Damage Survey for Limestone County Texas

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

…PRELIMINARY STORM DAMAGE SURVEY OF THE TORNADOES IN LIMESTONE
COUNTY ON DEC 29TH 2006…

A TEAM FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN FORT WORTH HEADED TO
LIMESTONE COUNTY TO SURVEY THE DAMAGE FROM THE STORMS ON DEC
29. PRELIMINARY FINDINGS SUGGEST THAT TWO SEPARATE TORNADOES
TOUCHED DOWN IN LIMESTONE COUNTY. BOTH TORNADOES CAME FROM THE SAME
STORM.

THE FIRST TORNADO IS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEGUN ABOUT 2 MILES NORTH-
NORTHWEST OF KOSSE. THE FIRST SIGNS OF DAMAGE FOUND WAS UPROOTED
TREES ALONG CR 662. THE TORNADO CONTINUED A NORTH-NORTHEAST TRACK
FROM HERE AND SEVERAL AREAS OF LARGE UPROOTED TREES WERE FOUND ALONG
CR 660…CR 656…FM 1246…CR 644…AND FM 147. ALSO ALONG THIS
PATH…DAMAGE TO BARNS…SHEDS…AND ROOFS WAS FOUND.

SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE WAS FOUND ALONG CR 635 WERE THE TORNADO
STRUCK A HOME…RESULTING IN ONE FATALITY AND SEVERAL INJURIES.
PORTIONS OF THE ROOF WERE REMOVED AND AN ADJACENT BARN WAS
HEAVILY DAMAGED. ALONG THE ADJACENT ROAD…CR 633…A BARN WAS
DESTROYED. THE NEXT SIGNS OF SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE WERE ALONG
HIGHWAY 164 JUST WEST OF GROESBECK. SEVERAL HOMES…BARNS…AND
LARGE TREES SUFFERED CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE IN THIS AREA.

THE TORNADO THEN CONTINUED NORTH INTO FORT PARKER STATE PARK. NO
DAMAGE WAS FOUND BEYOND THE PARK…THEREFORE THE TORNADO IS BELIEVED
TO HAVE DISSIPATED NEAR THE PARK. FORT PARKER PARK IS LOCATED ABOUT 5
MILES NORTH OF GROESBECK.

THIS WAS A LONG-TRACK TORNADO…WITH AN ESTIMATED DAMAGE TRACK OF
ABOUT 17 MILES. ON AVERAGE…THIS TORNADO WAS ABOUT 400 YARDS WIDE
DURING THE COURSE OF ITS PATH. BECAUSE OF THE DAMAGE DONE TO THE HOME
WITH THE FATALITY AND INJURIES…THE DAMAGE DONE TO THE HOMES ON
HIGHWAY 164…AND THE SIGNIFICANT TREE DAMAGE OBSERVED…THIS TORNADO
WILL LIKELY BE RATED AN F2 ON THE FUJITA SCALE WITH ESTIMATED WIND
SPEEDS OF 120 TO 125 MPH.

THE SECOND TORNADO WAS WEAKER THAN THE FIRST AND FORMED ABOUT 3
MILES WEST OF MEXIA JUST TO THE NORTH OF HIGHWAY 84. THIS TORNADO
ALSO TOOK A NORTH-NORTHEAST TRACK AND DISSIPATED ABOUT 5 MILES
NORTHWEST OF MEXIA NEAR TEHUACANA. THE TOTAL PATH LENGTH WAS ABOUT 5
MILES.

ALONG THE DAMAGE PATH…MINOR TREE DAMAGE…BARN AND SHED DAMAGE
WAS FOUND ALONG HIGHWAY 171 AND FM 3119. BECAUSE OF THE MINOR
DAMAGE…THIS TORNADO WILL BE RANKED AS AN F0 ON THE FUJITA SCALE
WITH ESTIMATED WIND SPEEDS OF 70 TO 75 MPH.

$$

JeDUNN/WOODALL

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