Recap: Tornadoes Rake Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa

Jon Erdman
Published: May 21, 2013

Edmond/Lincoln seen by Cantore

The next supercell slowly organized over the far northwest suburbs of Oklahoma City before first dropping a tornado in the suburb of Edmond, right in front of Meteorologist Jim Cantore and Storm Chaser Reed Timmer.  

Unfortunately, the tornado would only intensify and grow in size as it tracked near the towns of Arcadia, Luther, Wellston and Carney, Okla., exhibiting a classic "debris ball" signature on radar, a sign of debris lofted by the tornado.  

Radar reflectivity (left) and storm-relative velocity (right) from 4:15 p.m. until 5:23 p.m. CT illustrating the tornadic circulation tracking from Edmond, Okla. to Lincoln County, Okla. on May 19, 2013. (Images: Gibson Ridge/NWS)

As concern mounted the supercell might continue a march parallel to Interstate 44 toward the Tulsa metro, the tornado finally fizzled in northeast Lincoln County.

Some homes were damaged in Edmond, and at least one home was destroyed southwest of Carney, Okla.  

However, as this supercell was winding down, perhaps the most destructive tornado of the day yet was about to begin its rampage.

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