The following summary was taken from a public information statement issued by the NWS Norman forecast office at 4:41 pm CDT on Monday, April 16, 2012.
Beginning Time: ~1150 pm CDT, April 14, 2012
Ending Time: ~1227 am CDT, April 15, 2012
Beginning Location: 2 NE Arnett (Ellis County)
Ending Location: 4 N Woodward (Woodward County)
EF-Scale Rating: EF-3 (Max Wind Speed 136-165 mph)
The tornado developed approximately 2 miles northeast of Arnett at 11:50 pm CDT on April 14, 2012 and moved northeast. Six structures were damaged as the tornado moved toward the Woodward county line. Only minor damage, downed trees and power poles/lines, was seen as the tornado moved over mainly rural portions of Woodward County.
At approximately 12:12 am CDT on April 15, 2012, the tornado struck two mobile homes 5 miles southwest of Woodward. The damage here was determined to be EF-2 in intensity, and also resulted in 3 fatalities.
The heaviest damage, rated EF-3, was reported as the tornado entered the southwest sides of Woodward around 12:18 am CDT. Several homes and businesses were heavily damaged as the tornado continued northeast.
Several more mobile homes were destroyed by the tornado on the north side of Woodward, and resulted in 3 additional fatalities. The tornado finally exited the city of Woodward at approximately 12:23 am CDT, eventually dissipating approximately 4 miles north of Woodward at 12:27 am CDT.
This tornado information should still be considered preliminary as we continue to look over information.
|10:45 am CDT||PDS Tornado Watch, including Woodward County, valid until 600pm CDT|
|5:25 pm CDT||PDS Tornado Watch, including Woodward County, valid until 200am CDT|
|10:35 pm CDT||Severe Thunderstorm Warning||Destructive winds to 70 mph and golf ball size hail|
|11:13 pm CDT||Severe Thunderstorm Warning||Destructive winds to 70 mph and golf ball size hail; tornados can occur|
|11:42 pm CDT||Severe Weather Statement||Destructive winds to 70 mph and golf ball size hail|
|12:00 am CDT||Tornado Warning, including the city of Woodward||Trained storm spotters reported a tornado 7 miles southeast of Gage|
|12:08 am CDT||Severe Weather Statement||Tornado with history of producing structural damage near Fargo|
|12:16 am CDT||Tornado Warning, including the city of Woodward||Dangerous tornado with history of producing significant damage|
|12:20 am CDT||Severe Weather Statement||At 1218 AM, a large dangerous tornado moving into Woodward|
|12:33 am CDT||Severe Weather Statement||Large dangerous tornado with history of producing significant damage in Woodward|