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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
331 PM CDT Fri Oct 20 2017

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 10/20/17 TORNADO EVENT...

Early this morning, media forwarded report of a tornado from the public
via social media in Dickinson. A survey found a pattern of damage
consistent with a brief EF-0 tornado, touching down near Benson`s Bayou
near the League City-Dickinson border. Another, separate area of
thunderstorm wind damage was found to the east in the vicinity of
the intersection of FM-646 and Texas Highway 3.

.Benson`s Bayou Tornado...

RATING:                 EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    80 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  0.5 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   300 YARDS
FATALITIES:             None known at this time
INJURIES:               None known at this time

START DATE:             OCT 20 2017
START TIME:             0458 AM CDT
START LOCATION:         1 N Dickinson/Galveston/TX
START LAT/LON:          29.4719/-95.0674

END DATE:               OCT 20 2017
END TIME:               0502 AM CDT
END LOCATION:           2 NNW Dickinson/Galveston/TX
END LAT/LON:            29.4754/-95.0731

The storm survey found branches broken and trees downed in the vicinity
of Benson`s Bayou. Trees downed on the west side of the bayou were
generally oriented from northwest to southeast, and trees on the east side
of the bayou were generally oriented from southeast to northwest. Damage
was also found to minor outbuildings and portions of fences were damaged
or destroyed. Numerous outdoor household goods were damaged, with some pieces
found at least 0.1 miles away from their source. Some windows in homes and cars
were damaged, particularly those facing to the north and/or south. Numerous
power lines were downed on the east side of the bayou and being repaired
by work crews.


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.

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