NWS: EF-2 Tornado Destroyed Home In Red Oak, Oklahoma

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Tornado path near Red Oak, Oklahoma/ Courtesy: James Aydelott

RED OAK, OKLAHOMA (KFSM) – The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-2 tornado after surveying extensive tree damage and the destruction of one home near the town of Red Oak, Oklahoma, on Sunday (May 10).

The strong tornado was on the ground in Latimer County for about 15 miles and was at least 440 yards wide, according to a report for the National Weather Service.

The report states the tornado developed near the intersection of Oklahoma 1 and Oklahoma 2 in open country, before severely damaging a wood framed building, several homes and a metal building. An oil drilling platform was also damaged as the storm made a northeast track. The tornado snapped and uprooted trees, before dissipating near northeast 12th Rd.

Survey teams with the National Weather Service had to rely heavily on aerial footage to determine the ranking, due to flooding in the area, according to the report.

The storm hit the Red Oak area at 7:18 p.m. It had estimated wind speeds of 115 to 125 miles per hour.