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As the low associated with Tropical Depression Erin deepened into the early morning hours of August 19th, it passed roughly over Southern Blaine County or the Watonga and Geary area. The deepening low passing through Oklahoma was already contributing to breezy overnight conditions, but persistent thunderstorm activity in the Geary/Watonga area aided in producing severe and destructive wind gusts that lasted for several hours.Geary Area:
In Geary, tree damage was fairly widespread. Some structural damage to homes and businesses also occurred. A retirement home lost a section of its roof and a neighboring home had siding peeled off and its garage door blown in. A mobile home on the east side of town was blown over. There was some damage to a convenience store and the siding on the canopy was peeled but still attached. Based on the damage found, winds in Geary probably peaked in the 80 to 85 mph range.
To the north, between Watonga and Geary, there was some tree and minor structural damage visible from Highway 281. In Watonga, the damage was not nearly as widespread as in Geary but there was still some structural damage found. Power poles were found to be leaning or blown down all around the city. The north side of Watonga seemed to have the most widespread wind damage. The Watonga Airport had several hangers completely destroyed and some airplanes damaged. Two light towers at the high school baseball field were collapsed and one was bent. Tree damage around the city was fairly widespread. Based on the damage found, and the ASOS station at the Watonga airport recording an 82-mph wind gust before failing, winds in Watonga probably peaked in the 85 to 95 mph range.
Below is a map of some of the wind gust reports that we received as the remnants of Tropical Storm Erin passed over our area.
The following wind gust reports were taken from the Public Information Statement issued shortly after the event. For the entire Public Information Statement, please click on the link on the left hand navigation menu.
WIND LOCATION COUNTY TIME SOURCE
82 MPH WATONGA BLAINE 254 AM SUNDAY AWOS - MEASURED
80 MPH 1 S UNION CITY CANADIAN 240 AM SUNDAY SPOTTER -ESTIMATED
75 MPH 4 NNW FORT COBB CADDO 1225 AM SUNDAY MESONET - MEASURED
73 MPH 7 W WATONGA BLAINE 225 AM SUNDAY MESONET - MEASURED
70 MPH 6 S FORT COBB CADDO 1210 AM SUNDAY SPOTTER - MEASURED
64 MPH 7 W HINTON CADDO 130 AM SUNDAY MESONET - MEASURED
62 MPH 4 ENE APACHE CADDO 1235 AM SUNDAY MESONET - MEASURED
60 MPH 2 NE KINGFISHER KINGFISHER 425 AM SUNDAY MESONET - MEASURED
58 MPH 2 SSW MINCO GRADY 310 AM SUNDAY MESONET - MEASURED
56 MPH WILL ROGERS ARPT OKLAHOMA 424 AM SUNDAY ASOS - MEASURED
56 MPH WILEY POST ARPT OKLAHOMA 422 AM SUNDAY ASOS - MEASURED
55 MPH 4 WSW WEATHERFORD CUSTER 1200 AM SUNDAY MESONET - MEASURED
The following wind damage reports were issued as Local Storm Reports during the event and are detailed here in the same format. For a graphical depiction of the reports and a listing of reports nationwide from the same date, visit the Storm Prediction Center's Storm Reports database for this event.
..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON...
..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
1210 AM TSTM WND GST 7 SW FORT COBB 35.03N 98.53W
08/19/2007 M70 MPH CADDO OK AMATEUR RADIO
A SHED WAS HEAVILY DAMAGED DUE TO THE HIGH WIND. OTHER
DAMAGE WAS REPORTED AT RESIDENCE OF TRAINED OBSERVER.
0149 AM TSTM WND DMG WATONGA 35.85N 98.41W
08/19/2007 BLAINE OK PUBLIC
TREE LIMBS WERE DOWNED.
0240 AM TSTM WND DMG 3 S UNION CITY 35.35N 97.94W
08/19/2007 GRADY OK TRAINED SPOTTER
TREE LIMBS DOWNED ALONG HWY 81. TIME IS ESTIMATED.
0255 AM TSTM WND DMG WATONGA 35.85N 98.41W
08/19/2007 BLAINE OK BROADCAST MEDIA
WIDESPREAD WIND DAMAGE REPORTED IN AND NEAR WATONGA.
PROLONGED HIGH WINDS AND OCCASIONAL SEVERE GUSTS FROM 1
AM TO 415 AM. 82 MPH WINDS REPORTED AT WATONGA AIRPORT AT
254 AM BEFORE WEATHER INSTRUMENTS STOPPED REPORTING.
0255 AM TSTM WND DMG EL RENO 35.53N 97.95W
08/19/2007 CANADIAN OK BROADCAST MEDIA
POWER POLES DOWNED ON I-40 NEAR COUNTRY CLUB ROAD.