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Public Information Statement

Statement as of 8:10 PM CDT on August 29, 2016


... NWS damage survey for 08/28/2016 for Norman County tornado event...

.Overview... A National Weather Service storm damage assessment
team has preliminarily reviewed damage from a tornado which occurred across
portions of Norman County Minnesota... resulting from storms during the
evening of August 28th.

Photographic evidence also indicated possibly two shorter-lived
tornadoes occurring across southwestern Polk County. Additional
information concerning these tornadoes will be sent once compiled.

Given the very complex nature of this slow-moving storm, this information
may be updated as additional details become available.

.Tornado #1...

Rating: EF-2
estimated peak wind: 115 mph
path length /statute/: 10 miles
path width /maximum/: 400 yards
fatalities: 0
injuries: 0

Start date: Aug 28 2016
start time: 904 PM CDT
start location: 7.8 miles ENE Lockhart

End date: Aug 28 2016
end time: 1008 PM CDT
end location: 1 mile northwest Gary

The Norman County tornado developed near the Polk/Norman County
line in northern Spring Creek township. It intermittently traveled
south- southeastward to just northwest of Gary, MN, exhibiting
multiple vortices at times based upon eyewitness reports. Hundreds
of trees were uprooted, snapped, or damaged along the track. A
barn was completely destroyed at one Farmstead with a power pole
snapped. A second uninhabited residence showed damage to portions
of exterior walls in addition to significant tree damage across
the property.

In addition to the tornadic winds, numerous trees were downed as a
result of outflow winds, especially east and south of the tornadic
damage path. A roof of an Old House in Gary was removed. Intermittent
tree damage was observed south of Gary.

Ef scale: the Enhanced Fujita scale classifies
tornadoes into the following categories.

EF0... weak... ... 65 to 85 mph
EF1... weak... ... 86 to 110 mph
EF2... strong... .111 to 135 mph
EF3... strong... .136 to 165 mph
EF4... violent... 166 to 200 mph
EF5... violent... >200 mph

Note:
the information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the events and publication in
NWS storm data.


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