NWS: EF-1 Tornado Hit Western Douglas County

By: Courtesy WOWT TV
By: Courtesy WOWT TV

The National Weather Service confirmed the first two tornadoes associated with the Mother's Day storm outbreak. Two separate EF-1 tornadoes ht the elkhorn area, blowing roofs off homes.

The first that hit the Skyline neighborhood was seven miles long.
The second that hit the Indian Creek neighborhood left a 5 1/4 mile path.

That determination is based, in part, on the work of Brian Smith. Like a CSI, Brian Smith is a TSI: Tornado Scene Investigator.

The National Weather Service meteorologist uses a program to input types of damage and talks to residents about where they took cover and what they heard when the storm came through.

Elaine Becker a Skyline neighborhood resident tells him, "We’re down in the basement and heard a big crash so there's a big pine tree that went down in the back."

By determining whether damage has been caused by straight line winds or a twister, meteorologists can better recognize a tornado on radar the next time. The weather service investigator who lives just a few blocks away says he clocked winds in the neighborhood of 80 miles an hour.

Strong enough to uproot two mature trees that landed on Bruce Kampsnider's attached garage. A contractor is already measuring for repairs.

Bruce says, "It is all outside damage to the house so roof damage you're looking at, they're trying to see what it cost to repair that."

The storm that moved through Sunday evening gave the appearance of a possible rain wrapped funnel cloud. Brian Smith with the National Weather Service says, "Put all the puzzle pieces together then try to figure out what actually happened."

The research Monday will let residents of Skyline know for sure that they can remember it as the Mother’s Day tornado.

The NWS hopes to release other survey damage reports Tuesday and will be back out in Cordova and Beaver Crossing.


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