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A Lightning Illuminated View of the Canton-Wakita EF4.


Event Edit

The May 29th, 2017 Oklahoma Tornado Outbreak was a violent tornado outbreak that devastated some areas of north and central Oklahoma from the night of May 29th to the morning of the following day.

Destructive tornadoes struck parts of Oklahoma, where an EF4 devastated the town of Wakita during the night between the two days and an EF5 struck 50 miles south of Wakita the morning after. Another EF5 devastated parts of the small town of Silverton, in western Oklahoma during the afternoon of May 29th.

The outbreak started with a nighttime EF3 over northwestern Oklahoma, destroying about a dozen homes and killing 4 people. The event continued during the morning with several small tornadoes in the west part of Oklahoma. Between 11:00 AM and 12:30 PM CDT the storms started to become violent, with some strong tornadoes. In the afternoon the activity became extreme with a series of violent supercells in the Silverton area, struck by an EF3 during the morning and other several twisters during the afternoon. During the night between May 29th and May 30th occured the Wakita tornado and, as last twister, the following morning touched down the second EF5 in less 24 hours.

Tornado Count Edit

Confirmed

Total

Confirmed

EF0

Confirmed

EF1

Confirmed

EF2

Confirmed

EF3

Confirmed

EF4

Confirmed

EF5

33 9 10 6 4 2 2

Tornadoes Edit

Silverton area tornadoes

The activity in the town of Silverton started early in the morning, at about 11:15 AM CDT when a stovepipe tornado touched down. The twister started moving northeast, destroying power poles and a farm, before taking a hard right turn to the southeast and hitting the Silverton High School and a abandoned factory before lifting. The second tornado formed as an high end EF2 near downtown at about 12:20 PM CDT with an EF1 satellite. The tornado didn't last long (a couple of minutes) but it destroyed a wooden building, parts of a roof of a brick building and a pickup. During the afternoon, at about 2:10 PM CDT, a new supercell passed over Silverton, producing multiple tornadoes, including a multi-vortex EF1, an EF4, another EF1 and an EF3, destryoing an entite neighbour and a car shop. After the supercell passed, two more storms formed in the area and merged becoming one big supercell. At about 4:50 PM CDT the storm produced a large EF4 twister and an EF2 satellite, that quickly became part of the main tornado and made it became the first EF5 of the outbreak. The tornado took a path to the southeast following the same path as the EF3 in the morning and demolishing the what remained of the Silverton High School. After that, the tornado destroyed the airport, throwing 747s in the air. Before roping out and dissipating, the twister struck a costruction site. The storms in Silverton killed 9 people, 2 by the EF5. Two of them were storm chasers.

Canton - Wakita tornado

The next violent tornado of the outbreak touched down in the Canton area around 3:30 AM CDT and started travelling north-east. The twister wasn't seen from the radar because the storm had weak mid-level rotation but it produced this tornado, that caused mostly EF0 damage in the Canton area. Moving in the direction of Fairview the tornado gained force and became a powerful EF3 twister. The tornado was seen on the radar when it was going to hit the Fairview Drive In. Here the twister destroyed the movie screen and the roof of a auto-mechanic building. Many cars were picked up and thrown by the twister, destroying them along with the fancy marquee of the drive-in and some trucks of a team of storm chasers. The tornado warning was issued seconds before the twister hit. The tornado quickly moved north-east at EF2 strengh and destroying some roofs. In the meantime, the rotation in the supercell became very weak but with a tornado still on the ground moving in rural areas. The tornado re-gained strengh and became a violent EF4 and a classic hook echo was shown on radar. At about 4:00 AM CDT a Tornado Emergency was issued for Wakita, Oklahoma and second after the tornado hit and quickly dissipated after destroying the town. In Wakita 56 people died and 348 more were injured. The downtown area was devastated, with brick building without thier roofs and some walls. About 150 buildings in town suffered significant damage, 29 were totally demolished and 290 more suffered minor damage. The tornado tracked for about 92 miles across northwestern Oklahoma, missing the town of Helena.

Waukomis - Perry areas tornado

The last violent tornado of the outbreak, that was the last one of the system, formed form the union of two supercells that originated during the night over western Oklahoma. The tornado touched down at 10:30 AM CDT of May 30th as a large cone 3 miles south of Waukomis and started destroying farms and trees at EF3 - EF4 force. The tornado became a mile wide and reached EF5 force. The twister picked up a petrolium truck and made it explode on the road. After that, the tornado destroyed a radio tower and started moving east-northeast, killing two storm chasers that were following the tornado. Then the vortex destroyed a farm equipment shop throwing tractors, threshes and an entire house on the roads around it. The tornado then destroyed corn fields before turning to the northeast and destroying a well build barn along with a couple of outbuildings and a windmill before lifting. The twister caused extreme damage to crops and farms, leveling buildings and forested areas. The vortex killed two people and injured 13 more along its path that finished 4 miles north of Perry.

EF# Location County Time

(CDT)

Path

Length

Damage
EF3 Elmwood area Beaver 2:20

AM

7

miles

4 fatalities - about a dozen homes were

destroyed. The deaths occured when a car

was picked up by the tornado.

EF0 5 miles S

Catesby

Ellis 6:45

AM

0.1

miles

A few limbs downed.
EF0 4 miles SW

Woodward

Woodward 7:05

AM

0.1

miles

Light damage to a fence.
EF0 1 mile SW

Woodward

Woodward 7:07

AM

0.2

miles

One tree down and some limbs blown away.
EF2 Woodward area Woodward 7:11

AM

1.5

miles

Strong tornado that ripped off the roof of a mall

and downed several trees. Three people were injured.

EF1 1 mile NE

Woodward

Woodward 7:13

AM

0.8

miles

A barn was destroyed and a mobile home suffered roof damage.
EF0 3 miles E

Berlin

Roger Mills 9:34

AM

0.4

miles

No damage reported.
EF1 3 miles SSW

Camargo

Dewey 10:48

AM

2.4

miles

A mobile home park suffered minor damage from a low end EF1 tornado. The twister destroyed one trailer and injured 4 people.
EF1 Riverside area Washita 11:01

AM

2.1

miles

High end EF1 that struck the town of Riverside, causing extensive damage to some homes in the south side of town. A couple of roofs were badly damaged.
EF2 5 miles NNW

Capron

Woods 11:05

AM

5.8

miles

The tornado touched down into fields and moved quickly to the east-northeast, destroying an entire farm, a jeep, a tractor and a wooden bridge. Some trees were downed as well.
EF3 Silverton area (first tornado) Custer 11:15

AM

8.6

miles

See section above.
EF0 4 miles WSW

Rosston

Harper 11:20

AM

0.3

miles

Landspout tornado that caused no damage.
EF2 3 miles NE

Alva

Woods and Alfalfa 11:45 AM 10.6

miles

Large high end EF2 tornado that moved first to the east and turned in Alfalfa County to the northeast. The tornado caused severe damage to several farms, destroying 5 barns along with the roofs of three homes. Two people were injured.
EF1 8 miles NE

Alva (first tornado)

Woods 12:06

AM

1.5

miles

Waterspout that develop over a Salt Fork Arkansas River tributary. The waterspout caused some damage to structures and trees along the river and dissipated on a bridge. A cow was killed.
EF0 8 miles NE

Alva (second tornado)

Woods 12:06

AM

1.2

miles

Second waterspout originated simultaneosly as the first one. The waterspout dissipated on the same bridge as the first one while merging with it. No damage was caused.
EF0 8 miles NE

Alva (third tornado)

Woods 12:08

AM

1 mile Third waterspout originated by the first one when it splitted. This waterspout downed some limbs but remained over the water.

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