON...IT BEGAN TRACKING 
TOWARD THE EAST-SOUTHEAST.

AT A FARM HOUSE THAT WAS DESTROYED JUST EAST OF PUMPKIN BEND...ONE 
WOMAN COMMENTED THAT THE TORNADO WARNING THAT WAS ISSUED BY THE 
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAD SAVED HER LIFE...AS WELL AS THAT OF HER 
SISTER AND GRANDSON. THE FAMILY HAD SEEN THE TORNADO WARNING ON 
TELEVISION AND HAD TAKEN SHELTER IN A CLOSET IN THE INTERIOR OF THE 
HOUSE.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS WHO PERFORMED THE SURVEY 
WERE JOHN ROBINSON...THE WARNING COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST...AND 
RENEE FAIR...THE METEOROLOGIST IN CHARGE.

NOTE...ALTHOUGH CROSS COUNTY IS IN THE AREA SERVED BY THE NATIONAL 
WEATHER SERVICE IN MEMPHIS...THE MEMPHIS OFFICE HAD SEVERAL OTHER 
SURVEYS TO CONDUCT AND ASKED THAT THE LITTLE ROCK OFFICE ASSIST THEM 
BY CONTINUING FROM WOODRUFF COUNTY INTO CROSS COUNTY.

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