Hill County Damage Survey

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORT WORTH TX
351 PM CST SUN DEC 31 2006

…PRELIMINARY DAMAGE SURVEY FINDINGS FROM HILL AND JOHNSON
COUNTIES…

ON SUNDAY DECEMBER 31…STAFF FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
FORECAST OFFICE IN FORT WORTH COMPLETED THE DAMAGE SURVEY IN
NORTHWESTERN HILL AND JOHNSON COUNTIES. TWO TORNADO TRACKS WERE
FOUND. BELOW ARE THE PRELIMINARY RESULTS.

TORNADO 1 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 A 1/4 MILE WIDE AT THIS POINT. AS THE TORNADO CROSSED COUNTY
ROADS 1136 AND 1133…WIDESPREAD TREE DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED. ROOF AND
WINDOW DAMAGE TO STRUCTURES WAS ALSO NOTED. THE TORNADO MOVED ACROSS
FARM ROAD 2488 JUST SOUTH OF THE JOHNSON COUNTY LINE. A
WELL-ENGINEERED HOME LOST PORTIONS OF ROOF DECKING AND A LARGE BARN
WAS DESTROYED. PORTIONS OF THE BARN/S METAL SKIN WERE CARRIED OVER A
MILE TO THE NORTH-NORTHEAST.

THE TORNADO CROSSED INTO JOHNSON COUNTY SOUTHEAST OF RIO VISTA.
DAMAGE TO SHEDS AND VEGETATION WAS NOTED ALONG COUNTY ROADS 1205 AND
1204. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO STRUCTURES OCCURRED NEAR FARM
ROAD 916 AND COUNTY ROADS 1202 AND 1205…NORTHEAST TO NEAR HIGHWAY
171. SEVERAL STRUCTURES WERE UNROOFED…OTHERS SUFFERED PARTIAL ROOF
LOSS…AND TREES SUFFERED MAJOR DAMAGE. DAMAGE TO HOMES AND TREES
WAS NOTED ALONG THE TRACK NEAR COUNTY ROADS 421 AND 423…AND COUNTY
ROAD 415 JUST NORTH OF HIGHWAY 4. THE TORNADO CROSSED FARM ROAD
2415…AND THE LAST OBSERVED DAMAGE WAS ALONG THE SOUTH SHORE OF
LAKE ALVARADO.

THIS WAS A STRONG TORNADO…AND WILL PROBABLY BE RATED F2 ON THE
FUJITA SCALE. MAXIMUM ESTIMATED WINDS WERE AROUND 135 MPH. PATH
LENGTH WAS ROUGHLY 23 MILES…AND AVERAGE PATH WIDTH WAS 250 YARDS.
PORTIONS OF THE PATH…ESPECIALLY FROM EAST OF BLUM TO EAST OF RIO
VISTA…WERE APPROXIMATELY 1/3 MILE WIDE.

TORNADO 2 WAS A BRIEF TORNADO…AND DEVELOPED ROUGHLY 2.8 MILES
NORTH OF ALVARADO. THE TORNADO DAMAGED A SHED AND CAUSED ROOF AND
WINDOW DAMAGE TO SEVERAL STRUCTURES ALONG COUNTY ROAD 604…EAST OF
THE HAPPY HILL COMMUNITY. THIS TORNADO WILL PROBABLY BE RATED AN F0
ON THE FUJITA SCALE…WITH WINDS OF APPROXIMATELY 70 MPH. PATH
LENGTH WAS 1.3 MILES…AND AVERAGE PATH WIDTH WAS 70 YARDS.

WOODALL

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