... NWS damage survey for 04/24/15 tornado and high winds event...
.Overview... One tornado has been confirmed by a storm survey team from
the National Weather Service office. Several other areas of damaging
winds were noted across much of the dfw metroplex. Maximum winds were
in the 80 to 85 mph range... while the confirmed tornado produced EF-0
damage. The bulk of the damage from the storms last evening were from straight
line winds. 80 mph winds were noted in an area between Godley and Joshua.
The majority of the damage was located in a small area approximately
four miles to the northwest of the city of Joshua. In this area... the
survey team was not able to completely rule out the possibility of a brief
tornado... there was no overwhelming evidence in the damage pattern... radar
data... or eyewitnesses. There was also extensive wind damage across the southern portions of
Tarrant County... where several trees were damaged or uprooted. The majority
of this damage was noted in or near Benbrook... as well as the south side of
the city of Fort Worth. Other damage areas were noted in the northeast
part of the city of Fort Worth and Arlington. Maximum wind speeds were in the
80 to 85 mph range.
In summary from the storms last night... several areas of straight line winds
and one confirmed tornado in Ellis County.
.Ellis County tornado...
estimated peak wind: 80 mph
path length /statute/: 0.87 miles
path width /maximum/: 60 yards
Start date: Apr 24 2015
start time: 752 PM CDT
start location: 3sse Midlothian
start lat/lon: 32.45/-96.96
End date: Apr 24 2015
end time: 754 PM CDT
end location: 3.8sse Midlothian
end lat/lon: 32.45/-96.95
Survey_summary: the EF-0 tornado was a small part of a much larger swath
of damaging winds to the south of the city of Midlothian.
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*
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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Statement as of 4:35 PM CDT on April 25, 2015