Tornado in North Texas Wednesday Morning

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORT WORTH TX
135 PM CDT THU SEP 6 2007

…TORNADOES IN SOUTHERN NAVARRO COUNTY SEPTEMBER 5…

BASED ON EYEWITNESS REPORTS…SURVEY INFORMATION FROM EMERGENCY
MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS…AND RADAR DATA…IT APPEARS THAT TWO
TORNADOES DEVELOPED IN SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF NAVARRO COUNTY ON THE
MORNING OF SEPTEMBER 5.

THE FIRST TORNADO DEVELOPED AT APPROXIMATELY 742 AM. THE FIRST
DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED 6.4 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF THE COMMUNITY OF
RICHLAND. THE TORNADO MOVED NORTHEAST AND CAUSED MINOR TREE DAMAGE TO
THE WEST OF HIGHWAY 14. THIS TORNADO WILL BE RATED AN EF-0 ON THE
ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE. MAXIMUM WINDS WERE LIKELY IN THE 70-80 MPH
RANGE. PATH LENGTH WAS 0.8 MILES AND AVERAGE PATH WIDTH WAS 40
YARDS.

THE SECOND TORNADO FORMED AT 747 AM…ROUGHLY 2 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST
OF THE FIRST. THE FIRST DAMAGE WAS NOTED ALONG COUNTY ROAD 2410…
JUST NORTH OF THE FREESTONE COUNTY LINE. IT WAS A MORE SIGNIFICANT
TORNADO THAN THE FIRST. THE TORNADO UPROOTED TREES AND SNAPPED TRUNKS
AND LARGE LIMBS AS IT MOVED NORTHEAST. THE TORNADO DESTROYED A BARN
APPROXIMATELY 1 MILE WEST OF INTERSTATE 45…AND DAMAGED TWO METAL
TRANSMISSION LINE TOWERS 1/2 MILE WEST OF THE INTERSTATE. THE TORNADO
DISSIPATED SHORTLY AFTER CROSSING INTERSTATE 45. BASED ON THE
TOWER/TREE DAMAGE AND THE DAMAGE SURROUNDING THESE AREAS…THE
TORNADO WILL BE RATED A LOW EF-2 ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE.
MAXIMUM WINDS WERE LIKELY IN THE 110-120 MPH RANGE. PATH LENGTH WAS
6.1 MILES AND AVERAGE PATH WIDTH WAS 80 YARDS.

THIS STORM WAS A REMINDER TO US ALL IN NORTH TEXAS THAT TORNADOES
CAN OCCUR…ANY TIME OF DAY AND ANY TIME OF YEAR…WHENEVER THE
ATMOSPHERIC INGREDIENTS ARE IN PLACE. THESE STORMS ALSO REINFORCED
THE NEED TO HAVE A SEVERE WEATHER PLAN…AND TO BE READY TO ENACT IT
AT A MOMENTS NOTICE.

WOODALL

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Putnam has been storm chasing since 1990 and is a co-founder of Hook-Echo.com. For his day job, Putnam works in emergency management for information technology.
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