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August 2-4, 2018 Tornado Outbreak
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The only EF5 of the Outbreak on the 3rd, near Prague, Oklahoma.
Type: Unknown
Active: August 2-4, 2018
Duration of tornado outbreak1: 2 days, 2 hours, 38 minutes
Maximum rated tornado2: EF5 tornado
Highest winds 296 mph (476 km/h)

(Prague, Oklahoma EF5 on August 3rd)

Tornadoes confirmed: 60
Damage: $16,886,018,150 (2018 USD)
Injuries: Unknown
Fatalities: 262
Areas affected: US States of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and South Dakota

1Time from first tornado to last tornado
2Most severe tornado damage; see wikipedia:Enhanced Fujita scale

The August 2-4, 2018 Tornado Outbreak was a medium, deadly, and costly outbreak that occurred primarily in the Midwestern United States.

In all, a total of 60 tornadoes touched down, including 22 EF0's, 16 EF1's, 9 EF2's, 7 EF3's, 5 EF4's, and 1 EF5. A total of 262 people died, another 5,175 were injured and $16.88 billion (2018 USD) in damages was done.

The strongest tornado of the outbreak was the Prague, Oklahoma EF5 with winds up to 296 mph (476 km/h). The weakest tornado was an EF0 near Moore, Oklahoma with recorded wind speeds just under 30 mph (48 km/h) on August 4.

The deadliest and costliest was also the Prague EF5. The outbreak occurred as of a result of high amounts of instability in the atmosphere and storms that formed in Europe strengthened over the Atlantic Ocean and caused this outbreak to form supercells and cause many strong and violent twisters.

Extensive damage occurred as of a result from this outbreak, including: destroyed homes, restaurants, businesses, and multiple factories, damage to millions of trees, thousands of cars were also either damaged, destroyed or never located. Multiple buildings were as extensively damaged from a few EF2's and EF3's.

The Prague, OK EF5 had one of the highest recorded wind speeds of the entire 2018 Tornado Season. The EF5 is also considered one of the most violent tornadoes ever.

The outbreak also is known for it's damage, causing over $16.8 billion (2018 USD) in damages. The state of Oklahoma had the most tornadoes with a total number of 49 tornadoes. Just like the 2018 Super Outbreak, the state recorded the most tornadoes in an outbreak.

Synopsis

Confirmed
Total
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EF1
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EF2
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EF3
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EF4
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EF5
60 22 16 9 7 5 1


A total of tornadoes touched down, causing deaths, injuries, and in damages. A total of 22 EF0's, 16 EF1's, 9 EF2's, 7 EF3's, 5 EF4's, and 1 EF5 touched down over the course of the outbreak.

Tornado Statistics

Tornadoes by Day
State Total EF0 EF1 EF2 EF3 EF4 EF5
August 2 14 5 6 1 1 1 0
August 3 38 13 8 7 5 4 1
August 4 8 4 2 1 1 0 0
Total 60 22 16 9 7 5 1

Tornadoes by State 

State Tornadoes
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Oklahoma
49
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Kansas
2
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Minnesota
2
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Missouri
2
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Illinois
1
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Indiana
1
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South Dakota
1
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Wisconsin
1

Events

August 2

Confirmed
Total
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EF0
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EF1
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EF2
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EF3
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EF4
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EF5
14 5 6 1 1 1 0


EF# Location Time (UTC) Width Comments
Minnesota
EF0 Chandler, Minnesota 1645 40 meters A brief tornado caused no damage.
EF0 Melrose, Minnesota 1657 5 meters A couple trees were pushed over as well as a house's roof being minorly damaged.
Wisconsin
EF1 Oakfield, Wisconsin 1703 80 meters A mobile home was severely damaged, injuring 2. $15,000 in damages was done.
Indiana
EF1 Henryville, Indiana 1706 35 meters A house sustained severe roof damage. $8,500 in damages was done.
Illinois
EF1 Rochelle, Illinois 1717 75 meters A house sustained minor structural damage along with severe roof damage. $16,500 in damages was done.
South Dakota
EF1 Spencer, South Dakota 1723 40 meters A mobile home was nearly lifted. $16,000 in damages occurred.
Iowa
EF4 Davenport, Iowa 1756 2,360 meters 4 deaths - See Article on this Tornado - A violent, multi-vortex EF4 caused devastating damage to hundreds of homes, killing 4. A tornado emergency was issued for Quad City. TaxSlayer Center was nearly destroyed. Another 547 were injured and $1.9 billion in damages was done.
Missouri
EF1 Creighton, Missouri 1812 80 meters A mobile home was nearly destroyed. $23,000 in damages.
EF1 Joplin, Missouri 1817 140 meters A house had major roof damage. $9,000 in damages.
Kansas
EF2 Andover, Kansas 1823 600 meters 2 deaths - Dozens mobile home was destroyed along with considerable damage to multiple houses. $1,265,000 in damages. 125 were injured.
EF3 Olathe, Kansas 1830 1,220 meters 3 deaths - Hundreds of houses were severely damaged along with mobile homes being destroyed, killing 3. 96 more were injured along with $67 million in damages.
Oklahoma
EF0 Perry, Oklahoma 2302 20 meters A storm chaser reported a brief touchdown.
EF0 Red Rock, Oklahoma 2305 10 meters A thin tornado caused no damage.
EF0 Mulhall, Oklahoma 2313 5 meters A pencil-like tornado caused no damage.

August 3

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Total
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EF0
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EF1
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EF2
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EF3
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EF4
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EF5
38 13 8 7 5 4 1


All of the 38 twisters on the 3rd happened in Oklahoma.

EF# Location Time (UTC) Width Comments
Oklahoma
EF0 Keyes, Oklahoma 1456 5 meters A brief touchdown caused no damage.
EF0 Boise City, Oklahoma 1504 15 meters No damage occurred.
EF0 Tulsa, Oklahoma 1511 30 meters A few shallow trees were pushed over. $500 in damages.
EF0 Broken Arrow, Oklahoma 1513 5 meters A brief touchdown caused no damage.
EF0 Broken Bow, Oklahoma 1546 30 meters No damage occurred.
EF1 Bridge Creek, Oklahoma 1551 60 meters A mobile home was badly damaged. $25,000 in damages.
EF1 Moore, Oklahoma 1602 100 meters A house received major roof damage. $7,500 in damages.
EF2 Amber, Oklahoma 1606 350 meters 1 death - A mobile home was destroyed, killing 1 and injuring 2. $54,000 in damages.
EF2 Chickasha, Oklahoma 1608 475 meters A house was considerably damaged, injuring 4. $123,000 in damages.
EF2 Kingfisher, Oklahoma 1611 665 meters 3 deaths - Dozens of homes were severely damaged, causing $1.3 million in damages, 3 deaths, and 102 injuries. Rated high-end EF2.
EF2 Minco, Oklahoma 1614 435 meters 1 death - A mobile home was destroyed, killing 1 and injuring 2. $15,700 in damages was done.
EF3 Anadarko, Oklahoma 1616 980 meters 7 deaths - Dozens of homes, restaurants, businesses, and factories were severely damaged, killing 7, injuring 234, and causing $667 million in damages.
EF2 Del City, Oklahoma 1621 640 meters A mobile home was destroyed, injuring 1. $65,000 in damages.
EF2 Midwest City, Oklahoma 1624 610 meters Multiple homes were considerably damaged, injuring 4 and causing $147,000 in damages.
EF1 Goldsby, Oklahoma 1625 125 meters A mobile home was severely damaged. $21,000 in damages.
EF1 Washington, Oklahoma 1627 110 meters A house had severe roof damage. $11,500 in damages.
EF0 Sulphur, Oklahoma 1628 35 meters A brief tornado caused no damage.
EF0 Wynnewood, Oklahoma 1631 20 meters A few trees were downed.
EF0 Katie, Oklahoma 1633 65 meters A house sustained minor damage and a trampoline was tipped over. $1,350 in damages.
EF1 Woodward, Oklahoma 1638 195 meters A mobile home was badly damaged. $15,000 in damages. 1 person was injured.
EF1 Antlers, Oklahoma 1643 400 meters A house sustained major roof damage. $7,000 in damages.
EF1 Leedey, Oklahoma 1646 160 meters A mobile home was nearly destroyed. $16,000 in damages.
EF3 Binger, Oklahoma 1651 1,750 meters 6 deaths - See Article on this Tornado - A large-wedge EF3 caused 6 deaths along with 45 injuries and $1.01 billion in damages. The twister was exceptionally long tracked and damaged thousands of homes and was rated high-end EF3.
EF3 Elgin, Oklahoma 1704 990 meters 2 deaths - 2 deaths occurred as of a result from a home being completely demolished. Another 17 were injured and $1 million in damages was done.
EF3 Cyril, Oklahoma 1708 1,000 meters Dozens of homes were severely damaged, injuring 6 and causing $4.06 million in damages.
EF3 Hydro, Oklahoma 1711 1,405 meters 1 death - A mobile home was destroyed, killing 1 and injuring 12. $2.4 million in damages was done.
EF2 Blanchard, Oklahoma 1714 600 meters A mobile home was destroyed, injuring 2. $145,000 in damages was done.
EF0 Snyder, Oklahoma 1717 75 meters No damage occurred.
EF0 Snyder, Oklahoma 1719 50 meters A few trees were tipped over, causing $1,000 in damages.
EF1 El Reno, Oklahoma 1723 130 meters A mobile home was severely damaged. $12,000 in damages.
EF0 Yukon, Oklahoma 1726 30 meters No damage occurred.
EF0 Okarche, Oklahoma 1732 65 meters A tree was tipped over, causing $600 in damages.
EF0 Piedmont, Oklahoma 1754 70 meters A touchdown in an open field caused no damage.
EF4 Piedmont, Oklahoma 1932 2,050 meters 17 deaths - See Article on this Tornado - A violent, catastrophic, and multi-vortex EF4 caused devastating damage to hundreds of homes, killing 17. Multiple restaurants, businesses, and factories were leveled. Over 450 cars were either tossed and mangled beyond recognition, while other's were never found. Another 676 were injured along with $1.6 billion in damages.
EF4 Piedmont, Oklahoma 1957 1,870 meters 11 deaths - See Article on this Tornado - A large EF4 caused devastating damage to hundreds of homes, killing 11. Restaurants and car dealerships were also leveled. Hundreds of cars were also tossed long distances. 432 more were injured along with $1 billion in damages.
EF4 Guthrie, Oklahoma 2001 3,540 meters 16 deaths - See Article on this Tornado - A large and violent EF4 caused devastating damage to hundreds of homes, killing 16. In addition, 343 were injured along with $1.1 billion in damages. Multiple restaurants and businesses were leveled. Over 500 cars were thrown up to 700 yards from it's origin.
EF4 Prague, Oklahoma 2009 3,265 meters 4 deaths - See Article on this Tornado - A large wedge EF4 caused devastating damage to hundreds of homes, killing 4. Another 575 were injured along with $1.4 billion in damages was done. Over 265 cars were also tossed a considerable distance.
EF5 Prague, Oklahoma 2018 3,020 meters 176 deaths - See Article on This Tornado - A large, violent, and catastrophic EF5 killed 176, injured 1,797, and caused $7.65 billion in damages. Thousands of homes, restaurants, businesses, factories, and car dealerships were absolutely leveled. Over 5,450 cars were either tossed and found mangled beyond recognition or were never found. Ranking as the one of the deadliest tornadoes ever and the 6th costliest tornado of all time, mobile radar recorded wind speeds up to 296 mph (476 km/h). Meteorologist Thomas Grazulis stated that "this is one of the most deadliest, most destructive, and most violent tornadoes he has ever seen".

August 4

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Total
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EF1
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EF2
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EF3
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8 4 2 1 1 0 0


EF# Location Time (UTC) Width Comments
Oklahoma
EF0 Tushka, Oklahoma 017 40 meters A brief tornado caused no damage.
EF0 Cole, Oklahoma 1329 10 meters A brief tornado caused no damage.
EF1 Minco, Oklahoma 1432 140 meters A house sustained major roof damage. $9,000 in damages.
EF2 Woodward, Oklahoma 1536 600 meters 2 deaths - Multiple mobile homes were leveled along with killing 2, injuring 14, and $265,000 in damages.
EF0 Broken Arrow, Oklahoma 1554 5 meters A brief tornado caused no damage.
EF1 Prague, Oklahoma 1638 65 meters A mobile home was severely damaged. 2 were injured along with $63,000 in damages.
EF0 Moore, Oklahoma 1645 25 meters A brief tornado caused no damage.
EF3 Newcastle, Oklahoma 1923 3,860 meters 6 deaths - See Article on this Tornado - A large wedge EF3 caused severe damage to hundreds of homes, killing 6, injuring 124, and causing $1.791 billion in damages.


Notable Individual Outbreaks
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Hitman's 2018 Outbreaks
January 2, 2018 tornado outbreakJanuary 14, 2018 Midwest tornado outbreakMarch 2018 Tornado OutbreakSuper Outbreak of 2018Tornado Outbreak of May 15, 2018Tornado Outbreak of May 16, 2018Tornado Outbreak sequence of May 21-26, 2018Tornado Outbreak of May 30-31, 2018June 16, 2018 Tornado OutbreakJune 21, 2018 Tornado OutbreakTornado Outbreak of July 2, 2018 Tornado Outbreak of July 18-21, 2018August 2-4, 2018 Tornado Outbreak2018 Northeastern Oklahoma Tornado OutbreakTornado Outbreak of December 30-31, 2018

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