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Event Details

Event Tornado
-- Scale EF5
-- Length 25.8 Miles
-- Width 3000 Yards
State KANSAS
County/Area KIOWA
WFO DDC
Report Source NWS Storm Survey
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2007-05-04 20:03:00.0 CST-6
Begin Location 14SSE MULLINVILLE
Begin Lat/Lon 37.39/-99.38
End Date 2007-05-04 21:05:00.0 CST-6
End Location 2NW GREENSBURG
End Lat/Lon 37.62/-99.33
Deaths Direct/Indirect 11/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 63/0
Property Damage 250.00M
Crop Damage
Episode Narrative A destructive tornado, the first 5 rating on the new Enhanced-Fujita Scale and the first 5 classification since May 3, 1999 when an F5 tornado ripped through Moore, Oklahoma occurred on this day. There were 12 tornadoes during about a 4 hour period, one a little over 2 miles wide! Two of the tornadoes existed for over 1 hour as they churned up the ground, leveling homes and causing fatalities along their path. Miraculously, on 13 people perished, 11 in Greensburg - a miracle because over 90 percent of the town of Greensburg was literately wiped off the face of the earth.
Another round of tornadoes occurred the following day across generally the same area. Nearly 250 pivot irrigation sprinklers were damaged or destroyed during the 2 day outbreak. Due to the number of sprinklers involved and the lack of replacements, some farmers would be out of service for over 1 year.
Event Narrative This killer tornado started in Comanche county and crossed into Kiowa county at 2003 CST / 2103 CDT. It curved north then northwest before making a complete loop northwest of Greensburg. Thus, the path was 25.8 miles.
This tornado destroyed nearly 95 percent of the town of Greensburg and despite adequate warning, unfortunately took the life of 11 people, some that were in basements. First responders arriving on the scene requested three refrigerated refer trucks thinking there would be hundreds of fatalities. It also destroyed a dozen homes and a church south of Greensburg but did not cause injury. In all, 961 homes and businesses were destroyed, 216 received major damage and 307 received minor damage.
As the tornado was dissipating it turned northwest, west, south and then back east making a loop. This was documented on both high resolution doppler radar and through the ground survey. Also as the tornado was dissipating a new circulation quickly grew northeast of town.
Several oil storage tanks were destroyed causing an environmental concern. In the town of Greensburg, hazardous material was strewn everywhere. As of July 26th, the debris was still not fully cleaned up. Two landfills were filled with debris from the town and this was even as most was burned. Hundreds of thousands of dump truck loads were taken out. It was estimated that approximately 400,000 cubic yards of debris was removed. The major highway running through town was closed for 1 full month.
At one time there were over 150 law enforcement officers (from all over the country) present. Military was called in for debris removal and rebuilding.
Damage of insured losses exceeded $150 million, but including un-insured losses, was roughly 250 million dollars.
**** NOTE **** The 11th victim passed away on September 19th, 2007 after a long battle with a head injury sustained during the tornado.


Event Fatality Details

Type Age Gender Fatality Location
Death 77 Male Permanent Home
Death 76 Female Permanent Home
Death 49 Male Permanent Home
Death 72 Female Permanent Home
Death 79 Male Mobile/Trailer Home
Death 52 Male Permanent Home
Death 78 Female Permanent Home
Death 63 Male In Water
Death 52 Female Permanent Home
Death 77 Male Permanent Home


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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 13 66 251.500M 0.00K
ASHLAND CLARK CO. KS 05/04/2007 18:42 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ASHLAND CLARK CO. KS 05/04/2007 18:43 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SITKA CLARK CO. KS 05/04/2007 18:45 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CLARK STATE LAKE CLARK CO. KS 05/04/2007 19:03 CST-6 Hail 2.50 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MULLINVILLE KIOWA CO. KS 05/04/2007 19:10 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BUCKLIN FORD CO. KS 05/04/2007 19:12 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MULLINVILLE KIOWA CO. KS 05/04/2007 19:18 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PROTECTION COMANCHE CO. KS 05/04/2007 19:30 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SITKA CLARK CO. KS 05/04/2007 19:32 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SITKA CLARK CO. KS 05/04/2007 19:34 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PROTECTION COMANCHE CO. KS 05/04/2007 19:48 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SITKA CLARK CO. KS 05/04/2007 19:50 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
COLDWATER COMANCHE CO. KS 05/04/2007 20:00 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FORD FORD CO. KS 05/04/2007 20:00 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GARFIELD PAWNEE CO. KS 05/04/2007 20:00 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WILLIAMS EDWARDS CO. KS 05/04/2007 20:01 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MULLINVILLE KIOWA CO. KS 05/04/2007 20:03 CST-6 Tornado EF5 11 63 250.000M 0.00K
FORD FORD CO. KS 05/04/2007 20:05 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
COLDWATER COMANCHE CO. KS 05/04/2007 20:08 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MULLINVILLE KIOWA CO. KS 05/04/2007 20:09 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ELLIS ELLIS CO. KS 05/04/2007 20:15 CST-6 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GARFIELD PAWNEE CO. KS 05/04/2007 20:15 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LARNED PAWNEE CO ARP PAWNEE CO. KS 05/04/2007 20:15 CST-6 Hail 2.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
RIGA TREGO CO. KS 05/04/2007 20:15 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MULLINVILLE KIOWA CO. KS 05/04/2007 20:25 CST-6 Hail 1.25 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
RUSH CENTER RUSH CO. KS 05/04/2007 20:25 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ARDELL EDWARDS CO. KS 05/04/2007 20:30 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SPEARVILLE FORD CO. KS 05/04/2007 20:30 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GREENSBURG KIOWA CO. KS 05/04/2007 20:34 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
JETMORE HODGEMAN CO. KS 05/04/2007 20:45 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
JETMORE MUNI ARPT HODGEMAN CO. KS 05/04/2007 20:45 CST-6 Hail 0.88 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ROZEL PAWNEE CO. KS 05/04/2007 20:45 CST-6 Hail 2.50 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
JETMORE HODGEMAN CO. KS 05/04/2007 20:53 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GREENSBURG ARPT KIOWA CO. KS 05/04/2007 20:55 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ROZEL PAWNEE CO. KS 05/04/2007 21:00 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
RUSH CENTER RUSH CO. KS 05/04/2007 21:01 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GREENSBURG ARPT KIOWA CO. KS 05/04/2007 21:03 CST-6 Tornado EF2 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BURDETT ROZEL ARPT PAWNEE CO. KS 05/04/2007 21:10 CST-6 Hail 0.88 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BISON RUSH CO. KS 05/04/2007 21:15 CST-6 Hail 0.88 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GRAY HODGEMAN CO. KS 05/04/2007 21:15 CST-6 Hail 0.88 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BAZINE NESS CO. KS 05/04/2007 21:30 CST-6 Hail 0.88 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TROUSDALE EDWARDS CO. KS 05/04/2007 21:31 CST-6 Tornado EF3 0 1 1.500M 0.00K
WELLSFORD KIOWA CO. KS 05/04/2007 21:39 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BAZINE NESS CO. KS 05/04/2007 21:41 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BROWNELL NESS CO. KS 05/04/2007 21:45 CST-6 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TROUSDALE EDWARDS CO. KS 05/04/2007 21:45 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HOPEWELL PRATT CO. KS 05/04/2007 21:48 CST-6 Tornado EF3 1 1 0.00K 0.00K
BROWNELL NESS CO. KS 05/04/2007 21:50 CST-6 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
RIGA TREGO CO. KS 05/04/2007 22:05 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MACKSVILLE STAFFORD CO. KS 05/04/2007 22:08 CST-6 Tornado EF3 0 1 0.00K 0.00K
MACKSVILLE STAFFORD CO. KS 05/04/2007 22:34 CST-6 Tornado EF3 1 0 0.00K 0.00K
LARNED PAWNEE CO. KS 05/04/2007 23:05 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HUDSON STAFFORD CO. KS 05/04/2007 23:28 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
OTIS RUSH CO. KS 05/05/2007 23:00 CST-6 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 13 66 251.500M 0.00K