NWS: Quapaw tornado had max wind speed of 130 mph

Severe Weather

QUAPAW, Okla. (AP) — Storm surveyors have released more information on a tornado that killed one person in Quapaw earlier this week.

The National Weather Service in Tulsa says the EF2 tornado started at 5:29 p.m. Sunday about 3 miles southwest of Quapaw. The tornado packing maximum wind speeds of 115 to 130 mph traveled more than 11 miles and crossed the Kansas border to Baxter Springs before it ended at 5:42 p.m. The tornado had a maximum width of 325 yards.

A Baxter Springs, Kan., man was killed in Quapaw when he and his wife pulled over into a parking lot and concrete wall fell on the car. At least 36 other people sustained injuries in Quapaw and Baxter Springs.

The Kansas portion of the tornado was also rated EF2 based on damage.

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