Damage Survey for Central Texas

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORT WORTH TX
841 PM CST SAT DEC 30 2006

…PRELIMINARY DAMAGE SURVEY FINDINGS FROM CORYELL…BOSQUE…AND
HILL COUNTIES…

ON SATURDAY DECEMBER 30…A TEAM FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
FORECAST OFFICE IN FORT WORTH SURVEYED THE DAMAGE FROM THE DECEMBER
29 TORNADOES IN CORYELL…BOSQUE…AND HILL COUNTIES. BELOW ARE THE
PRELIMINARY RESULTS.

IN CORYELL COUNTY…ONE TORNADO WAS SURVEYED. THE TORNADO DEVELOPED
SOUTH OF COUNTY ROAD 315…APPROXIMATELY 3 MILES SOUTHWEST OF
OGLESBY. THE TORNADO DAMAGED NUMEROUS TREES ALONG COUNTY ROAD 315
AND FARM ROAD 107 AS IT MOVED RAPIDLY NORTH-NORTHEAST. AS THE
TORNADO MOVED JUST WEST OF OGLESBY…IT DAMAGED HOMES AND SHEDS ON
COUNTY ROADS 303…305…AND 306. A HOME SOUTH OF COUNTY ROAD 306
HAD SHINGLES AND A PORTION OF ROOF DECKING REMOVED. THE TORNADO
DISSIPATED JUST NORTH OF HIGHWAY 84. PATH LENGTH WAS ROUGHLY 4.3
MILES…AND AVERAGE PATH WIDTH WAS 100 YARDS. THIS TORNADO WILL
LIKELY BE RATED AN F1 ON THE FUJITA SCALE. MAXIMUM WINDS WERE
ROUGHLY 110 TO 115 MPH.

IN BOSQUE COUNTY…FOUR DAMAGE TRACKS WERE OBSERVED. TRACK 1 WAS A
BRIEF TORNADO APPROXIMATELY 4.5 MILES NORTHWEST OF VALLEY MILLS.
DAMAGE TO TREES WAS OBSERVED ALONG COUNTY ROAD 3310. PATH LENGTH
WAS APPROXIMATELY 1.0 MILE. AVERAGE PATH WIDTH WAS 75 YARDS. THIS
TORNADO WILL LIKELY BE RATED AN F0 ON THE FUJITA SCALE. MAXIMUM
WINDS WERE APPROXIMATELY 70 TO 75 MPH.

TRACK 2 WAS A BRIEF TORNADO ROUGHLY 5.5 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF
CLIFTON. TREE DAMAGE AND MINOR ROOF AND WINDOW DAMAGE WERE NOTED
ALONG COUNTY ROADS 3350 AND 3355. PATH LENGTH WAS APPROXIMATELY 1.2
MILES. AVERAGE PATH WIDTH WAS 75 YARDS. THIS TORNADO WILL LIKELY
BE RATED AN F0 ON THE FUJITA SCALE. MAXIMUM WINDS WERE APPROXIMATELY
70 TO 75 MPH.

TORNADO 3 DEVELOPED APPROXIMATELY 4.3 MILES EAST OF CLIFTON. THIS
TORNADO DAMAGED TREES ALONG COUNTY ROAD 3355 JUST SOUTH OF FARM
ROAD 708…AND HEAVILY DAMAGED A TURKEY FARM AT THE INTERSECTION OF
3355 AND 708. DEBRIS FROM THE TURKEY FARM WAS SCATTERED OVER 1/4
MILE NORTHEAST OF THE FARM. THE TORNADO MOVED NORTHEAST AND HEAVILY
DAMAGED TWO BARNS ON COUNTY ROAD 3440 SOUTH OF THE WOMACK
COMMUNITY. TREES AND FENCING WERE DAMAGED ALONG COUNTY ROADS 3410
AND 3415 JUST SOUTH AND EAST OF WOMACK. THE TORNADO CROSSED FARM
ROAD 219 EAST OF WOMACK…AND DISSIPATED NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF
FARM ROAD 219 AND HIGHWAY 22. PATH LENGTH WAS ROUGHLY 7.4 MILES.
AVERAGE PATH WIDTH WAS 300 YARDS. THIS WAS A STRONG TORNADO…AND
WILL LIKELY BE RATED AN F2 ON THE FUJITA SCALE. MAXIMUM WINDS
WERE APPROXIMATELY 135 MPH.

TORNADO 4 DEVELOPED APPROXIMATELY 2 MILES SOUTH OF THE CANYONS
SUBDIVISION ON THE WEST SHORE OF LAKE WHITNEY. THIS TORNADO MAY HAVE
BEEN A CONTINUATION OF TORNADO 3. HOWEVER…NO DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED
ALONG FARM ROAD 56 SOUTH OF THIS TRACK…SO IT MAY INDEED BE A
SEPARATE TORNADO. THIS TORNADO CAUSED TREE DAMAGE. PATH LENGTH WAS
ROUGHLY 0.7 MILE. PATH WIDTH AVERAGED 50 YARDS. THIS WILL BE RATED
F0 ON THE FUJITA SCALE. MAXIMUM WINDS WERE ROUGHLY 70 TO 75 MPH.

IN HILL COUNTY…A PORTION OF ONE TORNADO COULD BE SURVEYED BEFORE
THE TEAM RAN OUT OF DAYLIGHT. THIS TORNADO DEVELOPED APPROXIMATELY
4 MILES SOUTH OF BLUM…WEST OF FARM ROAD 933 AND SOUTH OF COUNTY
ROAD 1145. TREE DAMAGE WAS NOTED AS THE TORNADO CROSSED FARM ROAD
933 AND FARM ROAD 67 1 MILE SOUTHEAST OF BLUM. THE TORNADO APPEARED
TO INCREASE IN SIZE AND INTENSITY AFTER CROSSING FARM ROAD 67. A
LARGE GRAIN SILO WAS TOPPLED ON COUNTY ROAD 1137 ROUGHLY 1.5 MILES
NORTHEAST OF BLUM. EXTENSIVE TREE AND POWER POLE DAMAGE WAS NOTED…
AND THE PATH WAS OVER 1/4 MILE WIDE AT THIS POINT. NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE STAFF WILL ATTEMPT TO SURVEY THE REMAINDER OF THE TRACK ON
SUNDAY. THIS WAS THE SAME STORM…AND POSSIBLY THE SAME TORNADO…
WHICH CAUSED THE DAMAGE NEAR RIO VISTA. PRELIMINARY DATA SUGGESTS
THIS WAS A STRONG TORNADO.

WHILE TORNADOES IN NORTH TEXAS IN DECEMBER ARE NOT UNHEARD OF…AN
EVENT OF THIS MAGNITUDE IS CERTAINLY UNUSUAL. THIS EVENT
DEMONSTRATED THAT…NO MATTER THE TIME OF YEAR…TORNADOES CAN
OCCUR WHEN THE ATMOSPHERIC INGREDIENTS COME TOGETHER. WE ARE
REMINDED THAT WE MUST ALL STAY ON GUARD AND PREPARED ANY TIME
THUNDERSTORMS THREATEN US IN NORTH TEXAS.

WOODALL/DUNN

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