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NWS: EF-1 Tornado hit Norman

Posted at 6:21 PM, May 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-03 22:33:48-04

NORMAN -- The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-1 tornado hit Norman Wednesday night.

They determined the path was about eight miles long.

The majority of the damage was insignificant. The Norman Fire Department said the damage reports they received were mostly for trees, roof shingles, house siding and fences.

"Most tornados in Oklahoma are relatively week," Rick Smith, a warning coordinator meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said. "They don’t last very long. The winds are less than 100 miles per hour, so sometimes when you go out and look at the damage, it’s difficult to find."

One home off Dixon Street suffered severe damage. The roof flew off of the home and landed in the neighbors yard. Their carport was crushed and a car in the yard was crushed by a tree.

Smith said they use damage they find and the path on the radar of what they believed to be a tornado to determine if a tornado hit.

"We are also surveying damage out in southwest Oklahoma where there is not as many trees and there’s not as many buildings to hit," Smith said. "It is very difficult to determine if there was a tornado when there’s not as many things in the way of the tornado."


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