Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Houston/Galveston, TX

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
437 PM CDT SUN MAY 24 2015

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 05/24/2015 TORNADO EVENT...
...EF1 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN SOUTHWEST HOUSTON...

RATING:                 EF- 1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    105 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  APPROX 1 MILE
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   50 YARDS
FATALITIES:             NONE
INJURIES:               4 MINOR

START DATE:             05/24/2015
START TIME:             APPROX 630-635AM CDT
START LAT/LON:          29.674/-95.528

END DATE:               05/24/2015
END TIME:               APPROX 635-640AM CDT
END LOCATION:           29.681/-95.526

SURVEY RESULTS INDICATE A FAST MOVING TORNADO BRIEFLY TOUCHED DOWN AT TWO POINTS
EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.  THE FIRST AREA OF DAMAGE WAS LOW-END EF1 AND EF0 DAMAGE TO
A STORAGE FACILITY ALONG AND JUST WEST OF GESSNER RD.  THE SECOND AREA BEGAN JUST
NORTH OF BISSONNET ST. AND JUST EAST OF GESSNER RD. AND IMPACTED AN APARTMENT COMPLEX.
THIS IS WHERE THE MINOR INJURIES AND MORE SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OCCURRED.  MOST OF THE
DAMAGE WAS EF0, HOWEVER ONE LOCATION HAD COMPLETE ROOF REMOVAL AND EVIDENCE OF SOME
INTERIOR WALL COMPROMISE CONSISTENT WITH EF1 DAMAGE.  12 STORY GLASS FACADE BUILDING
JUST SOUTH OF THE COMPLEX ALONG BISSONNET ST. HAD SEVERAL NORTH-FACING WINDOWS BLOWN
OUT INDICATIVE OF ROTATION WITH THE DAMAGING WINDS.

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 EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN NWS STORM DATA.

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EVANS



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