Weather Blog: EF-1 tornado damage in Sunset, Arkansas (October 15, 2021)

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EF-1 Tornado Causes Damage in Southeast Washington County, Arkansas

Radar image as storms pass over Sunset, Arkansas on October 15, 2021

NWS confirms an EF-1 tornado touched down in southeast Washington County, Arkansas on the morning of October 15, 2021.

Strong storms pushed through NW Arkansas early Friday morning, prompting a tornado warning. A National Weather Service Survey Team found damage east of Winslow in the Sunset community to be consistent with an EF-1 tornado (winds between 86-110 MPH).

Public Information Statement from NWS Tulsa:

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NOUS44 KTSA 160159
PNSTSA
ARZ001-002-010-011-019-020-029-OKZ049-053>076-161400-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TULSA OK
859 PM CDT FRI OCT 15 2021

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 10/15/2021 TORNADO EVENT...

.OVERVIEW...A BOW ECHO COMPLEX OF THUNDERSTORMS MOVED THROUGH EAST-
CENTRAL OKLAHOMA AND INTO NORTHWESTERN ARKANSAS EARLY THIS MORNING. A
TORNADO DEVELOPED IN THE COMMA HEAD PORTION OF THIS STORM AS IT MOVED
ACROSS SOUTHEASTERN WASHINGTON AND SOUTHWESTERN MADISON COUNTIES. THE
DAMAGE WAS SURVEYED TODAY BY NWS TULSA METEOROLOGISTS, AS WELL AS A
KNWA METEOROLOGIST. THE RESULTS OF THE SURVEY ARE DETAILED BELOW.

.SUNSET ARKANSAS TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    105 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  7.8 MILES 
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   500 YARDS 
FATALITIES:             0 
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             10/15/2021
START TIME:             05:22 AM CDT
START LOCATION:         4 SSE WYOLA / WASHINGTON COUNTY / AR
START LAT/LON:          35.807 / -94.029

END DATE:               10/15/2021
END TIME:               05:34 AM CDT
END LOCATION:           3.1 W COMBS / MADISON COUNTY / AR
END LAT/LON:            35.826 / -93.892

SURVEY SUMMARY:
THIS TORNADO DEVELOPED EAST OF WINSLOW, JUST TO THE WEST OF WINFREY
VALLEY ROAD, WHERE A BARN WAS DAMAGED, A FEW TREES WERE UPROOTED, AND
LARGE TREE LIMBS WERE SNAPPED. THE TORNADO MOVED JUST NORTH OF EAST
ALONG SUNSET ROAD WHERE A MOBILE HOME WAS DAMAGED, A CHICKEN HOUSE
WAS DESTROYED, AND TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED. THE TORNADO THEN
MOVED ACROSS WOODED TERRAIN THAT WAS INACCESSIBLE BY ROAD TO THE
WASHINGTON/MADISON COUNTY LINE. TREES WERE UPROOTED ON THE 4035 ROAD
AND AR-295. TREE DAMAGE CONTINUED ACROSS DELANEY CREEK ROAD AND THE
4145 ROAD, BEFORE THE TORNADO DISSIPATED TO THE WEST OF HIGHWAY 16.

&&

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 EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN NWS
STORM DATA.

Here are some pictures of the damage from Chief Meteorologist Dan Skoff.

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