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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORT WORTH TX
533 PM CDT WED APR 27 2016

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 04/26/16 TORNADO EVENT...

.OVERVIEW...THREE TORNADOES HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED FROM YESTERDAYS STORMS...ALL
ALL OF THEM IN GRAYSON COUNTY. A SQUALL LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPED DURING
THE EARLY EVENING HOURS OF APRIL 26TH...LEADING TO SEVERAL REPORTS OF HIGH
WINDS AND HAIL. AHEAD OF THE LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS...A FEW DISCRETE SUPERCELLS
WERE ABLE TO FORM OVER COOKE AND GRAYSON COUNTIES. THESE SUPERCELLS WERE QUICKLY
INGESTED INTO THE LINE OF STORMS...AND THREE DIFFERENT TORNADOES PRODUCED DAMAGE
ACROSS MUCH OF GRAYSON COUNTY.

.WHITESBORO TORNADO...

RATING:                   EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:      85-90 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:    0.5 MILE
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:     100 YARDS
FATALITIES:               0
INJURIES:                 0

START DATE:               APR 26 2016
START TIME:               9:22 PM CDT
START LOCATION:           WHITESBORO / GRAYSON / TX

END DATE:                 APR 26 2016
END TIME:                 9:23 PM CDT
END LOCATION:             WHITESBORO / GRAYSON / TX

*SURVEY SUMMARY: THE WHITESBORO TORNADO WAS SHORT LIVED...BUT PRODUCED EF-1 DAMAGE.
THE STRONGEST DAMAGE WAS TO ONE OF THE FIRST HOMES DAMAGED IN WHITESBORO. A
PORTION OF THE ROOF WAS BLOWN OFF OF A HOUSE...AND WAS THEN THROWN INTO A NEARBY
BUSINESS...WHERE SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE WAS DONE TO A ROOF. AS MANY AS 15 HOMES WERE
DAMAGED IN THE CITY OF WHITESBORO.

.HOWE TORNADO...

RATING:                   EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:      95-105 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:    2.2 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:     150 YARDS
FATALITIES:               0
INJURIES:                 5

START DATE:               APR 26 2016
START TIME:               10:00 PM CDT
START LOCATION:           1W HOWE / GRAYSON / TEXAS

END DATE:                 APR 26 2016
END TIME:                 10:05 PM CDT
END LOCATION:             1E HOWE / GRAYSON / TEXAS

*SURVEY SUMMARY: THE HOWE TORNADO BEGAN ON THE WEST SIDE OF US 75...ABOUT
ONE MILE WEST OF HOWE HIGH SCHOOL. THE TORNADO THEN MOVED ACROSS 75...AND
PRODUCED HEAVY DAMAGE TO SEVERAL HOMES...INCLUDING TWO HOMES WHICH HAD MOST
OF THE ROOF BLOWN OFF. THE HOMES ALONG AND NEAR STARK LANE WERE THE HARDEST
HIT...WHERE SEVERAL POWER LINES AND POWER POLES WERE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.

.BELLS TORNADO...

RATING:                   EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:      80-85 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:    6 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:     75 YARDS
FATALITIES:               0
INJURIES:                 0

START DATE:               APR 26 2016
START TIME:               10:08 PM CDT
START LOCATION:           5WSW BELLS / GRAYSON / TEXAS

END DATE:                 APR 26 2016
END TIME:                 10:20 PM CDT
END LOCATION:             2NNE BELLS / GRAYSON / TEXAS

*SURVEY SUMMARY: THE TORNADO NEAR BELLS HAD THE LONGEST PATH LENGTH OF THE
EVENING...BUT WAS ABLE TO PRODUCE MOST OF THE DAMAGE ACROSS OPEN LAND.
EVEN SO...SEVERAL HOMES SUFFERED MINOR ROOF DAMAGE...IN ADDITION TO SEVERAL
BARNS AND FARM BUILDINGS WHICH WERE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.

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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FOX / HERNANDEZ



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