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Scar of devastating Oklahoma EF-4 tornado can be seen from space

todayMay 9, 2024 2

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BARNSDALL, Okla. – The EF-4 tornado that destroyed much of Bartlesville and Barndsall, Oklahoma on Sunday, left a scar so large that it could be seen by satellites.NWS survey teams calculated the path to be 39.1 miles long and at one point, it was almost a mile wide. A European Space Agency satellite captured this image on May 5, the day after the deadly tornado. The enhanced satellite image clearly shows the disturbed path from lower left to upper right.The sun-synchronous satellite sits about 488 miles above the surface of the Earth.Even the true color satellite image shows the path, although it is harder to see. Look for the brown line through the vegetation southwest of the lake as it crosses the western branch. You can pick it up again northeast of the white patch of clouds. It churns up more dirt through the Osage Reservation before hitting the southeast side of Barnsdall. The debris path gets lighter as it picks up and scatters the lumber, insulation and siding that were homes the day before.FAMILY ESCAPES HOME MINUTES BEFORE OKLAHOMA TORNADO WIPED IT OUT: ‘WE WERE TERRIFIED’This is what the tornado looked like from the ground:The NWS issued a Tornado Emergency, the most dire of tornado alerts, for Osage County in Oklahoma on Monday evening as the storm approached. The NWS referred to a “large and destructive tornado” moving toward Barnsdall and causing catastrophic damage.TOWNS REELING ACROSS CENTRAL US AFTER ANOTHER ROUND OF DEADLY SEVERE WEATHER DECIMATES TOWNS”We have a big area of total destruction,” Osage County Emergency Management Director Jerry Roberts told FOX Weather.One person died and eight more were injured. In Barnsdall alone, 40 homes were damaged. The town water system was destroyed. Utilities are just now getting the upper hand in capping gas leaks and repairing power poles. 

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