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National Weather Service Update On Saturday’s Tornadoes

From the National Weather Service in Ft. Worth:

NWS Damage Survey For 04/13/19 Milam/Robertson/Leon County Tornado Events…Update…#1 mainly to add Leon County impacts and southern Robertson County tornado…

.Milam/Robertson County …

Rating: EF3
Estimated Peak Wind: 140 mph
Path Length /statute/: 32.63 miles
Path Width /maximum/: 250.0 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: Unknown

Start Date: 04/13/2019
Start Time: 10:50 AM CDT
Start Location: 6 NW Hearne / Milam County / TX
Start Lat/Lon: 30.8838 / -96.6994

End Date: 04/13/2019
End Time: 11:45 AM CDT
End Location: 4 SSW Marquez / Leon County / TX
End Lat/Lon: 31.1831 / -96.2837

Survey Summary: The survey team determined that this tornado first formed just west of the Brazos River in extreme eastern Milam County, approximately 6 miles northwest of Hearne, Texas. The tornado moved east-northeastward, crossing US Highway 6 approximately 4.5 miles north of Hearne. EF-1 damage was identified at one structure near this highway crossing, and considerable tree damage consistent with EF-1 intensity tornadic winds were observed along the highway right of way. The tornado then proceeded east-northeastward to Franklin.

The most significant damage occurred in the city of Franklin. Within a two-block long corridor on the south side of Franklin, the team confirmed EF-3 intensity tornado damage at 2 residences. Peak wind speeds at these sites were estimated at 140 mph. A number of additional structures on the south side of Franklin exhibited EF-1 and EF-2 intensity damage.

The tornado continued from Franklin east-northeastward along US 79, crossing the Navasota River into far western Leon County. The path width of the tornado contracted to about 100-200 yards over eastern Robertson County, and damage was mainly EF-0 in intensity, confined mainly to snapped tree trunks and large branches. The tornado dissipated in extreme western Leon County, 4 miles south-southwest of Marquez.

..Leon County Tornado…

Rating: EF1
Estimated Peak Wind: 100 mph
Path Length /statute/: 11.22 miles
Path Width /maximum/: 150.0 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: Unknown

Start Date: 04/13/2019
Start Time: 12:12 PM CDT
Start Location: 4 E Buffalo / Leon County / TX
Start Lat/Lon: 31.461 / -95.9987

End Date: 04/13/2019
End Time: 12:19 PM CDT
End Location: 3 SE Jewett / Leon County / TX
End Lat/Lon: 31.3281 / -96.1077

Survey Summary: The supercell thunderstorm that spawned the significant EF-3 tornado in Robertson County tracked into Leon County and produced a second tornado with EF-1 intensity damage. This tornado formed in a heavily forested area 3 miles southeast of Jewett. Several residences and outbuildings were impacted by the tornado in the central part of the county, east of Jewett to the south of Buffalo. Two residences along Leon County Road 363 lost small portions of roof material, with winds estimated around 100 mph. The tornado crossed I-45 about 5 miles south of Buffalo, snapping trees along the Interstate right-of-way. The tornado dissipated approximately 4 miles east of Buffalo.

..Southern Robertson County Tornado…

Rating: EF0
Estimated Peak Wind: 85 mph
Path Length /statute/: 2.3 miles
Path Width /maximum/: 50.0 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0

Start Date: 04/13/2019
Start Time: 11:14 AM CDT
Start Location: 10 SSE Hearne / Robertson County / TX
Start Lat/Lon: 30.7286 / -96.5453

End Date: 04/13/2019
End Time: 11:19 AM CDT
End Location: 9 SSE Hearne / Robertson County / TX
End Lat/Lon: 30.7551 / -96.5219

Survey Summary: A brief EF-0 tornado was confirmed from 3 videos just east of the town of Mumford, TX in southern Robertson County. No damage was reported as the track stayed in open farmland.

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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