Preliminary report from National Weather Service shows 3 tornadoes tore through S.W. Oklahoma

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NINNEKAH, Okla. – After severe storms caused damage across southwestern Oklahoma on Friday, crews from the National Weather Service were trying to learn more about those storms on Saturday.

Crews look at the direction of debris and how the trees came to rest.

Then, they combine that with data from the storm to determine a tornado rating.

Preliminary information from the NWS indicates the tornadoes that tore through Ninnekah and Fletcher were EF-1 tornadoes.

The NWS says an EF-1 tornado hit the ground in Elgin around 3:30 p.m. and moved northeast through Fletcher.

The tornado dissipated about 10 minutes later, leaving at least one family without a home.

Winds from that tornado reached about 95 miles per hour.

Ninnekah was one of the hardest hit areas in central Oklahoma.

The NWS says the tornado developed around 4:03 p.m. near Ninnekah.

At one point, the area experienced 105 miles per hour winds.

After traveling northeast for about 12 miles, the tornado dissipated around 4:22 p.m , leaving behind destruction.

At least one mobile home was destroyed and others were badly damaged.

The NWS also says an EF-0 tornado tore through the Cyril area around 3:54 p.m.

The survey team says the brief EF-0 tornado produced minor damage to a house near the H.E. Bailey Turnpike.

Officials believe winds from that tornado reached about 65 miles per hour.


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