This is the second portion of a two part series focusing on the Calumet-El Reno-Piedmont-Guthrie, OK, tornado of May 24, 2011. The summary covers the track from the El Reno area until its end near Guthrie.
This is the first portion of a two-part series focusing on the Calumet-El Reno-Piedmont-Guthrie, OK, tornado of May 24, 2011. The summary covers the track from its inception all the way through the destruction of the Cactus Drilling Rig 117 between Calumet and El Reno.
A total of 46 tornadoes occurred on May 31, 1998. The focus of this summary will be on the 32 tornadoes that ravaged parts of New York and Pennsylvania. 22 Tornadoes ripped through Pennsylvania, and 10 through New York. The 22 tornadoes on this day in PA is a state record.
Per the Storm Prediction Center Database, there have been 6 F5/EF5
tornadoes observed since 1950 in the state of Iowa. The last one hit on May 25, 2008 and is the topic of this summary.
This summary looks at the tornadoes of May 4, 2007 including the first to be given an EF5 rating under Enhanced Fujita Scale.
The Spencer, SD F4 tornado of May 30, 1998 was 1 of 5 tornadoes produced by one supercell that tracked about 30 miles. This destructive tornado had a path length of 14 miles and hit the small town of Spencer (population at the time of 320) destroying most of its 190 buildings. 6 people were killed and 150 were injured. The tornado was estimated to reach a width of a mile.
“My dad was just sucked out and ended up underneath a grain truck. He held on.” – Lorrece Usselman Werner talking about her father Pius, who took shelter in a creamery during the Fort Rice tornado. She was quoted in an article in the Bismarck Tribune.
The supercell that produced this tornado had already spawned an F2 in Harrison County, IN. The storm progressed across the Ohio River and another tornado formed, quickly strengthening. Most of the damage was F3 in Bullitt and Spencer Counties. There was at least one home surveyed by the NWS in Hillview that had F4 damage.
This tornado was one of at least 20 that occurred during the Central Texas Tornado Outbreak of May 27, 1997. This is the same outbreak that produced the Jarrell F5.
It was an F4 tornado that quickly passed through parts of Muskogee County and the town of Keefeton, OK on May 26, 1973. Eight frame homes and four mobile homes were destroyed. 100+ more suffered some sort of major to minor damage.