Tornado Causes Damage in Wheeler

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WHEELER, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – Pampa experienced strong winds last night, while an EF-0 tornado and straight-line winds caused extensive damage across the town of Wheeler.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the tornado started west of town, north of State Highway 152 east of the cotton gin.

The tornado quickly moved east, producing EF-0 damage to trees, barns and about five homes.

NWS said one manufactured home was completely destroyed, while the other homes suffered roof damage.

NWS’ damage survey said winds in Wheeler caused several areas of widespread tree and shingle damage, as well as damage to several homes and businesses.

“When I come through Wheeler this morning when I had to go to work, I drove around a little bit on my way…and I know there was a roof torn off a building over there by the grocery store, and there’s a lot of limbs and stuff down everywhere,” said Wheeler resident, Bobby Blackburn.

The survey said these winds were estimated to be near 85 miles per hours, while the tornado itself likely topped out near 80 miles per hour.

by KAMR/KCIT (2018, June 23)

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Kyrie Wagner