National Weather Service Confirms SW Arlington Tornado
ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – It’s been confirmed. The storm that hit southwest Arlington was indeed a tornado. A survey team from the National Weather Service made that assessment.
Fort Worth Warning Coordination Meteorologist Mark Fox and his team took to the streets Wednesday morning, walking block by block through neighborhoods.
After inspecting the damage Fox said one thing is for sure.
“We’re gonna kinda wait for some of the aerial surveys, because that’s gonna tell us was it one, was it two or more. No real question here what it was, it’s just how strong.”
After looking at exactly what kind of damage was done to the area experts were able to determine what type of severe weather event hit.
“So far we’re seeing evidence consistent with about an EF-2 [tornado], a fairly strong EF-2,” Fox said.
Some of the storm intensity can be determined by the destruction left behind.
“We’re having a lot of garage doors being broken, roofs trying to uplift from there, couple of second stories that are now on the first floor, so that’s consistent with 135… 130 to 135 mile per hour winds,” Fox explained.
And those garage doors that popped out… Fox said that’s a telltale sign that the tornado may have briefly lifted some homes off their foundations.
While there have been no life-threatening injuries or deaths reported anywhere in North Texas, Fox calls the storm historic because there were two North Texas storms, with a deep and persistent rotating updraft, and both produced tornadoes.
“When have you ever seen two tornadic supercells in Tarrant and Dallas County at the same time?” asked Fox. “The closest thing we could come up with was the Mayfest storm, May 5, 1995, and even then we didn’t have tornadoes in both areas. So, a pretty historic event.”
The National Weather Service Team will spend the entire day looking at other areas where tornadoes hit.
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