June 16–18, 2014 tornado outbreak

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June 16–18, 2014 tornado outbreak
An EF3 tornado in Carter County, Montana on June 17
Date of tornado outbreak: June 16 – 18, 2014
Duration1: 3 days
Maximum rated tornado2: EF4 tornado
Tornadoes caused: 52 confirmed, 109 reported
Highest winds: 115 mph (185 km/h)
(Straight-line wind gust near Minnesota Lake, MN)
Largest hail: 4.25 in (10.8 cm) in diameter in three Nebraska locations on June 17
Damages:
Fatalities: 2
Areas affected:

1Time from first tornado to last tornado
2Most severe tornado damage; see Enhanced Fujita Scale

The June 16–18, 2014 tornado outbreak was a tornado outbreak concentrated in the Great Plains and the Midwestern United States. Two tornadoes also occurred in Ontario. The severe weather event most significantly affected the state of Nebraska, where a tornado rated[1] as an EF4 killed two and critically injured twenty others in the town of Pilger on the evening of June 16. The Pilger tornado was part of a violent tornado family that produced four consecutive EF4 tornadoes and was broadcast live on television.[1][2] The outbreak went on to produce multiple other strong tornadoes across the northern Great Plains states throughout the next two days.

Meteorological synopsis[edit]

All storm reports received by the SPC from June 16–18

On June 13, 2014, the SPC noted the possibility of severe weather associated with potential mesoscale convective systems in the northern United States for June 16–18. However, the predictability of this event was too low for the SPC to designate areas as under risk of severe weather.[3] The following day, the SPC revised their forecasts, indicating a slight risk for severe activity for areas around the confluence of the Big Sioux and Missouri rivers two days before the eventual tornado outbreak. The development of a low-pressure area and increasing atmospheric instability were expected to be contributing factors.[4] Forecasts remained relatively unchanged on June 15, though the probability for "significant severe weather" was predicted for a large area of northern Iowa and adjacent areas.[5]

The morning of June 16 was marked only by isolated storms in the Nebraska area with only marginal severe weather.[6] Beginning at around 0800 UTC, however, favorable conditions for severe weather, particularly for large hail, began to build across central Nebraska. Moisture from the Gulf of Mexico began to make its way into southern Nebraska and over Kansas, raising dew points over the region. In addition, the prevalence of altocumulus castellanus clouds was an indicator for additional severe weather later in the day.[7][8] The flow of moisture into the region was further enhanced by an eastward progressing warm front, and at 1200 UTC on June 16, the SPC once again issued a slight risk for severe weather for the eastern halves of South Dakota, Nebraska, and extending eastward into the western Great Lakes region.[9] This was followed shortly after by the day's first severe thunderstorm watch, issued for primarily eastern Nebraska in response to a developing line of supercells.[10][11] An hour later, the SPC upgraded some areas previously under a slight risk for severe weather to a moderate risk as a result of continuously increasing moisture content and CAPE in the atmosphere.[12] At 1613 UTC, the SPC issued the first of three public severe weather outlooks for the day, covering a region centered on Sioux City, South Dakota.[13] A Particularly Dangerous Situation tornado watch was issued later that afternoon, and a powerful cyclic supercell developed in Nebraska. This supercell went on to produce a family of five tornadoes, including four EF4s that affected areas in and around Stanton, Pilger, and Wakefield, Nebraska. Two fatalities occurred in Pilger as much of the town was destroyed.[14] Later that evening, two tornadoes (rated EF1 and EF2) struck the town of Platteville, Wisconsin simultaneously, resulting in major damage.[15]

Tornado activity continued on the 17th, with an early morning EF3 causing major damage in Verona, Wisconsin, and an EF2 from the same storm caused damage in residential areas of Madison.[16] A large EF2 tornado also caused damage to numerous homes later that day in Angus and Barrie, Ontario.[17][18] Later that evening, multiple large wedge tornadoes were reported near the towns of Coleridge and Laurel, Nebraska.[19] One of these tornadoes caused EF3 damage outside of Coleridge.[20]

On the night of June 18, an EF2 tornado hit the South Dakota town of Wessington Springs, trapping some of its residents in their homes. Eleven homes and three businesses were damaged. Another pair of twin tornadoes were also reported, near the South Dakota community of Crow Lake.[21] A large multiple-vortex tornado completely destroyed a farm near the town of Alpena later that evening.[22] That tornado was rated an EF4, the fifth of the outbreak sequence.

Confirmed tornadoes[edit]

Confirmed
Total
Confirmed
EF0
Confirmed
EF1
Confirmed
EF2
Confirmed
EF3
Confirmed
EF4
Confirmed
EF5
52 12 19 12 3 5 0


June 16 event[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes – Monday, June 16, 2014[nb 1]
EF# Location County / Parish State Start Coord. Time (UTC) Path length Max width Damage[nb 2] Summary Refs
EF0 Near Stanton Stanton NE Unknown 2038 – 2040 Unknown Unknown See the section on this tornado [23]
EF4 SW of Stanton to E of Norfolk Stanton NE Unknown 2042 – 2111 700112210000000000012.21 mi (19.65 km) Unknown See the section on this tornado [23]
EF4 SW of Pilger to N of Wisner Stanton, Cuming, Wayne NE Unknown 2100 – 2139 700118410000000000018.41 mi (29.63 km) Unknown 2 deaths – See the section on this tornado [1][23][24]
EF4 SE of Pilger to NNW of Wisner Stanton, Cuming, Wayne NE Unknown 2113 – 2132 700111840000000000011.84 mi (19.05 km) Unknown See the section on this tornado [23][1]
EF4 S of Wakefield to NE of Wakefield Wayne NE Unknown 2140 – 2208 700116220000000000016.22 mi (26.10 km) Unknown See the section on this tornado [1][23]
EF0 N of Sargent Custer NE 41°41′55″N 99°21′56″W / 41.6985°N 99.3655°W / 41.6985; -99.3655 (Sargent (Jun. 16, EF0)) 2324 69992000000000000000.2 mi (0.32 km) 700140000000000000040 yd (37 m) Brief touchdown caused no damage. [23][25]
EF1 E of Burwell Garfield NE 41°45′29″N 99°14′10″W / 41.7580°N 99.2362°W / 41.7580; -99.2362 (Burwell (Jun. 16, EF1)) 2335 – 2340 70002400000000000002.4 mi (3.9 km) 7002400000000000000400 yd (370 m) A small shed was blown off of its foundation and flipped upside down, trees and tree limbs were snapped, and grain bins were damaged. [23][25]
EF2 NE of Burwell (1st tornado) Garfield NE 41°48′10″N 99°08′27″W / 41.8028°N 99.1407°W / 41.8028; -99.1407 (Burwell (Jun. 16, EF2)) 0001 – 0015 70005200000000000005.2 mi (8.4 km) 7002500000000000000500 yd (460 m) An irrigation pivot was overturned, and numerous trees and power poles were snapped. [23][25]
EF2 NE of Burwell (2nd tornado) Garfield NE 41°50′23″N 98°59′55″W / 41.8397°N 98.9986°W / 41.8397; -98.9986 (Burwell (Jun. 16, EF2)) 0020 – 0026 70001600000000000001.6 mi (2.6 km) 7002700000000000000700 yd (640 m) Numerous trees were snapped and uprooted, a street sign was bent, and buildings were damaged. [23][25]
EF2 ENE of Burwell (1st tornado) Garfield NE 41°50′05″N 98°57′24″W / 41.8348°N 98.9567°W / 41.8348; -98.9567 (Burwell (Jun. 16, EF2)) 0028 – 0032 69993000000000000000.3 mi (0.48 km) 7002400000000000000400 yd (370 m) Numerous trees were snapped, with a few denuded. [23][25]
EF0 ENE of Burwell (2nd tornado) Garfield NE 41°49′46″N 98°57′13″W / 41.8295°N 98.9537°W / 41.8295; -98.9537 (Burwell (Jun. 16, EF0)) 0030 69992000000000000000.2 mi (0.32 km) 700140000000000000040 yd (37 m) A brief tornado damaged trees. [23][25]
EF1 W of Clarksville Butler IA Unknown 0055 – 0059 70003100000000000003.1 mi (5.0 km) 7002250000000000000250 yd (230 m) Farms and outbuildings sustained EF1 damage. [23][26]
EF1 E of Clarksville Butler IA Unknown 0104 – 0107 70002500000000000002.5 mi (4.0 km) 7002150000000000000150 yd (140 m) A home east of Clarksville sustained the most significant damage. [23][26]
EF1 S of Lamont to S of Edgewood Buchanan, Delaware IA 42°32′N 91°38′W / 42.54°N 91.63°W / 42.54; -91.63 (Lamont (Jun. 16, Lamont)) 0230 – 0255 700117000000000000017 mi (27 km) 700150000000000000050 yd (46 m) Several grain bins were collapsed or destroyed and two old hog confinements were severely damaged. Numerous trees were snapped as well. [23][27]
EF2 Southern Platteville Grant WI Unknown ~0345 - 0350 70004000000000000004 mi (6.4 km) ~7002100000000000000100 yd (91 m) One of two tornadoes that struck Platteville simultaneously. Several homes and businesses were damaged, some heavily. Several buildings had windows blown out at the University of Wisconsin Platteville Campus, and multiple cars on the property were flipped and damaged. Metal light poles at the stadium were broken. Trees and power lines were downed, and a cemetery was damaged as well. [23][28][29]
EF1 Northern Platteville Grant WI Unknown 0350 69995000000000000000.5 mi (0.80 km) 700150000000000000050 yd (46 m) One of two tornadoes that struck Platteville simultaneously. The roof was ripped off of an apartment building and some trees were downed. [23][28][30]
EF1 N of Leslie to SE of Rewey Lafayette, Iowa WI Unknown 0400 - 0402 70001170000000000001.17 mi (1.88 km) 700150000000000000050 yd (46 m) Trees were twisted and downed and three buildings were damaged. [23][31][30]
EF1 WSW of Mineral Point Iowa WI Unknown 0410 - 0411 69994000000000000000.4 mi (0.64 km) 7002100000000000000100 yd (91 m) [30]
EF1 NE of Blanchardville (1st tornado) Green WI 42°51′N 89°48′W / 42.85°N 89.80°W / 42.85; -89.80 (Blanchardville (Jun. 16, Blanchardville EF1)) 0436 - 0438 69993000000000000000.3 mi (0.48 km) 7002125000000000000125 yd (114 m) Farmsteads were damaged and numerous trees were downed. [23][31][30]
EF1 NE of Blanchardville (2nd tornado) Green WI 42°50′N 89°47′W / 42.83°N 89.79°W / 42.83; -89.79 (Blanchardville (Jun. 16, Blanchardville EF1)) 0436 - 0438 69995000000000000000.5 mi (0.80 km) 7002125000000000000125 yd (114 m) Farmsteads were damaged and numerous trees were downed. [23][31][30]

June 17 event[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes – Tuesday, June 17, 2014[nb 1]
EF# Location County / Parish State / Province Start Coord. Time (UTC) Path length Max width Damage[nb 2] Summary Refs
EF3 Verona Dane WI Unknown 0508 – 0510 70001000000000000001 mi (1.6 km) 7002100000000000000100 yd (91 m) A few homes and an elementary school in town were heavily damaged, with the school sustaining a wall collapse. Other homes sustained lesser damage. [23][31]
EF2 Southwestern Madison Dane WI 43°04′N 89°24′W / 43.07°N 89.40°W / 43.07; -89.40 (Madison (Jun. 16, Madison EF2)) 0515 69993000000000000000.3 mi (0.48 km) 7002200000000000000200 yd (180 m) Brief tornado touched down in a residential area of Madison, downing numerous trees and power lines and damaging structures. Homes had their roofs torn off. [23][31][30]
EF1 Madison Dane WI Unknown 0521 70001000000000000001 mi (1.6 km) Unknown Tornado began at BB Park Beach and affected the Marquette neighborhood in Madison. Numerous trees were snapped and uprooted, some of which landed on homes and cars. Power lines were downed, and a house and a business lost their roofs. Other homes sustained shingle damage and several sailboats were sunk. A canoe and two kayaks were thrown as well. [23][31][30]
EF1 ENE of Clarno to SE of Juba Green WI Unknown 0940 - 0948 70006780000000000006.78 mi (10.91 km) 7002640000000000000640 yd (590 m) [30]
EF1 Hale Iosco MI Unknown 1557 – 1558 70001600000000000001.6 mi (2.6 km) 7002100000000000000100 yd (91 m) High profile vehicles and numerous power and light poles were blown over in town, considerable tree damage was observed, and several homes and businesses sustained roof damage. [32][33]
EF3 W of Capitol to Custer National Forest Carter MT 45°28′N 104°16′W / 45.47°N 104.26°W / 45.47; -104.26 (Capitol (June 17 EF3)) 2027 – 2130 700110000000000000010 mi (16 km) 7002880000000000000880 yd (800 m) A large, slow-moving, and long-lived tornado touched down over the Sheep Mountains in Carter County, Montana. Moving northeast the tornado obliterated a trailer home, twisting its frame and tossing debris over 1 mi (1.6 km) away. Nearby, an old A-frame schoolhouse was completely destroyed with only its basement left behind. Debris from this structure was thrown 100 yd (91 m) while 6 nearby cars were found up to 200 yd (180 m) away. Twenty power poles were snapped along the track, one of which was pulled out of the ground. Additionally, 20 hay bales weighing up to 1,500 lb (680 kg) were blown away and not recovered. The tornado continued into Custer National Forest and ultimately dissipated roughly an hour after touching down. This was the strongest tornado ever recorded in southeastern Montana. [32][34]
EF2 Angus to Southern Barrie Simcoe ON Unknown ~2120 - 2135 ~700120000000000000020 km (12 mi) Unknown Tornado touched down in Angus, where many homes had their roofs torn off and one lost its second story. A van was flipped as well. Further east, a mobile home park was damaged near Essa. The tornado entered the south side of Barrie and snapped numerous trees and power poles, a few of which landed on homes. Steel shipping containers weighing up to 9,800 lbs were blown more than 20 feet from where they originated before the tornado dissipated. More than 100 residences were damaged along the path, including 30 to 40 with significant damage. Hundreds of trees were downed as well. [35][36][37][38]
EF1 Stroud area Simcoe ON Unknown ~2130 69997500000000000000.75 km (0.47 mi) 7002300000000000000300 m (330 yd) Tornado lifted a 12 m (39 ft) by 15 m (49 ft) shed and tossed it 70 m (230 ft) into a farm home. Numerous trees were also snapped or uprooted. [39][40]
EF0 WNW of Merriman Cherry NE 42°59′10″N 101°52′35″W / 42.9860°N 101.8763°W / 42.9860; -101.8763 (Merriman (June 17 EF0)) 2240 69992000000000000000.2 mi (0.32 km) 700140000000000000040 yd (37 m) [32]
EF0 SW of Cody Cherry NE 42°35′04″N 101°45′41″W / 42.5845°N 101.7613°W / 42.5845; -101.7613 (Cody (June 17 EF0)) 2240 – 2243 69996000000000000000.6 mi (0.97 km) 700140000000000000040 yd (37 m) [32]
EF0 S of Merriman Cherry NE 42°30′44″N 101°42′32″W / 42.5122°N 101.7089°W / 42.5122; -101.7089 (Merriman (June 17 EF0)) 2328 – 2332 69997000000000000000.7 mi (1.1 km) 700140000000000000040 yd (37 m) Tornado lifted a 40 ft (12 m) trailer and tossed it off Nebraska Highway 61. [32]
EF0 N of Whitman Cherry NE 42°25′32″N 101°33′10″W / 42.4255°N 101.5528°W / 42.4255; -101.5528 (Whitman (June 17 EF0)) 0000 – 0010 69997000000000000000.7 mi (1.1 km) 700140000000000000040 yd (37 m) [32]
EF1 NW of Coleridge Cedar NE Unknown 0057 - 0105 70003940000000000003.94 mi (6.34 km) 7002320000000000000320 yd (290 m) No further details available at this time. [41]
EF3 Coleridge area Cedar NE Unknown 0109 - 0155 70008240000000000008.24 mi (13.26 km) 70001170000000000001.17 mi (1.88 km) Large, slow-moving wedge tornado began northwest of Coleridge. Near the beginning of the path, power poles were snapped, trees were debarked, and barns were swept away. A grain bin was thrown 300 yards, a dehydration plant was completely leveled, and a truck and a trailer were tossed as well. The outer edge of the circulation impacted Coleridge, where a scoreboard was destroyed, a set of bleachers was thrown 100 yards, storage buildings were damaged, and homes sustained minor damage. Outside of town, livestock was killed, additional trees were debarked, outbuildings were destroyed, and several farmhouses were damaged or destroyed, two of which were swept away. [42][43][44]
EF1 Verona to Westmoreland Oneida NY 41°08′N 75°35′W / 41.13°N 75.58°W / 41.13; -75.58 (Verona (June 17 EF1)) 0203 – ? 700111000000000000011 mi (18 km) 7002250000000000000250 yd (230 m) Numerous trees were snapped and uprooted in Verona, several homes sustained trim and shingle damage, tree branches were speared into a garage wall, fences and signs were downed, and a barn and sheds were destroyed in town. Minor tree damage occurred further east before the tornado lifted in Westmoreland. [32][45]
EF0 WSW of Mullen Hooker NE 41°57′39″N 101°16′07″W / 41.9607°N 101.2685°W / 41.9607; -101.2685 (Whitman (June 17 EF0)) 0207 – 0217 70001800000000000001.8 mi (2.9 km) 700140000000000000040 yd (37 m) [32]
EF0 E of Coleridge Cedar NE Unknown 0210 - 0218 70001280000000000001.28 mi (2.06 km) 7002100000000000000100 yd (91 m) No further details available at this time. [46]
EF1 N of Laurel Cedar NE Unknown 0210 - 0225 70004170000000000004.17 mi (6.71 km) 7002800000000000000800 yd (730 m) No further details available at this time. [47]
EF2 NE of Laurel Cedar NE Unknown 0228 - 0234 70001000000000000001 mi (1.6 km) 7002200000000000000200 yd (180 m) No further details available at this time. [48]
EF2 NE of Laurel to N of Dixon Cedar, Dixon NE Unknown 0245 - 0325 70008039999999999998.04 mi (12.94 km) 7002750000000000000750 yd (690 m) No further details available at this time. [49]
EF2 S of Humboldt Minnehaha SD 43°36′N 97°04′W / 43.60°N 97.07°W / 43.60; -97.07 (Humboldt (June 17 EF2)) 0344 – 0402 70003430000000000003.43 mi (5.52 km) 7002400000000000000400 yd (370 m) Trees and power poles were snapped, outbuildings were destroyed, and a house was left with only interior walls standing. A metal storage building was destroyed as well. [32][50]

June 18 event[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes – Wednesday, June 18, 2014[nb 1]
EF# Location County / Parish State Start Coord. Time (UTC) Path length Max width Damage[nb 2] Summary Refs
EF0 NE of Black Earth Dane WI Unknown 1227 69992500000000000000.25 mi (0.40 km) ~7002100000000000000100 ft (33 yd) Trees were damaged. [31]
EF1 E of Stephan Hyde SD 44°15′03″N 99°22′02″W / 44.2509°N 99.3672°W / 44.2509; -99.3672 (Stephan (June 18 EF1)) 2305 – 2315 70001000000000000001 mi (1.6 km) 700140000000000000040 yd (37 m) One house had part of its metal roof torn off while another completely lost its roof structure. A barn collapsed. A machine shed was destroyed with a semi trailer blown on its side. Numerous trees in one grove were topped or had broken branches. [51][52]
EF0 NNE of Lees Corner Buffalo SD 44°11′N 99°17′W / 44.18°N 99.28°W / 44.18; -99.28 (Lees Corner (June 18 EF0)) 2307 – 2315 70002000000000000002 mi (3.2 km) 7002440000000000000440 yd (400 m) Remained mostly over open fields. Trees in one shelterbelt were uprooted and had broken limbs. [51][52]
EF2 Spring Valley Colony area Jerauld SD Unknown 2345 - 2354 70001100000000000001.1 mi (1.8 km) 7002100000000000000100 yd (91 m) [53]
EF1 WSW of Wessington Springs Jerauld SD Unknown 2358 - 0004 69996900000000000000.69 mi (1.11 km) 700150000000000000050 yd (46 m) [54]
EF1 E of Gann Valley Jerauld SD Unknown 0001 - 0018 70006990000000000006.99 mi (11.25 km) 7002150000000000000150 yd (140 m) [55]
EF2 W of Wessington Springs Jerauld SD Unknown 0008 - 0017 69997700000000000000.77 mi (1.24 km) 7002100000000000000100 yd (91 m) [56]
EF2 Wessington Springs Jerauld SD Unknown 0030 - 0052 70002259999999999992.26 mi (3.64 km) 7002200000000000000200 yd (180 m) Stovepipe tornado caused significant damage in the town of Wessington Springs. 23 homes sustained major damage or were destroyed, and 20 others sustained lesser damage. 10 businesses were also damaged, including 5 that were destroyed. Trees were downed and vehicles were tossed as well. [57][58]
EF4 SE of Lane to NW of Alpena Jerauld, Beadle SD Unknown 0043 - 0125 700111650000000000011.65 mi (18.75 km) 7002880000000000000880 yd (800 m) Large multiple-vortex tornado. Near Lane, a barn and some trees were damaged. The tornado reached EF2 strength as it continued north, blowing an area of gravel off of a road and snapping hardwood trees. South of Alpena, the tornado reached EF4 intensity, completely destroying a farmstead. Several outbuildings on the property were destroyed, trees were completely denuded and debarked, and the farmhouse was swept away with only the basement remaining. Farm equipment was tossed and damaged, and a nearby corn field was scoured to bare soil. Additional corn fields were heavily scoured west of Alpena before the tornado dissipated. [59][60][61]
EF0 Limestone area Clarion PA 41°06′21″N 79°17′55″W / 41.1059°N 79.2986°W / 41.1059; -79.2986 (Limestone (June 18 EF0)) 0049 - 0056 70004700000000000004.7 mi (7.6 km) 7002150000000000000150 yd (140 m) Numerous trees were snapped and uprooted, homes sustained fascia damage, and a barn was destroyed. [62]

Pilger, Nebraska tornado family[edit]

This violent tornado family was spawned by a powerful cyclic supercell thunderstorm that affected four counties in northeastern Nebraska. Five tornadoes touched down as a result of this supercell, four of which were rated EF4.[1][63]

Remains of a car that was thrown nearly a quarter-mile by the EF4 Stanton tornado.

The first tornado was an EF0 that touched down briefly in an open field near Stanton, causing no damage.[1] After this tornado dissipated, another tornado touched down southwest of Stanton, initially snapping trees and power poles at EF0 to EF1 intensity as it moved northeast. As the tornado passed west of Stanton and grew into a large wedge, barns were destroyed and swept away at EF2 intensity and power poles were snapped. Two homes were leveled at high-end EF3 intensity in this area as well.[64] Further north of town, the tornado weakened slightly to EF2 strength as a house had its roof torn off, a semi-truck was flipped, and several outbuildings were destroyed. The tornado then re-intensified dramatically near the Maskenthine Reservoir, reaching EF4 strength. Two farmhouses were swept away and multiple trees were debarked in this area. A car was thrown nearly a quarter-mile and mangled beyond recognition.[65] The tornado maintained EF4 strength as it crossed Highway 57, sweeping away a house and a barn, and debarking additional trees. Another barn was destroyed at EF2 strength before the tornado dissipated.[66]

EF4 damage in a residential area of Pilger.

After the Stanton tornado lifted, a new tornado touched down southwest of Pilger. The tornado was initially weak, damaging trees, power poles, and outbuildings. The tornado intensified as it approached town, and barns and outbuildings were leveled or swept away at EF2 intensity.[67] The tornado further intensified to a violent EF4 as it struck Pilger directly, killing two people, injuring many others, and damaging or destroying most structures in town. As the main Pilger tornado was approaching town, a second nearly identical tornado developed east of town and paralleled the path of the main tornado, causing minor tree and outbuilding damage. Numerous homes and businesses in Pilger were completely destroyed, with several leveled or swept away. Numerous brick buildings in the downtown area were heavily damaged or destroyed, and trees throughout the town were denuded and debarked. A grainery was destroyed, multiple cars were thrown and mangled, and a school building had much of its top floor destroyed. A church was completely leveled as the tornado exited the town.[68] Past Pilger, the twin tornadoes continued northeast, with the main tornado debarking several trees at EF3 strength and tearing the roofs off of two homes, while the other tornado damaged several farms at EF2 strength and snapped multiple trees.[69] Both tornadoes grew in size as the damage paths shifted closer to each other. The main Pilger tornado destroyed outbuildings and snapped trees and power poles at EF2 strength, while the other tornado reached EF3 strength, snapping a metal transmission pole, destroying several barns, and inflicting EF1 damage to a house at the edge of the path. Both tornadoes then reached EF4 strength simultaneously as the paths crossed. Numerous trees were completely debarked in this area, a house was leveled, and another was swept completely away with only the basement remaining.[70] After the tornadoes crossed paths, the second tornado veered to the north and destroyed an outbuilding, and tore the roof and some walls from a house at EF2 strength before lifting. The main Pilger tornado maintained EF4 strength as it continued northeast, sweeping away three additional farm homes and toppling a metal transmission tower before dissipating.[71]

House that was swept completely away by the EF4 Wakefield tornado.

The fifth and final tornado spawned by this supercell touched down as the main Pilger tornado was dissipating. This large wedge tornado began moving due-north, snapping numerous trees, destroying barns, and tearing the roofs off of multiple homes at EF2 strength. A large grain bin was heavily damaged as well. The tornado then reached EF4 intensity as it crossed 854th Rd, sweeping away several farm homes at that location and debarking multiple trees. The tornado then weakened back to EF2 strength as it passed east of Wakefield, destroying outbuildings, snapping trees and power poles, and tearing roofs off of homes before dissipating north of town.[72]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c All dates are based on the local time zone where the tornado touched down; however, all times are in Coordinated Universal Time for consistency.
  2. ^ a b c All damage totals are in 2014 USD unless otherwise stated.

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