Texas Summary from 2008-04-09

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORT WORTH TX
545 PM CDT THU APR 10 2008

…PRELIMINARY RESULTS OF STEPHENS/PALO PINTO COUNTY DAMAGE SURVEY…

ON TUESDAY APRIL 10…STAFF FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN FORT
WORTH TOURED DAMAGE AREAS IN STEPHENS AND PALO PINTO COUNTIES.
PRELIMINARY FINDINGS FROM EACH SURVEY ARE GIVEN BELOW.

…STEPHENS COUNTY…

BASED ON GROUND AND AERIAL SURVEYS OF THE DAMAGE AREA…IT APPEARS
TWO TORNADOES OCCURRED IN STEPHENS COUNTY. THE FIRST TORNADO
DEVELOPED ALONG FARM ROAD 576 EAST OF THE EOLIAN COMMUNITY. TREES
AND A SHED WERE DAMAGED WEST OF THE INTERSECTION OF F.M. 576 AND
F.M. 3418. A LARGE METAL BUILDING WAS DAMAGED ALONG F.M. 3418 AND
SEVERAL LARGE STORAGE CONTAINERS WERE BLOWN ACROSS THE ROAD. THIS
TORNADO WILL BE RATED AS AN EF-0 WITH WINDS OF AROUND 80-85 MPH.
PATH LENGTH WAS 2.3 MILES AND AVERAGE PATH WIDTH AROUND 75 YARDS.

THE SECOND DAMAGE SWATH STARTED APPROXIMATELY 1/2 MILE WEST OF U.S.
183 AND SOUTH OF F.M. 2231. POWER POLE DAMAGE WAS NOTED ALONG F.M.
2231 AND U.S. 183. ROOF AND BARN DAMAGE OCCURRED ALONG U.S. 183 AS
WELL.

THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OCCURRED AT AND JUST WEST OF THE
STEPHENS COUNTY AIRPORT. SEVERAL HOMES HAD CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE
ALONG COUNTY ROAD 150. SEVERAL OF THE AIRPORT BUILDINGS HAD OVERHEAD
DOORS BLOWN IN…ROOF DAMAGE…AND DAMAGE TO SOME OF THE GIRDERS.

NORTHEAST OF THE AIRPORT…ADDITIONAL DAMAGE TO POWER POLES WAS
NOTED NEAR THE EASTERN END OF F.M. 2231. THE DAMAGE SWATH
CONTINUED ACROSS U.S. 180 BETWEEN HIGHWAYS 67 AND 207. DAMAGE TO
MOBILE HOMES…ROOFS…POWER POLES…AND STORAGE BUILDINGS OCCURRED
IN THIS AREA. THIS TORNADO WILL BE RATED AS AN UPPER-END EF-1 WITH
WINDS NEAR 110 MPH. PATH LENGTH WAS 7.1 MILES…AND THE AVERAGE PATH
WIDTH WAS AROUND 400 YARDS.

…PALO PINTO COUNTY…

BASED ON A SURVEY OF THE DAMAGE NEAR THE ORAN COMMUNITY IN NORTHEAST
PALO PINTO COUNTY…IT WAS DETERMINED THAT A TORNADO AFFECTED THIS
AREA. THE DAMAGE SWATH BEGAN JUST WEST OF ORAN. SEVERAL TREES WERE
UPROOTED OR HAD LARGE LIMBS SNAPPED. A FEW HOMES IN ORAN HAD PORTIONS
OF ROOFS REMOVED. EAST OF ORAN ON F.M. 52…POWER POLES WERE SNAPPED.
THIS TORNADO WILL BE RATED AN EF-1 WITH WINDS OF 85-90 MPH. PATH
LENGTH WAS 1.6 MILES AND AVERAGE PATH WIDTH WAS 100 YARDS.

THIS SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORM WAS PART OF ONE OF THE MOST ACTIVE 24-
HOUR PERIODS IN RECENT NORTH TEXAS WEATHER HISTORY. WE WILL CONTINUE
REVIEWING THE METEOROLOGICAL DATA AND THE DAMAGE ACROSS OUR AREA TO
DOCUMENT AS FULLY AS POSSIBLE THE IMPACTS OF THIS SIGNIFICANT EVENT.
WE WILL PREPARE AND DISTRIBUTE ADDITIONAL STATEMENTS AS THE
INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE.

$$

WOODALL

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORT WORTH TX
950 PM CDT FRI APR 11 2008

…ADDITIONAL DAMAGE SURVEY INFORMATION FROM STORMS DURING THE EARLY
MORNING OF APRIL 10TH…

A SURVEY TEAM FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN FORT WORTH
SURVEYED ADDITIONAL DAMAGE AREAS THIS AFTERNOON FROM THUNDERSTORMS
EARLY THURSDAY MORNING APRIL 10TH IN COLLIN COUNTY…AND INTERVIEWED
PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICIALS. BASED ON ADDITIONAL SURVEY RESULTS…AN
EF-1 TORNADO WITH WIND SPEEDS OF 90 TO 95 MPH OCCURRED FROM
SOUTHWEST SECTIONS OF ALLEN NORTHEAST INTO SOUTHERN SECTIONS OF
MCKINNEY. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF NORTH
CUSTER ROAD AND HEDGCOXE ROAD IN ALLEN AND LIFTED NEAR THE
INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 75 AND HIGHWAY 121 IN MCKINNEY. THE AVERAGE
WIDTH OF THE TORNADO WAS APPROXIMATELY TWO-TENTHS OF A MILE. IN
ALLEN…STRUCTURAL DAMAGE OCCURRED TO APPROXIMATELY 50 HOMES WITH
SEVERAL SUFFERING LOSS OF PORTIONS OF THE ROOF. A TOTAL OF 300
RESIDENCES REPORTED SOME TYPE OF DAMAGE ON THE PROPERTY INCLUDING
DOWNED TREES AND FENCES. IN MCKINNEY…NUMEROUS HOMES SUFFERED ROOF
DAMAGE DUE TO LOSS OF PART OF THE ROOF OR IMPACT FROM DEBRIS FROM
OTHER STRUCTURES. IN BOTH CITIES…MANY POWER POLES AND POWER LINES
WERE DOWNED. INSURED LOSSES IN ALLEN ARE ESTIMATED TO APPROACH $5
MILLION. DAMAGE ESTIMATES FROM MCKINNEY WERE NOT IMMEDIATELY
AVAILABLE. DAMAGE AT THE MCKINNEY AIRPORT APPEARS TO BE THE RESULT
OF DOWNBURST WINDS.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTINUES TO BE GATHERED FROM THIS WIDESPREAD
SEVERE WEATHER EVENT…AND THIS INFORMATION SHOULD BE CONSIDERED
PRELIMINARY.

$$

BUNTING

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