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Weather Service Review of Sunday Tornado in Lovelady

The National Weather Service determined it was a small tornado that hit east of Bryan/College Station Sunday afternoon in Houston County. The E-F 1 tornado that touched down in Lovelady stayed on the ground for three quarters of a mile, had a maximum speed of 100 miles an hour, and was 20 yards wide.

Here’s the official stats from the National Weather Service:

…NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 04/13/14 LOVELADY TORNADO…

RATING: EF-1

ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 100 MPH

PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 0.78 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 20 YARDS
FATALITIES: 0 INJURIES: 1

START DATE: APRIL 13 2014
START TIME: 445 PM CDT
START LOCATION: LOVELADY TX
START LAT/LON: 31.1251 -95.4477

END DATE: APRIL 13 2014
END TIME: 447 PM CDT
END LOCATION: 1 N LOVELADY TX
END LAT/LON: 31.1365 -95.4479

SURVEY_SUMMARY:
SEVERAL WITNESSES OBSERVED A TORNADO TO TOUCH DOWN IN LOVELADY TEXAS AND TRACK FOR JUST UNDER A MILE BEFORE LIFTING NEAR THE LOVELADY SCHOOL…ABOUT 1 MILE NORTH OF THE CENTER OF TOWN.

THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR AN AREA WITH MOBILE HOMES…THEN TRACKED TOWARD THE NORTH NORTHEAST WITH AN INTERMITTENT DAMAGE PATH. TORNADO LIFTED JUST BEYOND THE LOVELADY SCHOOL. THE WORST DAMAGE OCCURRED TO THE MOBILE HOMES. TWO LARGE TREES WERE UPROOTED AND FELL INTO ONE MOBILE HOME WHICH SUSTAINED SEVERE DAMAGE TO THE CENTRAL PART OF THE STRUCTURE. THIS MOBILE HOME WAS MOVED OFF ITS FOUNDATION BUT REMAINED UPRIGHT. RESIDENT WAS AT HOME BUT SUFFERED ONLY MINOR INJURIES AS SHE WAS NOT IN THE PART OF THE HOME THAT WAS MOST SEVERELY DAMAGED. ANOTHER SINGLE WIDE TRAILER ADJACENT TO THAT STRUCTURE WAS ROLLED OFF ITS FOUNDATION. THIS DID NOT APPEAR TO BE AS WELL TIED DOWN. A THIRD TRAILER ABOUT 50 YARDS TOWARD THE NORTH NORTHEAST HAD ITS ROOF PEELED OFF. THE DAMAGE WAS RATED EF1 IN THIS AREA BASED ON NUMEROUS LARGE TREES BEING UPROOTED AND THE DAMAGE TO THE TRAILERS.

SOME MINOR DAMAGED OCCURRED AT THE SCHOOL WHERE SOME CEILING PANELS WERE LIFTED OFF NEAR AN ENTRANCE TO THE SCHOOL AND NUMEROUS LARGE LIMBS WERE STRIPPED OFF TREES. THE DAMAGE WAS RATED EF0 IN THE SCHOOL AREA.

THE TIME OF THE EVENT IS ESTIMATED TO BE BETWEEN 445 AND 450 PM. WITNESSES INTERVIEWED WERE NOT CERTAIN OF THE EXACT TIME…WITH SOME SAYING AROUND 5 PM…OTHERS BETWEEN 430 AND 5 PM. RADAR SIGNATURES WERE NOT VERY STRONG AND NOT DEFINITIVE EITHER IN TERMS OF FIXING A TIME…BUT DID SHOW A SHOWER NEAR LOVELADY AROUND 445 PM…SO DID GO WITH 445 PM FOR TIME OF TOUCHDOWN. IF WE CAN FIX A MORE EXACT TIME…THIS REPORT WILL BE UPDATED.

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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