Tornado touches down in Woodward County

A tornado was reported Monday afternoon near Woodward, according to the National Weather Service.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: April 9, 2012 at 10:08 pm •  Published: April 9, 2012

— A tornado was spotted Monday afternoon in Woodward County, but large hail apparently did more damage, authorities said.

Softball-sized hailstones smashed the windshields and lights on more than 100 vehicles. Three people were hurt, including a newborn who suffered minor injuries from glass fragments, Woodward County Emergency Manager Matt Lehenbauer said.

Straight-line winds also tore the roof off a home southwest of Woodward, Lehenbauer said.

“From structural and vehicle damage, we're estimating damage to be over a quarter of a million dollars,” he said.

Funnel clouds formed near the city of Woodward, but the tornado hit south-southwest of the city, Lehenbauer said.

“We did not at any time have a direct threat to the city of Woodward,” he said. “We tracked a tornado from just west of Woodward to just west of Mutual.

“The same storm kept dropping tornadoes that would last a few minutes, lift back up and drop another one,” Lehenbauer said.

One home two miles east of Sharon is thought to have sustained damage from the tornado but had not been evaluated Monday night.

“I would imagine there were probably more than the one (tornado) reported. We did have some reports of more. They were very brief, what occurred today,” National Weather Service meteorologist Ty Judd said.



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