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The Washington-Goldsby Tornado of May 24, 2011

Tornado Information

Tornado
Number
Date Time
(CST)
Length
of Path
(miles)
Width
of Path
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Location
D1 05/24/2011 1626-1705 23 880 EF4 0 61 Grady/ McClain 2 W Bradley - 1 W Goldsby

This tornado developed west of Bradley in Grady County, downing tree limbs as it moved northeast. The tornado began to increase in intensity, producing EF-3 damage, as it approached McClain County. Although the damage was confined to trees, the severity of the damage became more intense. Trees were snapped at the bases, or debarked altogether. The tornado was several hundred yards wide as it neared the county line. Luckily, very few structures were in the path.

Widespread tree damage and ground scouring was ongoing as the tornado crossed into McClain County. As the tornado crossed Highway 76, even more intense damage occurred. EF-4 damage was surveyed at several locations. Several homes were reduced to a pile of rubble, or were wiped clean off of their foundations. Automobiles were mangled and almost unrecognizable. The tornado weakened and narrowed as it crossed CR 410. Even though the tornado had weakened, EF-2 to EF-3 damage was still occurring as it approached OK State Highway 39.

The tornado increased in intensity once again near the Highway, with EF-4 damage surveyed for the 2nd time. Well constructed homes were destroyed, with several wiped clean off of their foundations. This also began a longer streak of higher end damage, with EF-3 to EF-4 damage occurring until it crossed OK State Highway 74B, west of High Avenue. Equally devastating destruction occurred over the areas of EF-4 damage. The tornado lifted west of Goldsby with still EF-3 damage occurring prior to lifting. It should be noted that this tornado had estimated winds up to 200 mph at times, falling just short of the damage indicator for an EF-5 tornado. Monetary damage estimates were not available.

Tornado Track

Preliminary Track for the Washington-Goldsby Tornado of May 24, 2011

Radar Images

Twin Lakes, OK (KTLX) Radar Relectivity and Storm Relative Velocity
Twin Lakes, OK (KTLX) Combination Radar Reflectivity and Storm Relative Velocity at 5:22 PM CDT on 5/24/2011
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  Twin Lakes, OK (KTLX) Combination Radar Reflectivity and Storm Relative Velocity at 5:26 PM CDT on 5/24/2011
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Twin Lakes, OK (KTLX) Combination Radar Reflectivity and Storm Relative Velocity at 5:31 PM CDT on 5/24/2011
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  Twin Lakes, OK (KTLX) Combination Radar Reflectivity and Storm Relative Velocity at 5:35 PM CDT on 5/24/2011
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Twin Lakes, OK (KTLX) Combination Radar Reflectivity and Storm Relative Velocity at 5:39 PM CDT on 5/24/2011
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  Twin Lakes, OK (KTLX) Combination Radar Reflectivity and Storm Relative Velocity at 5:43 PM CDT on 5/24/2011
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Twin Lakes, OK (KTLX) Combination Radar Reflectivity and Storm Relative Velocity at 5:48 PM CDT on 5/24/2011
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  Twin Lakes, OK (KTLX) Combination Radar Reflectivity and Storm Relative Velocity at 5:52 PM CDT on 5/24/2011
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Twin Lakes, OK (KTLX) Combination Radar Reflectivity and Storm Relative Velocity at 5:56 PM CDT on 5/24/2011
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  Twin Lakes, OK (KTLX) Combination Radar Reflectivity and Storm Relative Velocity at 6:00 PM CDT on 5/24/2011
6:00 PM CDT

Tornado Photos


View of Tornado D1 located near Dibble, OK. Photo provided courtesy of Carl Pelfrey.
 
View of Tornado D1 located near Dibble, OK. Photo provided courtesy of Carl Pelfrey.

Looking west from I-35 at Tornado D1. Photo provided courtesy of Tim Marquis.
 
Looking west from I-35 at Tornado D1 to the left and behind Tornado D2. Photo provided courtesy of Tim Marquis.

View of Tornado D1 located near Goldsby, OK. Photo provided courtesy of Derrick James.
   

Damage Photos

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Tornado Warnings and Warning Updates

5:10 PM CDT - 5:30 PM CDT - 5:48 PM CDT - 6:00 PM CDT


WFUS54 KOUN 242210
TOROUN
OKC051-087-242300-
/O.NEW.KOUN.TO.W.0049.110524T2210Z-110524T2300Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
510 PM CDT TUE MAY 24 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORMAN HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTHERN GRADY COUNTY IN CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...
WESTERN MCCLAIN COUNTY IN CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...

* UNTIL 600 PM CDT

* AT 510 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO 3 MILES SOUTH OF RUSH
SPRINGS...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 40 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE ACME...AGAWAM...ALEX...BRADLEY...
COLE...CRINER...DIBBLE...GOLDSBY...NINNEKAH...RUSH SPRINGS AND
WASHINGTON.

THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 35 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 96 AND 107.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TAKE COVER NOW. LEAVE MOBILE HOMES AND VEHICLES. IF POSSIBLE...MOVE
TO A BASEMENT OR STORM SHELTER. OTHERWISE MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM OR
HALLWAY ON THE LOWEST FLOOR. STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS AND OUTSIDE
WALLS.

&&

LAT...LON 3520 9751 3504 9738 3469 9797 3486 9809
TIME...MOT...LOC 2210Z 218DEG 35KT 3478 9791

$$





WWUS54 KOUN 242230
SVSOUN

SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
530 PM CDT TUE MAY 24 2011

OKC051-087-242300-
/O.CON.KOUN.TO.W.0049.000000T0000Z-110524T2300Z/
GRADY OK-MCCLAIN OK-
530 PM CDT TUE MAY 24 2011

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 600 PM CDT FOR WESTERN
MCCLAIN AND EASTERN GRADY COUNTIES...

AT 530 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RADAR DETECTED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM WITH STRONG INDICATIONS OF A TORNADO. THIS
STORM IS 3 MILES WEST OF BRADLEY...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 45 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE ALEX...BRADLEY...COLE...CRINER...
DIBBLE...GOLDSBY AND WASHINGTON.

THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 35 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 101 AND 106.

LAT...LON 3492 9789 3520 9751 3504 9738 3480 9779
TIME...MOT...LOC 2230Z 228DEG 39KT 3489 9772

$$





WFUS54 KOUN 242248
TOROUN
OKC027-087-242330-
/O.NEW.KOUN.TO.W.0053.110524T2248Z-110524T2330Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
548 PM CDT TUE MAY 24 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORMAN HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
CLEVELAND COUNTY IN CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...
CENTRAL MCCLAIN COUNTY IN CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...

* UNTIL 630 PM CDT

* AT 547 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO 13 MILES SOUTHWEST
OF GOLDSBY...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 40 MPH. SOUTHERN AND EASTERN
PARTS OF NORMAN ARE MORE AT RISK WITH THIS STORM. WASHINGTON
AND NOBLE ARE ALSO IN THE PATH OF THIS STORM.

* LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE GOLDSBY...LAKE THUNDERBIRD...
NOBLE...NORMAN...SLAUGHTERVILLE...SOUTHEASTERN OKLAHOMA CITY AND
STELLA.

THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 35 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 95 AND 109.

THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 40 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 169 AND 173.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

IN ADDITION TO A TORNADO THREAT... THIS STORM LIKELY CONTAINS
DAMAGING HAIL TO THE SIZE OF BASEBALLS OR LARGER.

&&

LAT...LON 3500 9742 3517 9757 3539 9721 3539 9715
3519 9714 3518 9714
TIME...MOT...LOC 2247Z 218DEG 35KT 3502 9758

$$





WWUS54 KOUN 242300
SVSOUN

SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
600 PM CDT TUE MAY 24 2011

OKC027-087-242330-
/O.CON.KOUN.TO.W.0053.000000T0000Z-110524T2330Z/
CLEVELAND OK-MCCLAIN OK-
600 PM CDT TUE MAY 24 2011

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 630 PM CDT FOR CENTRAL
MCCLAIN AND CLEVELAND COUNTIES...

AT 559 PM CDT...A TORNADO WAS MOVING TOWARD NOBLE...AND THE
LAKE THUNDERBIRD AREA. THE STORM IS MOVING NORTHEAST AROUND
40 MPH. THIS IS A DANGEROUS TORNADO SITUATION.

* LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE GOLDSBY...LAKE THUNDERBIRD...
NOBLE...NORMAN...SLAUGHTERVILLE...SOUTHEASTERN OKLAHOMA CITY AND
STELLA.

THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 35 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 95 AND 109.

LAT...LON 3500 9742 3517 9757 3539 9721 3539 9715
3519 9714 3518 9714
TIME...MOT...LOC 2259Z 223DEG 34KT 3510 9748

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