Deadly tornadoes in North Texas rated violent

May 16th, 2013 at 3:53 pm by under Weather

Preliminary Tornado Count: 16

EF-4 Damage Discovered in Granbury
EF-3 Damage Discovered in Cleburne

National Weather Service meteorologists are currently conducting damage surveys from last nights severe thunderstorm outbreak. The very early data suggests that there were at least 16 tornadoes late yesterday afternoon and overnight.

EF-4 tornadoes contain winds up to 200 mph. EF-3 tornadoes contain winds up to 136-165 mph.

The preliminary damage survey, with details on each tornado, can be found below.

This is VERY PRELIMINARY and it will change.

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Base Reflectivity Data from KFWS at 7:58 pm CDT


Storm Relative Velocity Data from KFWS at 7:58 pm CDT

Base Reflectivity Data from KFWS at 8:58 pm CDT

Storm Relative Velocity Data from KFWS at 8:58 pm CDT

Base Reflectivity Data from KFWS at 7:58 pm CDT

Storm Relative Velocity Data from KFWS at 7:58 pm CDT

House completely destroyed with only the slab left -
Granbury, Tx

Tornado damage in Johnson County,
southwest of Cleburne. Near FM 1434 and CR-1224.


West side of Millsap, Just south of FM 3028


Granbury, Tx – Just South of Hwy 377 & N of
Acton Highway


Johnson County on the east side of Lake Pat Cleburne.


Johnson County near Old Foamy Road about 3 miles south southwest of Cleburne.

 

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORT WORTH TX
844 PM CDT THU MAY 16 2013

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEYS FOR 05/15/2013 TORNADO EVENT...

...16 TORNADOES HAVE NOW BEEN CONFIRMED. ALL SURVEY CREWS HAVE
RETURNED FOR THE DAY AND SOME OF THEIR INFORMATION HAS BEEN
INCLUDED IN THIS UPDATE...

SO FAR 16 TORNADOES HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED. THE FIRST TORNADO
OCCURRED IN MONTAGUE COUNTY AT 538 PM CDT. THE LAST REPORTED
TORNADO WAS AROUND 1210 AM IN ENNIS.

THIS INFORMATION IS CONSIDERED PRELIMINARY. SURVEY TEAMS WERE
SENT TO JOHNSON COUNTY...HOOD COUNTY...PARKER COUNTY...ELLIS
COUNTY AND MONTAGUE COUNTY. OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS WE WILL
CONTINUE TO COLLECT DATA...TALK WITH EMERGENCY OFFICIALS AND
RESPONDERS...AND EYE WITNESSES...REVIEW RADAR DATA...PICTURES AND
VIDEOS. THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS REPORT IS SUBJECT TO AND
LIKELY WILL CHANGE.

AN ADDITIONAL SURVEY TEAM WILL BE SENT TO SURVEY DAMAGE NORTHWEST
OF CRESSON IN SOUTHERN PARKER COUNTY ON FRIDAY.

.TORNADO #1 - BELCHERVILLE/MONTAGUE COUNTY...

THIS TORNADO WAS REPORTED ONE MILE WEST OF BELCHERVILLE BY STORM
SPOTTERS. NO ADDITIONAL DETAILS ON THIS TORNADO ARE AVAILABLE AT
THIS TIME. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL BE PROVIDED ON THIS TORNADO
LATER.

.TORNADO #2 - LAKE AMON G. CARTER/MONTAGUE COUNTY...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    100 MPH
INJURIES:               1

SURVEY CREWS FOUND FIVE HOMES DAMAGED BY THIS TORNADO SOUTH OF LAKE
AMON G. CARTER. FOUR OF THE HOMES WERE SIGNIFICANTLY DAMAGED AND ONE
HOME WAS DESTROYED. IN ADDITION...SIGNIFICANT TREE DAMAGE WAS
REPORTED. ONE MINOR INJURY WAS REPORTED. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL
BE PROVIDED ON THIS TORNADO LATER.

.TORNADO #3 - ALVORD/WISE COUNTY...

THIS TORNADO WAS REPORTED BY THE PUBLIC AND STORM SPOTTERS. NO
ADDITIONAL DETAILS ON THIS TORNADO ARE AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL BE PROVIDED ON THIS TORNADO LATER.

.TORNADO #4 - MILLSAP/PARKER COUNTY...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    100 MPH

SURVEY CREWS FOUND FIVE HOMES SIGNIFICANTLY DAMAGED BY THIS TORNADO.
IN ADDITION...SIGNIFICANT TREE DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED. ADDITIONAL
INFORMATION WILL BE PROVIDED ON THIS TORNADO LATER.

.TORNADO #5 - GRANBURY/HOOD COUNTY...

RATING:                 EF-4
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  2.75 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   880 YARDS/0.5 MILES
FATALITIES:             6
INJURIES:               DOZENS

SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OCCURRED WITH THIS TORNADO INCLUDING HOMES WIPED
CLEAR OFF THE FOUNDATION. TWO HOMES SUFFERED EF-4 MAGNITUDE DAMAGE
AND SEVERAL MORE SUFFERED EF-3 MAGNITUDE DAMAGE. ADDITIONAL
INFORMATION ON THIS TORNADO WILL BE PROVIDED LATER.

.TORNADO #6 - PECAN PLANTATION/HOOD COUNTY...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    90-100 MPH

SURVEY CREWS FOUND AN ADDITIONAL DAMAGE PATH SEPARATE FROM TORNADO
#5 THAT AFFECTED GRANBURY. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS TORNADO
WILL BE PROVIDED LATER.

.TORNADO #7 - WEST OF ANNETTA SOUTH/PARKER COUNTY...

SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE WAS REPORTED ALONG TIN TOP ROAD BY EMERGENCY
OFFICIALS. A SURVEY CREW WILL BE SENT TO THE DAMAGED AREA ON
FRIDAY. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS TORNADO WILL BE PROVIDED
LATER.

.TORNADO #8 - CLEBURNE/JOHNSON COUNTY...

RATING:                 EF-3
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    140 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  8.5 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   1060 YARDS/0.6 MILES

SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OCCURRED WITH THIS STRONG TORNADO. DOZENS OF
HOMES WERE DAMAGED AND AT LEAST 3 OR 4 HOMES SUFFERED EF-3
MAGNITUDE DAMAGE. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL BE PROVIDED ON THIS
TORNADO LATER.

.TORNADO #9 - 6 ESE CLEBURNE/JOHNSON COUNTY...

RATING:                 EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    85 MPH

SURVEY CREWS FOUND AN ADDITIONAL DAMAGE PATH SEPARATE FROM TORNADO
#8. DAMAGE WITH THIS TORNADO WAS MOSTLY TO TREES BUT 5
MANUFACTURED HOMES ALSO SUFFERED ROOF DAMAGE. ADDITIONAL
INFORMATION WILL BE PROVIDED ON THIS TORNADO LATER.

.TORNADO #10 - MILLS COUNTY...

THIS BRIEF TORNADO WAS REPORTED BY STORM SPOTTERS. NO ADDITIONAL
DETAILS ON THIS TORNADO ARE AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME. ADDITIONAL
INFORMATION WILL BE PROVIDED ON THIS TORNADO LATER.

.TORNADOES #11 AND #12- NORTH OF EVANT/HAMILTON COUNTY...

VIDEO FOOTAGE SHOWED 2 BRIEF TORNADOES OCCURRED SIMULTANEOUSLY
APPROXIMATELY 2 MILES NORTH OF EVANT. NO ADDITIONAL DETAILS ON
THESE TORNADOES ARE AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
WILL BE PROVIDED LATER.

.TORNADO #13 - ENNIS/ELLIS COUNTY...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    90 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUE/:   APPROXIMATELY 6 MILES

SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OCCURRED IN ENNIS WITH THIS TORNADO. THE TORNADO
BEGAN NEAR CLAY STREET AND ENNIS AVENUE. THE TORNADO TRAVELED EAST
FROM THERE AND CROSSED INTERSTATE 45 SOUTH OF ENNIS AVENUE.
ACCORDING TO PRELIMINARY INFORMATION FROM LOCAL OFFICIALS...17
HOMES WERE DAMAGED WITH 4 HOMES LEFT INHABITABLE. A TOTAL OF 55
COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES WERE DAMAGED WITH 20 OF THOSE PROPERTIES
SUFFERING SEVERE DAMAGE. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL BE PROVIDED
ON THIS TORNADO LATER.

.TORNADO #14 - SE OF MINERAL WELLS/PALO PINTO COUNTY...

RATING:                 EF-0

START DATE:             05/15/2013
START TIME:             6:41 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         APPROXIMATELY 3.5 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF MINERAL WELLS

END DATE:               05/15/2013
END TIME:               6:42 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           APPROXIMATELY 3.5 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF MINERAL WELLS

OFF DUTY NWS METEOROLOGISTS PHOTOGRAPHED A TORNADO APPROXIMATELY
3.5 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF MINERAL WELLS OR 4 MILES NORTHWEST OF
MILLSAP. THIS TORNADO IS SEPARATE FROM THE MILLSAP TORNADO. SO FAR
NO DAMAGE HAS BEEN REPORTED FROM THIS BRIEF TORNADO.

.TORNADO #15 - E OF MILLSAP/PARKER COUNTY...

RATING:                 EF-0

START DATE:             05/15/2013
START TIME:             7:22 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         APPROXIMATELY 3 MILES EAST OF MILLSAP

END DATE:               05/15/2013
END TIME:               7:25 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           APPROXIMATELY 3 MILES EAST OF MILLSAP

OFF DUTY NWS METEOROLOGISTS PHOTOGRAPHED A TORNADO APPROXIMATELY
3 MILES EAST OF MILLSAP. THIS TORNADO IS SEPARATE FROM THE MILLSAP
TORNADO. SO FAR NO DAMAGE HAS BEEN REPORTED FROM THIS TORNADO.

.TORNADO #16 - NOCONA LAKE/MONTAGUE COUNTY...

THIS TORNADO WAS REPORTED NEAR NOCONA LAKE BY STORM SPOTTERS.
PICTURES OF THIS TORNADO WERE ALSO OBTAINED. SOME DAMAGE HAS BEEN
REPORTED WITH THIS TORNADO BUT NO ADDITIONAL DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE
AT THIS TIME. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS TORNADO WILL BE
PROVIDED LATER.

EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO THE
FOLLOWING CATEGORIES.

EF0...WEAK......65 TO 85 MPH
EF1...WEAK......86 TO 110 MPH
EF2...STRONG....111 TO 135 MPH
EF3...STRONG....136 TO 165 MPH
EF4...VIOLENT...166 TO 200 MPH
EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH

NOTE:
THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN
NWS STORM DATA.

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