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Tornado Outbreak! A Very Rare Event

17 Nov 2015, 4:14 pm

Halliburton Tornado
Two EF-3 tornadoes were confirmed by the National Weather Service on Tuesday, the first confirmed EF-3 or greater tornadoes in the United States in more than four months.

The tornadoes took place on Monday night as part of a significant late autumn severe weather outbreak that stretched from Nebraska to Texas, but it was in the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles along with the southwestern corner of Kansas where the worst of Monday’s weather occurred. An EF-3 near Pampa, Texas reportedly destroyed a vacated Halliburton plant, and another EF-3 near Kismet, Kansas caused widespread tree and house damage.

Despite the high ratings, however, no injuries were reported with any of the tornadoes.

An EF-3 tornado contains wind speeds between 138 and 167 miles-per-hour, according to the Storm Prediction Center. The last tornado of EF-3 or greater strength was on July 13th, when a similar twister struck Nickerson, Kansas. The two EF-3s bring the 2015 total to 15, with only one tornado of greater than EF-3 strength (the April EF-4 Rochelle, Illinois twister) so far this year.

More tornadoes with the same system were anticipated for parts of the Southeast on Tuesday evening. Stay with WeatherNation for the latest.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist, Chris Bianchi

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