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NWS: Talala tornado on Tuesday given preliminary EF-2 rating

Posted at 11:51 AM, May 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-02 15:28:44-04

TALALA, Okla. — The National Weather Service says a tornado that hit the town of Talala on Tuesday has been given a preliminary EF-2 rating.

The NWS says the tornado had a satellite tornado, meaning there were actually two tornadoes in the storm.

RELATED: Estimated EF-2 tornado tears through Talala homes

The weather service also gave preliminary ratings to two additional tornadoes. A tornado north of Haskell was rated as an EF-1, and a tornado in Bald Hill in Okmulgee County was an EF-0.

More than a dozen tornadoes were reported across Oklahoma on Tuesday, with damage reports coming in from across the state.

Because the Talala tornado's path mostly went through fields, there was not a ton of damage done. However, Meteorologist in-charge Steve Piltz with the National Weather Service in Tulsa says the storm could have been an EF-2 when it hit one home, and could even have been an EF-3 somewhere along its path.

Rogers County Emergency Management Director Scotty Stokes says the tornado could have done a lot more damage if it had gone through a more populated area, as it leveled a few buildings, hit multiple homes, and flung debris for miles.

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