Multiple Tornadoes Touch Down Across North Texas

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Severe thunderstorms lashed parts of Texas throughout Monday afternoon and night – the second straight day of severe weather for the state – spawning more than a dozen tornadoes that caused widely scattered damage, but no immediate reports of injuries.

Multiple suspected tornadoes were reported at about 9:30 p.m. on Monday. They ravaged the area in and around the East Texas town of Crockett, about 130 miles north of Houston. Widespread damage was seen across Houston County, but the severity was unclear because, Fire Marshal David Lamb said, many of the affected areas were without power. Many trees were also blown down, Lamb said, either by tornadoes or straight-line winds.

Earlier on Monday, tornadoes were reported as touching down across a seven-county area south of the Metroplex. CBS 11 News Meteorologist Larry Mowry said that the first tornado reports came in at around 2:00 p.m. in Erath County, and moved west on a path from Somervell County to Johnson County, then Hill County, Navarro County, Henderson County and finally Freestone County on Monday evening.

One tornado formed briefly Monday about 30 miles southwest of Fort Worth, between Cleburne and Glen Rose. It was unclear how long it was on the ground, but spotters reported that it touched down. A thin, rope-like funnel was later seen near Itasca and captured live by Chopper 11.

Mowry explained that the tornadoes formed from a cluster of thunderstorms that kept regenerating from updrafts as they moved along. In Navarro County, the storm was producing 100 mph gusts in a described ‘rain wrapped’ tornado. The National Weather Service says that more of the same is expected Tuesday in North Texas.

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The twisters and funnel clouds generated by afternoon storms in North Texas were relatively weak, mostly striking open country south of the Metroplex, but there were reports of damage to a mobile home, a metal shed and many trees. The National Weather Service will most likely say that the tornadoes were in the EF-0 to EF-2 range.

As of late Monday, authorities said they had no reports of storm-related injuries anywhere in the state. But Ellis County emergency management coordinator John Patterson said that five people were left homeless when a suspected tornado tore the roof from their mobile home in the Avalon community, 40 miles south of Dallas. They were given shelter in the gymnasium of community school, which also suffered damage.

Roofs were damaged and trees blown down near the rural community of Emhouse, located about 45 miles south of Dallas, said Eric Meyers, Navarro County emergency management coordinator. Otherwise, the reported damage was mostly confined to uprooted trees in Cleburne State Park, about 35 miles southwest of Fort Worth, and broken limbs elsewhere.

Strong thunderstorm winds toppled a travel trailer and destroyed a metal shed in Sulphur Springs, about 70 miles northeast of Dallas. Damaging winds also were reported near Palestine in East Texas, about 100 miles southeast of Dallas. Storm sirens also sounded in Denton, but there was no report of a tornado there. That thunderstorm cell moved into Collin County, Fannin County, Hunt County and Hopkins County before continuing east.

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The storms came a day after confirmed tornadoes touched down near several West Texas towns, causing no injuries but pounding Abilene with hail the size of softballs. National Weather Service forecaster Joel Dunn said Monday that the large hail broke the windshields of 60 to 80 vehicles outside the Mall of Abilene on Sunday afternoon.

Dunn said that a tornado was confirmed Sunday afternoon in Callahan County, near Baird. And another tornado was reported about three miles north of Potosi. A third tornaado was reported by fire department personnel north of Moran, in Shackelford County. Again, there were no immediate reports of damage or injury.

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One Comment

  1. melanie says:

    Thanks for weather in Fannin county. We like so many have Dish and we get our warnings from ktvt. No TV stations in our area. You keep us safe….

  2. Brenna says:

    Thanks for the weather report of the funnel spotted by Cliff or Clint in the field (near Cleburne State Park). My parents have damage on their property (trees uprooted, damage to some structures, shingles off roof), but they made it safely to the storm shelter before they heard what sounded like a train. Their safety is definitely due to the solid weather coverage provided by Larry Mowry, Jeff Jamison, and those in the field. I was able to call and warn them well in advance so that they were close enough to shelter to get to safety right before anything severe hit their property. Thank you for keeping my parents and so many others safe.

  3. Tinker says:

    Thank you for the weather coverage during the storms today. We had a little bit of “excitement” down here in Tehuacana in Limestone CO when the storm cell came through from the Waco area. Pea sized hail, some thunder and lightening, rain. Oh, and a rather intimidating wall cloud with very visible rotation passed over around 7 this evening.

    You are only one of two stations we can still pick up with our antenna on the roof. Your signal was the only one that remained fairly steady during the storms.

  4. Eric Camarillo says:

    I was coming back from a class at Tarleton State in Stephenville and saw a rotation on the way back to my apartment. I had a feeling there would be a tornado warning and then heard a loud thunder clap. Then that’s when I found out about a tornado warning west of Stephenville. I tried to take pics but i didn’t see any tornadoes but a wall cloud was seen and the rain on the fourth level of my apartment.

  5. Mark says:

    I blame Rick Perry’s pray for rain idea.

    1. Don says:

      LMAO be careful what you wish for

  6. txtanner says:

    Someone needs a geography lesson or a better editor. 130 miles North of Houston is not North Texas….

  7. laughing says:

    har har har – poor ol’ Texass

  8. Don says:

    I live on a hill in Erath County.
    During the past 2 days of storms I didn’t have any TV that wasn’t bleeped out so bad you could know of any danger, which is normal reception now all year long. With analog at least I had warning about fires and weather.
    I got my reports by leaving on the weather radio, yet seems like the funnels reported on it didn’t move for over 30 minutes. Tues. well over an hour past it’s original spotting location it was still reported there along with the times it would be elsewhere. Needless to say maps and the information which way they where headed didn’t help a lot.
    I did risk getting on the internet (connection out of Strawn where you have no ideal if it’s lightening there) even with lightening here to get radar images so I would know what was coming my way since everything else seemed to fail accurate/current information.
    What good does all this advanced information do if you can’t get the information to the people who need it? I’m more in the dark now than I was 20 years ago thanks to digital TV. Not for one minute do I think peoples toys (phones, etc.) or clear pictures are more important than other peoples lives.
    I am glad this information did reach those lucky enough to have it. As for the rest of us when we see the smoke or flames we know it’s going the way the wind blows and if you hear a train it could hit home if the hail/hard rain/winds don’t cover up the sound. Funny how the modern ages puts some right back into the dark ages. Wish I had a cave to live in.

  9. matt says:

    some people have nothing to do but complain, huh Don? If you live “on a hill” in Erath County, you DO live in the dark ages. You WILL hear a tornado if it is near enough to you! Also, it’s spelled lightning.

  10. Don says:

    Nice to know your such a caring human being Matt and your so smart you can spell and never make any typo’s. Guess what many of those dying on the battlefield right now for you can’t spell great either or make mistakes-care to put them down too? That also applies to all those who died for you on the battlegrounds in the past.
    Since when did pointing out problems become just complaining?
    I bet those who make the food put into your stomach love hearing they should remain/be in the dark ages. Yet I have not always lived here, in fact I’ve lived in city’s and foreign Nations.
    I beg to differ with you about hearing a tornado if it’s near enough to you. Some you can and others you can’t due to the high winds, rain, hail that cover their sound up. I have been in 3 such situations with 1 even causing a vacuum in the house when the window was closed that caused the window to get broken out by large hail and straight line winds. Daytime you can tell better what’s coming, all of these happened at night. Real little I heard the one that hit in Ok.
    It’s 2011, should life only be based on hearing and sight in this day and age in what is suppose to be the greatest Nation in the world?

  11. mike says:

    Im sorry but those scientists were a little too neat about refusing to validate the theory of global climate change with any concrete observations. A little too neat. In fact, when they did speculate, which they did on the source of high cold air in tornado formation, they were pretty quick to rule climate change out as any type of contributing factor.

    I wonder where they get their funding for all of that research they do.

    I mean, they both acknowledged climate change in the abstract, so how can there be no conection between the climate and the weather?

    “reasons we don’t have to get into right now?”. Yuck. gross.

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