Updated Report on NE Montana Tornado

One of the strongest tornadoes to strike Montana was near Medicine Lake in the far eastern part of Montana. Dallas Aero was able to capture these two photos from the air to show the extensive damage. The tornado killed two people and injured a third.

Evaluated as a EF3 with winds of 150 mph or more local experts continue to examine the site just west of Reserve, Montana.

Courtesy: Dallas Aero

Courtesy: Dallas Aero

Here is the latest statement issued by the National Weather Service in Glasgow this afternoon:

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GLASGOW MT
252 PM MDT WED JUL 28 2010

...PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...

...DAMAGE SURVEY COMPLETED FOR SIGNIFICANT TORNADO IN SHERIDAN COUNTY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN GLASGOW HAS
COMPLETED A SURVEY OF THE DAMAGE PATH OF A SIGNIFICANT TORNADO THAT STRUCK
SHERIDAN COUNTY ON THE EVENING OF JULY 26.  THE TORNADO INITIALLY TOUCHED
DOWN NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF WOLF ROAD AND SOUTH REDSTONE ROAD 12 MILES
SOUTH OF REDSTONE AT ABOUT 7:00 PM.   THE TORNADO TRACKED EAST SOUTH EAST AT
ABOUT 30 MPH AND LIFTED AT ABOUT 7:35 PM 7.5 MILES WEST NORTH WEST
OF MEDICINE LAKE...WITH A TOTAL PATH LENGTH OF 18 MILES.  THE MAXIMUM
WIDTH OF THE DAMAGE PATH WAS ABOUT .50 MILES...AND THE ESTIMATED WIDTH
NEAR THE SMITH FARM RESIDENCE...WHERE 2 FATALITIES AND 1 INJURY WERE
REPORTED...WAS .30 MILES.

IN ADDITION TO THE DESTRUCTION OF THE SMITH FARM...A SMALL BRIDGE WAS DESTROYED
ON 3 CORNERS ROAD...A VACANT HOUSE WAS REMOVED FROM ITS FOUNDATION 3
MILES NORTHWEST OF THE SMITH FARM...AND ABOUT 6 MILES OF POWER POLES WERE BROKEN
ALONG RESERVE AND WANSO ROADS.

THE TORNADO WAS RATED EF-3 ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE WITH ESTIMATED WIND SPEEDS
AROUND 150 MPH.

THIS WAS ONE OF THE STRONGEST TORNADOES IN MONTANA HISTORY.  PREVIOUS TORNADOES
RATED F-3 IN INTENSITY ON THE FUJITA SCALE INCLUDE:

JUNE  7 1946    ROOSEVELT COUNTY     ONE FATALITY/ONE INJURY
JUNE 19 1952    WIBAUX COUNTY        ONE FATALITY/TWO INJURIES
JULY  5 1988    CHOTEAU              TWO INJURIES

THIS WAS ALSO THE DEADLIEST TORNADO IN MONTANA HISTORY WITH THE 2 FATALITIES
EQUAL TO THE TWO FATALITIES IN A TORNADO LAST RECORDED ON JUNE 10 1923 IN
MINERAL COUNTY FROM A TORNADO RATED F1.
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