October 18, 2004
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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEMPHIS TN
908 PM CDT THU OCT 21 2004


...MEMPHIS NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM DAMAGE SURVEYS OF TORNADIC
DAMAGE FROM OCTOBER 18 2004 ACROSS THE MIDSOUTH COMPLETED...

...PEMISCOT COUNTY MISSOURI TORNADO...

COOTER MISSOURI...A DEADLY TORNADO STRUCK THE SMALL COMMUNITY OF
COOTER MISSOURI DURING THE MID EVENING HOURS...RESULTING IN 3
FATALITIES...4 SERIOUS INJURIES...AND 3 MINOR INJURIES. THIS TORNADO
WAS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR SUBSTANTIAL STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO A FARM
HOUSE AND ADJOINING BUILDINGS. THE COOTER TORNADO WAS RATED F2 ON
THE FUJITA TORNADO INTENSITY SCALE. THIS F2 TORNADO WAS SHORT-LIVED
AND WAS ONLY ON THE GROUND FOR 1/2 MILE...WITH A PATH WIDTH OF 100
TO 150 YARDS. IN ADDITION TO THE DAMAGE SUSTAINED BY
STRUCTURES...THE TORNADO BLEW OVER A LARGE GRAIN TRAILER AND SNAPPED
SEVERAL TREES.

...EASTERN RANDOLPH/SOUTHWESTERN CLAY COUNTY ARKANSAS TORNADO...

PEACH ORCHARD...DURING THE EVENING HOURS A TORNADO DEVELOPED ACROSS
RURAL PORTIONS OF EASTERN RANDOLPH COUNTY AND TRACKED
NON-CONTINUOUSLY FOR 13 MILES INTO SOUTHWEST PORTIONS OF CLAY
COUNTY. THIS TORNADO CAUSED F0 TO F1 DAMAGE ALONG ITS PATH...WITH
THE F1 DAMAGE OCCURRING NEAR THE PEACH ORCHARD COMMUNITY. THE
TORNADO PRODUCED MINOR DAMAGE TO CROP FIELDS ACROSS SOUTHEASTERN
RANDOLPH COUNTY. AS THE TORNADO TRACKED INTO SOUTHWEST CLAY
COUNTY...IT CROSSED OVER SEVERAL SOYBEAN FIELDS. AS THE TORNADO
CROSSED THESE FIELDS...CONVERGENT SWIRL PATTERNS WERE IDENTIFIED
WITH MULTIPLE SOYBEAN PLANTS BLOWN OVER. AS THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO
MOVE EAST ACROSS CLAY COUNTY...IT DAMAGED A COUPLE OF CABINS IN THE
BROOKINGS COMMUNITY IN THE DONALDSON/BLACK RIVER WILD LIFE
MANAGEMENT AREA ALONG THE LITTLE BLACK RIVER AND DESTROYED A SMALL
RURAL FARM HOUSE NEAR THE PEACH ORCHARD COMMUNITY. TWO PERSONS
LIVING IN THE SMALL RURAL FARM HOUSE ABANDONED THE HOUSE PRIOR TO
THE TORNADO TOUCHDOWN AT THE FARM. THE TORNADO WAS ALSO RESPONSIBLE
FOR BLOWING OVER SEVERAL TOMBSTONES AT A CEMETERY LOCATED NEAR PEACH
ORCHARD. A FEW TREES WERE ALSO DAMAGED ALONG THE PATH OF THIS
TORNADO.

...LAWRENCE/RANDOLPH/GREEN COUNTY ARKANSAS TORNADO...

COLLEGE CITY TO STONEWALL...A WEAK TORNADO DEVELOPED DURING THE
EARLY EVENING HOURS AND TRACKED NON-CONTINUOUSLY FOR APPROXIMATELY
15 MILES THROUGH RURAL PORTIONS OF NORTHEASTERN LAWRENCE...EXTREME
SOUTHEASTERN RANDOLPH...AND NORTHWESTERN PORTIONS OF GREEN COUNTY.
THIS TORNADO WAS RATED A F0 ALONG ITS ENTIRE PATH AND ONLY PRODUCED
MINOR DAMAGE TO OPEN FARMLAND.

...EASTERN CLAY COUNTY TORNADO...

NIMMONS...A WEAK F0 TORNADO MADE BRIEF TOUCHDOWNS ALONG AN
APPROXIMATELY 4 MILE PATH ACROSS EASTERN PORTIONS OF CLAY COUNTY
ARKANSAS NEAR THE COMMUNITY OF NIMMONS. AT THIS TIME...ONLY MINOR
DAMAGE TO CROPS AND TREES HAVE BEEN NOTED.

...DYER COUNTY TENNESSEE TORNADO...

DYERSBURG TENNESSEE...DURING THE MID EVENING HOURS A TORNADO
IMPACTED PORTIONS OF DYER COUNTY. THE TORNADO DAMAGE TRACK BEGAN 2
MILES WEST OF THE INTERSECTION OF STATE ROUTE 78 AND BUSINESS ROUTE
51. DAMAGE ENCOUNTERED ALONG THE TRACK WAS PRIMARILY LARGE TREE
LIMBS. A SMALL HANDFUL OF POWER POLES WERE SNAPPED ON STATE ROUTE
104 BETWEEN FINLEY AND DYERSBURG.

SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE WAS SUSTAINED TO THE ROOF AND FACADE OF HELCO
MANUFACTURING IN NORTHWEST DYERSBURG. DAMAGE CONSISTED OF SHEET
METAL REMOVED AND TWISTED FROM THE ROOF AND SIDES OF THE BUILDINGS,
AN AIR CONDITIONER LIFTED OFF THE ROOF...BRICK VENEER REMOVED FROM
THE FRONT OFFICES WITH WINDOWS BLOWN OUT IN THE FRONT OFFICES AND
GLASS/BODY DAMAGE DONE TO VEHICLES ON PARKING LOT. DAMAGE ON THE
WEST SIDE OF THE BUILDING EXHIBITED A NORTHWEST TO SOUTHEAST DAMAGE
PATTERN WITH THE NORTH AND EAST SIDE SHOWING DAMAGE CREATED BY WINDS
COMING FROM THE SOUTHWEST TO THE NORTHEAST. THIS CONVERGENT PATTERN
INDICATED DAMAGE WAS CAUSED BY A F1 TORNADO WITH WIND SPEEDS
ESTIMATED AROUND 100 MPH. THE WIDTH OF THE DAMAGE PATH WAS
APPROXIMATELY 100 YARDS WIDE WITH A TOTAL DAMAGE PATH LENGTH OF ONE
HALF MILE.

ANOTHER AREA OF DAMAGE WAS UNCOVERED ALONG STATE ROUTE 78 BETWEEN
US-155 AND STATE ROUTE 104. PARTIAL DAMAGE TO SIGNS AND
BUILDINGS/STRUCTURES ALONG WITH TREE DAMAGE RESULTED FROM STRAIGHT
LINE WIND DAMAGE.

...HENRY COUNTY TENNESSEE TORNADO...

PARIS TENNESSEE...A TORNADO STRUCK THE PARIS COMMUNITY DURING THE
MID EVENING HOURS. THE DAMAGE TRACK BEGAN APPROXIMATELY 2 MILES EAST
FROM THE TOWN OF COMO...NEAR THE WEAKLEY/HENRY COUNTY LINE ON ROUTE
54. MOST OF THE DAMAGE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE TRACK WAS LARGE TREES
SNAPPED IN HALF AND A FEW LARGE TREES UPROOTED. SOME TREES FELL ONTO
RESIDENTIAL STRUCTURES...RESULTING IN MOSTLY PARTIAL DAMAGE TO THOSE
STRUCTURES. FURTHER INTO THE WESTERN SECTION OF DOWNTOWN PARIS...A
SMALL HANDFUL OF RESIDENTIAL HOMES SUSTAINED PARTIAL STRUCTURE
DAMAGE ALONG WITH MODERATE DAMAGE TO A 9TH GRADE OUTDOOR SPORTS
FACILITY. SEVERAL RADIO COMMUNICATION TOWERS WERE BENT IN HALF. A
LARGE TREE FELL ON THE NORTHWEST SIDE OF THE COURTHOUSE DAMAGING THE
UPPER STORY AND ADJACENT ROOF. THE DAMAGE ALONG THIS PATH ALSO
INDICATED TORNADIC F1 DAMAGE WITH WIND SPEEDS ESTIMATED AROUND 90
MPH. THE DAMAGE PATH WIDTH RANGED FROM 200 YARDS WEST OF PARIS TO
ABOUT 300 YARDS WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS. THE TOTAL DAMAGE PATH LENGTH
OF THE TORNADO WAS 8 1/4 MILES.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND ON THE NWS MEMPHIS WEB SITE.
FURTHER INFORMATION WILL BE PROVIDED CONCERNING POSSIBLE TORNADO
DAMAGE FROM OCTOBER 19TH 2004.

...TORNADO DAMAGE F-SCALE RATINGS FOR REFERENCE...

F0...40 TO 72 MPH
F1...73 TO 112 MPH
F2...113 TO 157 MPH
F3...158 TO 206 MPH
F4...207 TO 260 MPH
F5...261 TO 318 MPH

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CHASKELSON/CORDERO/HOWELL

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