Tornado Survey, Bumpy Weekend, Amazing Tornado Video

Ed's Weather Journal

The tornado survey crew spent most of the day in northern Iowa checking out the damage in Wright and Franklin Counties. There were five tornadoes. The largest was near Belmond and Alexander. It was ranked as an EF3 with wind speeds of 155 mph. The other four tornadoes were ranked between EF0 and EF2. Belmond EF3Tornado Belmond 2Tornado Belmond 3Tornado Belmond 4Tornado Belmond 5

The details of the tornado survey from the NWS in Johnston.
..PRELIMINARY DAMAGE SURVEY RESULTS FOR WRIGHT AND FRANKLIN COUNTIES…

…UPDATED TO INCLUDE 2 ADDITIONAL TORNADOES IN FRANKLIN COUNTY…

…FIVE TORNADOES OCCURRED IN THE LATE AFTERNOON AND EVENING
HOURS OF JUNE 12 2013 IN WRIGHT AND FRANKLIN COUNTIES…

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT FOR THE DAMAGE THAT OCCURRED
ON JUNE 12 2013. THOUGH THE NUMBER OF TORNADOES WILL NOT CHANGE THERE
MAY BE SOME MINOR ADJUSTMENTS TO THE DETAILS PRIOR TO FINALIZING THE
DAMAGE SURVEY RESULTS.

TORNADO ONE

* ESTIMATED START TIME: 417 PM CDT

* EVENT TYPE: EF3 TORNADO

* EVENT LOCATION: 1.5 MILE NORTH NORTHWEST OF BELMOND TO 1 MILE
NORTHWEST OF ALEXANDER.

* PEAK WIND: 155 MPH

* AVERAGE PATH WIDTH: 200 YARDS

* PATH LENGTH: 8 MILES

* INJURIES: NONE

* FATALITIES: NONE

* DISCUSSION/DAMAGE: TWO HOMES SUSTAINED EF3 DAMAGE…AND A
RESTAURANT SUSTAINED EF2 DAMAGE.

TORNADO TWO

* ESTIMATED START TIME: 425 PM CDT

* EVENT TYPE: EF0 TORNADO

* EVENT LOCATION: 1.5 MILE NORTHWEST OF BELMOND TO 0.5 MILE
NORTHWEST OF BELMOND

* PEAK WIND: ABOUT 60 MPH

* AVERAGE PATH WIDTH: 75 YARDS

* PATH LENGTH: 1 MILE

* INJURIES: NONE

* FATALITIES: NONE

* DISCUSSION/DAMAGE: NO SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE.

TORNADO THREE

* ESTIMATED START TIME: 449 PM CDT

* EVENT TYPE: EF2 TORNADO

* EVENT LOCATION: 1.0 MILE NORTHEAST OF ALEXANDER TO 1.0 MILE
NORTHWEST OF LATIMER.

* PEAK WIND: ABOUT 112 MPH

* AVERAGE PATH WIDTH: 300 YARDS

* PATH LENGTH: 4.25 MILES

* INJURIES: NONE

* FATALITIES: NONE

* DISCUSSION/DAMAGE: THE TORNADO PRODUCED EF2 DAMAGE TO SOME FARM
BUILDINGS IN ITS PATH.

TORNADO FOUR

* ESTIMATED START TIME: 449 PM CDT

* EVENT TYPE: EF1 TORNADO

* EVENT LOCATION: 2 MILES NORTHEAST OF LATIMER TO 4 MILES
WEST NORTHWEST OF HAMPTON.

* PEAK WIND: ABOUT 90 MPH

* AVERAGE PATH WIDTH: 50 YARDS

* PATH LENGTH: 3.7 MILES

* INJURIES: NONE

* FATALITIES: NONE

* DISCUSSION/DAMAGE: THE TORNADO PRODUCED EF1 DAMAGE TO SOME TREES AND FARM
BUILDINGS IN ITS PATH.

TORNADO FIVE

* ESTIMATED START TIME: 447 PM CDT

* EVENT TYPE: EF0 TORNADO

* EVENT LOCATION: 3 MILES NORTHWEST OF HAMPTON TO 2 MILES
NORTHWEST OF HAMPTON.

* PEAK WIND: ABOUT 75 MPH

* AVERAGE PATH WIDTH: 50 YARDS

* PATH LENGTH: 2 MILES

* INJURIES: NONE

* FATALITIES: NONE

* DISCUSSION/DAMAGE: THE TORNADO PRODUCED MINOR DAMAGE TO SOME TREES AND
A BARN.

FOR REFERENCE…THE ENHANCED FUJITA TORNADO SCALE CLASSIFIES
TORNADOES INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

EF0…WIND SPEEDS 65 TO 85 MPH.
EF1…WIND SPEEDS 86 TO 110 MPH.
EF2…WIND SPEEDS 111 TO 135 MPH.
EF3…WIND SPEEDS 136 TO 165 MPH.
EF4…WIND SPEEDS 166 TO 200 MPH.
EF5…WIND SPEEDS GREATER THAN 200 MPH.

The weekend has a slight risk for severe weather. We will see a chance for storms early Friday morning over southern Iowa…then more storms coming back into the radar view by Friday night and early Saturday.
Saturday night and early Sunday also have some strong storms in the forecast.
Next week looks much drier and pretty comfortable.

Here is some amazing video from Josh Johnston who was taking video of the Belmond tornado Wednesday night. He is driving in his Denali as the tornadoes were dropping debris along the north side of Belmond. He posted his video to YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PrpcJOYbVE

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