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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
437 PM CST Thu Feb 16 2017

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 02/14/17 TORNADO EVENT...

FINDINGS FROM FORT BEND COUNTY SURVEYS

.OVERVIEW...STORM SURVEYS WERE CONDUCTED BY NWS METEOROLOGISTS
FEBRUARY 14TH AND 15TH. THIS REPORT SUMMARIZES THE FINDINGS FOR
FORT BEND COUNTY TORNADOES.

.STAFFORD TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    80 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  0.4 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   200 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             FEB 14 2017
START TIME:             834 AM CST
START LOCATION:         Stafford /Fort Bend County/TX
START LAT/LON:          29.6335 / -95.5668

END DATE:               FEB 14 2017
END TIME:               836 AM CST
END LOCATION:           Stafford /Fort Bend County/TX
END_LAT/LON:            29.6295 / -95.5626

Tornado tracked southeastward through the northern part of
Stafford shattering windows in a business area just west of
the intersection of FM 1092 and Mula Rd. A 400 pound AC unit
was shifted on the roof. Numerous greenhouses were damaged
at a nursery along FM 1092. Southeast of the nursery metal
storage buildings were damaged or destroyed. There was more
spotty wind damage beyond the end of the more continuous track.
An eyewitness observed swirling debris as the storm moved
through. The shifting winds were also observed from a gas
station security video.

.Missouri City Tornado...

RATING:                 EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    80 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  0.76 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   100 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             FEB 14 2017
START TIME:             838 AM CST
START LOCATION:         Missouri City/Fort Bend County/TX
START LAT/LON:          29.592 / -95.5819

END DATE:               FEB 14 2017
END TIME:               841 AM CST
END LOCATION:           Missouri City/Fort Bend County/TX
END_LAT/LON:            29.5988 / -95.5719

Tornado was observed to touch down near Dulles Ave north of
Lexington Park Elementary but with little damage to surrounding
subdivision. A better defined damage path was found to the
northeast in Brightwood Estates with several homes suffering
minor damage to roofs and fences along the SW to NE track.
Two chimneys were ripped off houses. Numerous witnesses observed
swirling debris.

.Bridlewood Estates Tornado...

RATING:                 EF-2
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    115 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  0.68 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   300 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             FEB 14 2017
START TIME:             821 AM CST
START LOCATION:         4 SE of Richmond/Fort Bend County/TX
START LAT/LON:          29.541 / -95.7149

END DATE:               FEB 14 2017
END TIME:               825 AM CST
END LOCATION:           5 SE of Richmond/Fort Bend County/TX
END_LAT/LON:            29.5345 / -95.7063

Damage from tornado began southern portion of Brazos Village
on north side of FM 762 where roofs suffered minor damage and fences
were blown down. The damage path continued ESE across FM 762 with
more significant damage in the northern portion of Bridlewood
Estates. A large abandoned grain dryer was severely damaged and
several large metal silos were completely destroyed. One house on
the SE side of the Silos had sections of the roof completely
removed on both the south and north facing sides. The tornado
continued on a ESE track across the subdivision. The most severe
damage was to a large anchored garage which was completely destroyed
with debris pushed off to the SSE. A pickup truck in the driveway was
moved and a car inside the garage was lifted and ended up on top of
the debris pile. The house directly across the street suffered damage
as the front porch and associated supports shifted with the anchored
porch columns pushed inward toward the house. Windows were blown out
and a wrought iron metal fence concreted into the ground was heavily
damaged. Several other roofs in this stretch were damaged along with
many fences and trees downed. Aerial drone footage over this area showed
well defined path but nonuniform damage. Eyewitness from just north
of the grain dryer witnessed strong west to east winds ripping apart
the structure but noted winds from north to south when looking west
suggesting a large circulation. All features were rain wrapped.


.Tara Subdivision Tornado...

RATING:                 EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    80 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  0.6 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   30 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             FEB 14 2017
START TIME:             827 AM CST
START LOCATION:         5 SE of Richmond/Fort Bend County/TX
START LAT/LON:          29.5414 / -95.7016

END DATE:               FEB 14 2017
END TIME:               830 AM CST
END LOCATION:           6 WSW of First Colony/Fort Bend County/TX
END_LAT/LON:            29.5376 / -95.6927

Just northeast of the Bridlewood Tornado another damage track was
found which initially was through to be the northern portion of the
Bridlewood Tornado but later determined to be a separate tornado.
This damage path started on the west side of Crabb River Rd about a
mile N of FM 762 and then crossed Crabb River Rd into the Tara
subdivision where several homes suffered roof damage and fence/tree
loss. Spotty roof and tree damage continued generally eastward across
entire subdivision and into the western section the Greatwood in a
well defined path. Security footage from nearby Valasquez Elementary
showed very strong shifting winds near the tornado. A police officer
experienced very strong winds from the west then the passage of a
small tornado south of the school suggesting perhaps a satellite
tornado on the southern flank of the larger circulation may have been
responsible for the more significant damage. Tornado was rated EF0.

EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES
INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES.

EF0...WEAK......65 TO 85 MPH
EF1...WEAK......86 TO 110 MPH
EF2...STRONG....111 TO 135 MPH
EF3...STRONG....136 TO 165 MPH
EF4...VIOLENT...166 TO 200 MPH
EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH|

NOTE:
THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE
PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENTS AND PUBLICATION IN NWS STORM
DATA.

DR JL MM KP

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