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Wind Damage
 

Summary

 

As the low associated with Tropical Depression Erin deepened into the early morning hours of August 19th, it passed roughly over Southern Blaine County or the Watonga and Geary area. The deepening low passing through Oklahoma was already contributing to breezy overnight conditions, but persistent thunderstorm activity in the Geary/Watonga area aided in producing severe and destructive wind gusts that lasted for several hours.

 

Geary, OK Area:

 

In Geary, tree damage was fairly widespread. Some structural damage to homes and businesses also occurred. A retirement home lost a section of its roof and a neighboring home had siding peeled off and its garage door blown in. A mobile home on the east side of town was blown over. There was some damage to a convenience store and the siding on the canopy was peeled but still attached. Based on the damage found, winds in Geary probably peaked in the 80 to 85 mph range.

 

Flipped mobile home on the east side of town

Garage door blown inward.
 

Watonga, OK Area:

 

To the north, between Watonga and Geary, there was some tree and minor structural damage visible from Highway 281. In Watonga, the damage was not nearly as widespread as in Geary but there was still some structural damage found. Power poles were found to be leaning or blown down all around the city. The north side of Watonga seemed to have the most widespread wind damage. The Watonga Airport had several hangers completely destroyed and some airplanes damaged. Two light towers at the high school baseball field were collapsed and one was bent. Tree damage around the city was fairly widespread. Based on the damage found, and the ASOS station at the Watonga airport recording an 82-mph wind gust before failing, winds in Watonga probably peaked in the 85 to 95 mph range.

 

Destroyed hangar at Watonga Regional Airport

Destroyed hangar at Watonga Regional Airport

Damaged and flipped airplanes.

Zoomed in version of right side of previous picture.

Debris in destroyed hangar.

Bent light pole at high school baseball field.
 

Maximum Wind Gust Map

 

Below is a map of some of the wind gust reports that we received as the remnants of Tropical Storm Erin passed over our area.


Maximum wind gusts associated with thunderstorm activity August 18-19, 2007.

 

Recorded Wind Gusts

 

The following wind gust reports were taken from the Public Information Statement issued shortly after the event. For the entire Public Information Statement, please click on the link on the left hand navigation menu.

WIND    LOCATION         COUNTY     TIME           SOURCE

82 MPH WATONGA           BLAINE     254 AM SUNDAY  AWOS - MEASURED
80 MPH 1 S UNION CITY    CANADIAN   240 AM SUNDAY  SPOTTER -ESTIMATED
75 MPH 4 NNW FORT COBB   CADDO      1225 AM SUNDAY MESONET - MEASURED
73 MPH 7 W WATONGA       BLAINE     225 AM SUNDAY  MESONET - MEASURED
70 MPH 6 S FORT COBB     CADDO      1210 AM SUNDAY SPOTTER - MEASURED
64 MPH 7 W HINTON        CADDO      130 AM SUNDAY  MESONET - MEASURED
62 MPH 4 ENE APACHE      CADDO      1235 AM SUNDAY MESONET - MEASURED
60 MPH 2 NE KINGFISHER   KINGFISHER 425 AM SUNDAY  MESONET - MEASURED
58 MPH 2 SSW MINCO       GRADY      310 AM SUNDAY  MESONET - MEASURED
56 MPH WILL ROGERS ARPT  OKLAHOMA   424 AM SUNDAY  ASOS - MEASURED
56 MPH WILEY POST ARPT   OKLAHOMA   422 AM SUNDAY  ASOS - MEASURED
55 MPH 4 WSW WEATHERFORD CUSTER     1200 AM SUNDAY MESONET - MEASURED
 

Wind Damage Reports

 

The following wind damage reports were issued as Local Storm Reports during the event and are detailed here in the same format. For a graphical depiction of the reports and a listing of reports nationwide from the same date, visit the Storm Prediction Center's Storm Reports database for this event.

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..

1210 AM     TSTM WND GST     7 SW FORT COBB          35.03N 98.53W 
08/19/2007  M70 MPH          CADDO              OK   AMATEUR RADIO   

            A SHED WAS HEAVILY DAMAGED DUE TO THE HIGH WIND. OTHER 
            DAMAGE WAS REPORTED AT RESIDENCE OF TRAINED OBSERVER.

0149 AM     TSTM WND DMG     WATONGA                 35.85N 98.41W 
08/19/2007                   BLAINE             OK   PUBLIC          

            TREE LIMBS WERE DOWNED.

0240 AM     TSTM WND DMG     3 S UNION CITY          35.35N 97.94W 
08/19/2007                   GRADY              OK   TRAINED SPOTTER 

            TREE LIMBS DOWNED ALONG HWY 81. TIME IS ESTIMATED.

0255 AM     TSTM WND DMG     WATONGA                 35.85N 98.41W 
08/19/2007                   BLAINE             OK   BROADCAST MEDIA 

            WIDESPREAD WIND DAMAGE REPORTED IN AND NEAR WATONGA. 
            PROLONGED HIGH WINDS AND OCCASIONAL SEVERE GUSTS FROM 1 
            AM TO 415 AM. 82 MPH WINDS REPORTED AT WATONGA AIRPORT AT
            254 AM BEFORE WEATHER INSTRUMENTS STOPPED REPORTING.

0255 AM     TSTM WND DMG     EL RENO                 35.53N 97.95W 
08/19/2007                   CANADIAN           OK   BROADCAST MEDIA 

            POWER POLES DOWNED ON I-40 NEAR COUNTRY CLUB ROAD.