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Overview

During the evening on Sunday May 24, 2015, a tornado producing supercell produced numerous tornadoes from near Kismet in Seward county to just south of Dodge City. Several were visually very large but as it turned out damage was not extensive. The strongest tornado based on damage was one that started about 7 miles southwest of Ensign and ended up dissipating just ENE northeast of Ensign. Unfortunately a home received major damage from the tornado. Along the path there was low end EF2 damage and then EF1 damage was done to the home and surroundings. A car that had been parked in the driveway was carried across the road (there were no visible skid marks) and then slammed into a field just north of the house. Fortunately the occupants of the home had sought shelter and were not injured.

Another tornado that appeared to be up to a mile wide based on visual reports, damaged a couple of outbuildings and and overturned about a dozen pivot irrigation sprinklers. This tornado formed just northeast of Kismet and ended up passing just northwest of Plains before dissipating north of Plains.

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Tornado - LOCATION
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Date 05/24/2015
Time (Local) 8 pm CDT
EF Rating EF2
Est. Peak Winds 130 mph
Path Length 12 nmi
Max Width 1.2 mi
Injuries/Deaths 0/0

Summary:

Large tornado

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The Enhanced Fujita (EF) Scale classifies tornadoes into the following categories:

EF0
Weak

65-85 mph
EF1
Moderate
86-110 mph
EF2
Significant
111-135 mph
EF3
Severe
136-165 mph
EF4
Extreme
166-200 mph
EF5
Catastrophic
200+ mph
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