... Pawnee County tornado now rated as EF4...
Maximum ef-scale rating: EF4
Begin date: 18 may 2013
begin time/location: 7:18 PM CDT six miles southwest of Rozel.
End date: 18 may 2013
end time/location: 7:47 PM CDT three miles northwest of Rozel.
Maximum estimated wind speed: 165 to 185 mph
path length: 7 miles
maximum path width: 1100 yards
A supercell thunderstorm developed northeast of Dodge City around
530 PM Saturday afternoon and became tornadic after moving into
Pawnee County. A tornado formed six miles southwest of Rozel at
718 PM CDT and moved to one mile west of Rozel before turning to
the northwest and dissipating 3 miles northwest of town at 747 PM
CDT. The damage path was a wide as five eights of a mile. Considerable
damage was done to trees, and several power poles were snapped. A
house about 2.5 miles southwest of Rozel lost most of its roof and
some of its exterior walls. A damage survey of the tornado was
conducted Sunday, and along with measured wind speeds from a
Mobile research radar confirmed speeds as high as 165 to 185 mph
or EF4 intensity.
Another tornado touched down briefly 6 miles east of Rozel at 750
PM CDT. Damage was done to a metal pole, and the tornado intensity
was rated EF0 with maximum wind speeds estimated at 85 mph.
More details are available on the Dodge City National Weather
Service web Page at weather.Gov/ddc.