Updated on DFW Metro Tornadoes – 2007-04-13

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORT WORTH TX
230 PM CDT MON APR 16 2007

...UPDATED SURVEY FINDINGS FROM APRIL 13TH TORNADO DAMAGE SURVEYS...
...DALLAS COUNTY DAMAGE CLASSIFIED AS EF1 TORNADO...
...TARRANT COUNTY TORNADO PATH LENGTH UPDATED...

A TEAM FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN FORT WORTH CONDUCTED
DAMAGE SURVEYS IN TARRANT...DALLAS...AND ROCKWALL COUNTIES DUE TO
WIND DAMAGE ON APRIL 13TH. FOLLOW-UP INTERVIEWS WITH EYEWITNESSES
AND ADDITIONAL DAMAGE INFORMATION IS INCLUDED IN THE DETAILS IN THE
FOLLOWING PARAGRAPHS.

ONE PARENT SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORM MOVED ACROSS TARRANT...DALLAS...
AND ROCKWALL COUNTIES IN THE EVENING HOURS PRODUCING TORNADOES AND
HAIL UP TO 3 INCHES IN DIAMETER.

THE FIRST TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN AT APPROXIMATELY 555 PM IN BENBROOK
IN TARRANT COUNTY AND WAS CAPTURED ON VIDEO BY STORM CHASERS. THE
TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN JUST SOUTH OF LOOP 820 AND JUST WEST OF HIGHWAY
377...AND TRAVELED EAST TO NEAR MEADOWS WEST PARK. KNOWN DAMAGE AT
THIS TIME CONSISTS OF DOWNED FENCES...DAMAGE TO TREES AND STREET
SIGNS...AND EXTERIOR DAMAGE TO AT LEAST ONE BUSINESS. A PRELIMINARY
RATING EF-0 ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE HAS BEEN ASSIGNED TO THIS
TORNADO.

THE SECOND TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN AT APPROXIMATELY 609 PM JUST EAST OF
DOWNTOWN FORT WORTH...NEAR THE VICINITY OF SYLVANIA PARK SOUTHWEST
OF THE INTERSECTION OF NORTH BEACH AND BELKNAP STREETS AND TRAVELED
TO JUST WEST OF PRECINCT LINE ROAD. THE MOST SEVERE DAMAGE EXTENDED
ALONG WHEELER STREET FROM NORTH BEACH TO HALTOM ROAD...AND ALONG
ELLIOTT REEDER ROAD FROM HALTOM ROAD EAST APPROXIMATELY ONE HALF
MILE. ONE STORM-RELATED FATALITY WAS ALSO REPORTED IN THIS AREA.
THERE WAS SUBSTANTIAL ROOF DAMAGE TO A GROCERY STORE...SEVERAL
HOMES...AND A CHURCH STEEPLE ALONG WHEELER STREET.
ADDITIONALLY...SEVERAL COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS ALONG ELLIOTT REEDER
ROAD WERE DAMAGED AND NUMEROUS RECREATIONAL VEHICLES AND TRACTOR
TRAILERS WERE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. NUMEROUS TREES AND POWERLINES
WERE DOWNED IN THIS AREA. THE VALLEY MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH LOST
ITS ROOF. NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF RIVERBEND AND JACK NEWELL...A
COMMERCIAL BUILDING SUFFERED PARTIAL COLLAPSE OF AN EAST-FACING
WALL. ALTHOUGH THE TORNADO WAS MOVING THROUGH THE TRINITY RIVER AREA
TO THE EAST OF THIS AREA...INTERMITTENT DAMAGE TO TREES...FENCES AND
AT LEAST ONE HOME IN THE RIVER TRAILS SUBDIVISION OCCURRED. BASED
ON THIS INFORMATION...THIS TORNADO HAS BEEN ASSIGNED A PRELIMINARY
UPPER-END EF-1 RATING ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE...WITH MAXIMUM
WIND SPEEDS BETWEEN 100 AND 110 MPH. PATH LENGTH IS ESTIMATED TO BE
6 MILES AND A PATH WIDTH OF APPROXIMATELY 125 YARDS.

THE THIRD TORNADO OCCURRED IN EAST DALLAS APPROXIMATELY 7 PM WHERE
AN AREA OF CONCENTRATED WIND DAMAGE WAS NOTED NEAR THE INTERSECTION
OF JOHN WEST AND BUCKNER BLVD. SEVERAL TREES...TREE LIMBS...AND
FENCES WERE DOWNED AND DAMAGE TO APARTMENT ROOFS WAS ALSO OBSERVED.
BASED ON DOPPLER RADAR AND EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS...THIS DAMAGE HAS
BEEN CLASSIFIED AS AN EF-1 TORNADO...WITH WINDS ESTIMATED TO BE 85 TO 90
MPH.

IN ROCKWALL COUNTY...THE 4TH TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN 5 MILES SOUTH OF
ROYSE CITY...JUST EAST OF THE INTERSECTION OF FM 548 AND STATE
HIGHWAY 276 AT APPROXIMATELY 745 PM. TWO BARNS WERE COMPLETELY
DESTROYED AND FENCES WERE DOWNED. EYEWITNESS PHOTOGRAPHS SHOW A
FUNNEL CLOUD EXTENDING NEARLY TO THE GROUND IN THIS AREA...AND THE
TORNADO HAS BEEN ASSIGNED A RATING OF EF-0...WITH ESTIMATED WIND
SPEEDS OF 80 MPH.

THESE FINDINGS ARE STILL CONSIDERED PRELIMINARY...AND ADDITIONAL
INFORMATION CONTINUES TO BE GATHERED ON THE STORMS FROM FRIDAY
EVENING.

$$

BUNTING/SCHULTZ
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