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Public Information Statement

Statement as of 4:46 PM CDT on May 22, 2015


... NWS damage survey for 05/16/15 tornado event...
... For the Darwin and Kimball tornadoes...

.Overview... Damage surveys were performed on two of
the tornadoes of may 16 2015. There were about 15 tornadoes
in west central and central Minnesota... but this number will
change as more information becomes available. Information on
the other tornadoes will be determined using storm chaser and
spotter video... photos... and information from public safety
officials.

.Darwin tornado...

Rating: EF-0
estimated peak wind: 80-85 mph
path length /statute/: 5.0 miles
path width /maximum/: 50 yards
fatalities: 0
injuries: 0

Start date: may 16... 2015
start time: 7:48 PM CDT
start location: 3.2 SW Darwin / Meeker co / MN
start lat/lon: 45.0656 / -94.4557

End date: may 16... 2015
end time: 7:59 PM CDT
end location: 3.7 NW Darwin / Meeker co / MN
end lat/lon: 45.1383 / -94.4547

Survey summary: the tornado moved straight North... Crossing
Highway 12 about midway between Darwin and Litchfield. The most
significant damage was to a Farmstead southwest of Darwin...
where a barn was moved off its foundation... and several
outbuildings were destroyed.

.Kimball tornado...

Rating: EF-0
estimated peak wind: 75-80 mph
path length /statute/: 1.4 miles
path width /maximum/: 50 yards
fatalities: 0
injuries: 0

Start date: may 16... 2015
start time: 8:30 PM CDT
start location: 1.3 SSW Kimball / Stearns co / MN
start lat/lon: 45.2947 / -94.3077

End date: may 16... 2015
end time: 8:34 PM CDT
end location: 0.3 NW Kimball / Stearns co / MN
end_lat/lon: 45.3154 / -94.3053

Survey summary: while it was south of Kimball... the tornado
moved north-northeast... paralleling Highway 15. Just before
entering the city limits... it began moving north-northwest...
toward the Kimball area schools football field. It dissipated
shortly after crossing Highway 55.

Note:
the information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the events and publication in
NWS storm data.


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