NWS rates Douglas/Leavenworth tornado an EF-4, winds speeds up to 170mph

May 29, 2019 - 4:06 pm
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Kansas City, MO - The National Weather Service (NWS) has estimated the tornado that tore through Douglas and Leavenworth Counties was an EF-4 with maximum winds of 170 miles per hour.

The tornado began south of Lawrence, Kansas Tuesday afternoon and travelled about 32 miles before lifting in Leavenworth County.

The rain-wrapped monster was estimated to be a mile wide at its greatest, says the NWS

Our KS storm damage survey team is back and here are the preliminary results:

An EF-4 #tornado, with estimated peak winds up 170 mph, occurred in Douglas County, KS, and stayed on the ground for 31.82 miles, eventually lifting in southern Leavenworth County, KS. pic.twitter.com/4kfKS0PoaD

— NWS Kansas City (@NWSKansasCity) May 29, 2019

In Missouri, assessment teams determined the tornado that touched down in Clay County was an EF-2, with estimated peak winds of 115 miles an hour.

That twister one was on the ground for nearly 6 miles and was 400 yards wide.  And it developed from the same storm system that spawned the Kansas tornado, along the same track. 

Our Clay County, MO survey team is back and here are the preliminary results:

An EF-2 tornado, with estimated peak winds up 115 mph, occurred southeast of Kearney, MO into southwestern Excelsior Estates, MO. pic.twitter.com/PBLZUsX75E

— NWS Kansas City (@NWSKansasCity) May 29, 2019

 

 

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