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Preliminary Tornado Damage Assessment
Metroplex Storms of April 13, 2007

Updated: 4/16/07

Meteorologists from the National Weather Service surveyed the damage in Tarrant, Dallas, and Rockwall counties on Saturday, April 14.  The following are the preliminary results, which are subject to revision and/or corrections.

Map of Tornadoes that affected the D/FW Metroplex on April 13th, 2007.
The paths of four tornadoes are shown above:  Benbrook, Fort Worth/Haltom City, Dallas, and Rockwall County.

 

Preliminary Track Map - Fort Worth/Haltom City

Close up map of tornado track across Ft. Worth and Haltom City on the 13th of April, 2007
The path of the EF-1 tornado through Fort Worth, Haltom City, and Richland Hills is shown in blue.


New Public Information Statement

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORT WORTH TX
230 PM CDT MON APR 16 2007

...UPDATED SURVEY FINDINGS FROM APRIL 13TH TORNADO DAMAGE SURVEYS...
...DALLAS COUNTY DAMAGE CLASSIFIED AS EF1 TORNADO...
...TARRANT COUNTY TORNADO PATH LENGTH UPDATED...

A TEAM FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN FORT WORTH CONDUCTED
DAMAGE SURVEYS IN TARRANT...DALLAS...AND ROCKWALL COUNTIES DUE TO
WIND DAMAGE ON APRIL 13TH. FOLLOW-UP INTERVIEWS WITH EYEWITNESSES
AND ADDITIONAL DAMAGE INFORMATION IS INCLUDED IN THE DETAILS IN THE
FOLLOWING PARAGRAPHS.

ONE PARENT SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORM MOVED ACROSS TARRANT...DALLAS...
AND ROCKWALL COUNTIES IN THE EVENING HOURS PRODUCING TORNADOES AND
HAIL UP TO 3 INCHES IN DIAMETER.

THE FIRST TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN AT APPROXIMATELY 555 PM IN BENBROOK
IN TARRANT COUNTY AND WAS CAPTURED ON VIDEO BY STORM CHASERS. THE
TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN JUST SOUTH OF LOOP 820 AND JUST WEST OF HIGHWAY
377...AND TRAVELED EAST TO NEAR MEADOWS WEST PARK. KNOWN DAMAGE AT
THIS TIME CONSISTS OF DOWNED FENCES...DAMAGE TO TREES AND STREET
SIGNS...AND EXTERIOR DAMAGE TO AT LEAST ONE BUSINESS. A PRELIMINARY
RATING EF-0 ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE HAS BEEN ASSIGNED TO THIS
TORNADO.

THE SECOND TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN AT APPROXIMATELY 609 PM JUST EAST OF
DOWNTOWN FORT WORTH...NEAR THE VICINITY OF SYLVANIA PARK SOUTHWEST
OF THE INTERSECTION OF NORTH BEACH AND BELKNAP STREETS AND TRAVELED
TO JUST WEST OF PRECINCT LINE ROAD. THE MOST SEVERE DAMAGE EXTENDED
ALONG WHEELER STREET FROM NORTH BEACH TO HALTOM ROAD...AND ALONG
ELLIOTT REEDER ROAD FROM HALTOM ROAD EAST APPROXIMATELY ONE HALF
MILE. ONE STORM-RELATED FATALITY WAS ALSO REPORTED IN THIS AREA.
THERE WAS SUBSTANTIAL ROOF DAMAGE TO A GROCERY STORE...SEVERAL
HOMES...AND A CHURCH STEEPLE ALONG WHEELER STREET.
ADDITIONALLY...SEVERAL COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS ALONG ELLIOTT REEDER
ROAD WERE DAMAGED AND NUMEROUS RECREATIONAL VEHICLES AND TRACTOR
TRAILERS WERE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. NUMEROUS TREES AND POWERLINES
WERE DOWNED IN THIS AREA. THE VALLEY MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH LOST
ITS ROOF. NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF RIVERBEND AND JACK NEWELL...A
COMMERCIAL BUILDING SUFFERED PARTIAL COLLAPSE OF AN EAST-FACING
WALL. ALTHOUGH THE TORNADO WAS MOVING THROUGH THE TRINITY RIVER AREA
TO THE EAST OF THIS AREA...INTERMITTENT DAMAGE TO TREES...FENCES AND
AT LEAST ONE HOME IN THE RIVER TRAILS SUBDIVISION OCCURRED. BASED
ON THIS INFORMATION...THIS TORNADO HAS BEEN ASSIGNED A PRELIMINARY
UPPER-END EF-1 RATING ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE...WITH MAXIMUM
WIND SPEEDS BETWEEN 100 AND 110 MPH. PATH LENGTH IS ESTIMATED TO BE
6 MILES AND A PATH WIDTH OF APPROXIMATELY 125 YARDS.

THE THIRD TORNADO OCCURRED IN EAST DALLAS APPROXIMATELY 7 PM WHERE
AN AREA OF CONCENTRATED WIND DAMAGE WAS NOTED NEAR THE INTERSECTION
OF JOHN WEST AND BUCKNER BLVD. SEVERAL TREES...TREE LIMBS...AND
FENCES WERE DOWNED AND DAMAGE TO APARTMENT ROOFS WAS ALSO OBSERVED.
BASED ON DOPPLER RADAR AND EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS...THIS DAMAGE HAS
BEEN CLASSIFIED AS AN EF-1 TORNADO...WITH WINDS ESTIMATED TO BE 85 TO 90
MPH.

IN ROCKWALL COUNTY...THE 4TH TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN 5 MILES SOUTH OF
ROYSE CITY...JUST EAST OF THE INTERSECTION OF FM 548 AND STATE
HIGHWAY 276 AT APPROXIMATELY 745 PM. TWO BARNS WERE COMPLETELY
DESTROYED AND FENCES WERE DOWNED. EYEWITNESS PHOTOGRAPHS SHOW A
FUNNEL CLOUD EXTENDING NEARLY TO THE GROUND IN THIS AREA...AND THE
TORNADO HAS BEEN ASSIGNED A RATING OF EF-0...WITH ESTIMATED WIND
SPEEDS OF 80 MPH.

THESE FINDINGS ARE STILL CONSIDERED PRELIMINARY...AND ADDITIONAL
INFORMATION CONTINUES TO BE GATHERED ON THE STORMS FROM FRIDAY
EVENING.

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BUNTING/SCHULTZ

 


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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORT WORTH TX

645 PM CDT SAT APR 14 2007

 

...PRELIMINARY FINDINGS FROM APRIL 13TH TORNADO DAMAGE SURVEYS...

 

A TEAM FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN FORT WORTH CONDUCTED

DAMAGE SURVEYS IN TARRANT...DALLAS...AND ROCKWALL COUNTIES DUE TO

WIND DAMAGE ON APRIL 13TH.

 

ONE PARENT SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORM MOVED ACROSS TARRANT...DALLAS...

AND ROCKWALL COUNTIES IN THE EVENING HOURS PRODUCING TORNADOES AND

HAIL UP TO 3 INCHES IN DIAMETER.

 

THE FIRST TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN AT APPROXIMATELY 555 PM IN

BENBROOK...OR SOUTHWEST FORT WORTH...IN TARRANT COUNTY. KNOWN DAMAGE

AT THIS TIME CONSISTS OF DOWNED FENCES...HOWEVER THE NATIONAL

WEATHER SERVICE CONTINUES TO GATHER ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OF

IMPACTS IN THIS AREA. STORM CHASER VIDEO CONFIRMS A BRIEF TORNADO

TOUCHDOWN. A PRELIMINARY EF-SCALE RATING HAS NOT BEEN ESTABLISHED.

 

THE SECOND TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN AT APPROXIMATELY 609 PM JUST EAST OF

DOWNTOWN FORT WORTH...NEAR THE VICINITY OF SYLVANIA PARK SOUTHWEST

OF THE INTERSECTION OF NORTH BEACH AND BELKNAP STREETS. THE TORNADO

THEN MOVED EAST ALONG WHEELER STREET AND ELLIOTT REEDER ROAD IN

HALTOM CITY. THE MOST SEVERE DAMAGE EXTENDED ALONG WHEELER STREET

FROM NORTH BEACH TO HALTOM ROAD...AND ALONG ELLIOTT REEDER ROAD FROM

HALTOM ROAD EAST APPROXIMATELY ONE HALF MILE. ONE STORM-RELATED

FATALITY WAS ALSO REPORTED IN THIS AREA. THERE WAS SUBSTANTIAL ROOF

DAMAGE TO A GROCERY STORE...SEVERAL HOMES...AND A CHURCH STEEPLE

ALONG WHEELER STREET. ADDITIONALLY...SEVERAL COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS

ALONG ELLIOTT REEDER ROAD WERE DAMAGED AND NUMEROUS RECREATIONAL

VEHICLES AND TRACTOR TRAILERS WERE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.

FURTHERMORE...NUMEROUS TREES AND POWERLINES WERE DOWNED IN THIS

AREA. NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF RIVERBEND AND JACK NEWELL...A

COMMERCIAL BUILDING SUFFERED PARTIAL COLLAPSE OF AN EAST-FACING

WALL. BASED ON THIS INFORMATION...THIS TORNADO HAS BEEN ASSIGNED A

PRELIMINARY UPPER-END EF-1 RATING ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA

SCALE...WITH MAXIMUM WIND SPEEDS BETWEEN 100 AND 110 MPH. PATH

LENGTH IS ESTIMATED TO BE 2 MILES AND A PATH WIDTH OF APPROXIMATELY

125 YARDS.

 

A THIRD AREA OF CONCENTRATED WIND DAMAGE WAS NOTED IN EAST DALLAS

NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF JOHN WEST AND BUCKNER BLVD. SEVERAL

TREES...TREE LIMBS...AND FENCES WERE DOWNED. SOME DAMAGE TO AREA

APARTMENT ROOFS WAS ALSO OBSERVED. THE EXACT CAUSE OF THIS WIND

DAMAGE HAS NOT BEEN DETERMINED...ALTHOUGH THE STORM THAT PRODUCED

THE FORT WORTH/HALTOM CITY TORNADO WAS OVER EAST DALLAS AT THIS

TIME. ADDITIONAL GROUND-TRUTH INFORMATION FROM SPOTTERS AND

EMERGENCY MANAGERS WILL BE USED TO DETERMINE IF A TORNADO OR

STRAIGHT-LINE WINDS CAUSED THIS DAMAGE. THIS DAMAGE HAS BEEN

ASSIGNED THE PRELIMINARY RATING OF EF-0...WITH WINDS ESTIMATED TO BE

80 MPH.

 

IN ROCKWALL COUNTY...AN AREA OF WIND DAMAGE WAS SURVEYED 5 MILES

SOUTH OF ROYSE CITY...JUST EAST OF THE INTERSECTION OF FM 548 AND

STATE HIGHWAY 276. TWO BARNS WERE COMPLETELY DESTROYED AND A FEW

FENCES WERE DOWNED. THIS DAMAGE HAS BEEN ASSIGNED THE PRELIMINARY

RATING OF EF-0...WITH ESTIMATED WIND SPEEDS OF 80 MPH.

 

THE AFOREMENTIONED DETAILS ARE SUBJECT TO REVISION BASED ON FUTURE

DISCUSSIONS WITH SPOTTER GROUPS AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL.

 

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BUNTING/SCHULTZ

 

 


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