NWS assessors visit Quapaw to rate tornado

NWS assessors visit Quapaw to rate tornado
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Some National Weather Service assessors from Tulsa were surveying damages in Quapaw. The Quapaw fire chief says about 60 homes were damages from yesterday’s tornado. Fifteen buildings, including businesses, were destroyed.

One National Weather Service forecaster says the tornado in Quapaw could have been much worse.

“There was a lot of potential in the atmosphere. You just have to look a little bit farther into the Southeast, into Arkansas, and see what kind of fury was unleashed there. And so really, this whole area was in danger. Those types of days, situations, go quickly and you can get a lot of damage fast. And this was bad. And it could have been even worse,” says Steve Piltz.

When asked about the lack of warning time for Quapaw residents, Piltz said, “It’s pretty much a worst case scenario, where the tornado formed basically right in Quapaw before anything could really be done about it. The tornado warning was eventually issued as it moved into Kansas. But for Quapaw itself, it was ground zero and it was the first to be struck. And that’s just the worst case.”

The Quapaw tornado has now been classified as an EF-2.