Continuing Coverage of Tornado Outbreaks in North Texas

Wednesday's Tornado Count Climbs to 16 Twisters

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    Officials with the National Weather Service are still surveying damage from Wednesday night's tornado outbreak.

    An outbreak of as many as 16 tornadoes slammed through several small communities Wednesday night, killing six and injuring more than 100. 

    The tornadoes, based on preliminary information from the National Weather Service, are believed to have touched down in the following locations. They are not listed in the order in which they developed.

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    1. Belcherville/Northern Montague County (EF-0)
    The National Weather Service says this tornado was reported by storm spotters one mile west of Belcherville and had estimated peak wind speeds of 80 mph.  This tornado was ¼ mile in length and about 50 yards wide.

    2. Lake Amon G. Carter/Montague County (EF-1)
    Rated an EF-1, the National Weather Service says the estimated peak wind was 100 mph. One injury was reported as a result of the storm. NWS survey crews found five homes damaged, one home was destroyed. Additionally, significant tree damage was reported. This tornado was ½ mile in length and about 200 yards wide.

    3. Alvord/Wise County (EF-0)
    The National Weather Service says this tornado was reported by storm spotters and residents and occurred over open land, damaging only trees. Peak winds were estimated at 80 mph. This tornado was 1/10 mile in length and about 25 yards wide.

    4. Millsap/Parker County (EF-1)
    Rated an EF-1, National Weather Service survey crews found five homes significantly damaged by the tornado and trees damaged. The estimated peak wind was 100 mph. This tornado was 1.5 miles in length and about 400 yards wide.

    5. Granbury/Hood County (EF-4)
    Rated an EF-4, six people were killed in the storm and dozens more injured. National Weather Service survey crews found homes wiped from their foundations. The storm was half a mile wide and was on the ground for nearly three miles.  Estimated peak winds from this tornado were 180 mph.

    6. Pecan Plantation/Hood County (EF-1)
    Rated an EF-1, National Weather Service survey crews found an additional path of damage that is separate from the Granbury tornado. The estimated peak wind was 90 mph. This tornado was 2 miles in length and about 300 yards wide.

    7. West of Annetta/Parker County (EF-0)
    The National Weather Service says this EF-0 tornado left significant damage along Tin Top Road, in an area southwest of Annetta and northwest of Cresson. Trees, mobile homes and barns were destroyed. Peak wind speeds were estimated to be 80 mph. This tornado was 1.5 miles in length and about 100 yards wide.

    8. Cleburne/Johnson County (EF-3)
    The National Weather Service survey crews estimate the peak wind was 140 mph for this EF-3 tornado. The NWS said the tornado was a mile wide and stayed on the ground for 8 and a half miles. Dozens of homes were damaged.

    9. ESE Cleburne/Johnson County (EF-0)
    Rated an EF-0, National Weather Service survey crews found an additional path of damage that is separate from the EF-3 tornado that hit Cleburne. This tornado mostly damaged trees, though five manufactured homes did suffer roof damage. The estimated peak wind was 85 mph. This tornado was 1 mile in length and about 1 mile wide.

    10. Mills County (EF-0)
    The National Weather Service says this tornado was reported by storm spotters.  Peak wind estimates are 80 mph. This tornado was ¼ mile in length and about 50 yards wide.  More information on this tornado is still being gathered, as of Friday afternoon.

    11. & 12. North of Evant/Western Hamilton County (EF-0)
    The National Weather Service says video footage showed two tornadoes occurred simultaneously approximately two miles north of Evant in Western Hamilton County.  This tornadoes were both ¼ mile in length and about 25 yards wide. Peak wind speeds were approximately 85 mph.

    13. Ennis/Ellis County (EF-1)
    Rated an EF-1, National Weather Service survey crews found significant damage in Ennis and say the tornado was on the ground for approximately six miles starting west of Interstate 45 and crossed the highway south of Ennis Avenue.  The swath was about 400 yards wide. The estimated peak wind was 90 mph. Local officials say 17 homes were damaged, four of which were uninhabitable. Fifty five businesses were damaged, 20 of those suffered severe damage.

    14. Southeast of Mineral Wells/Palo Pinto County (EF-0)
    The brief EF-0 tornado started and ended about three and half miles south-southeast of Mineral Wells at approximately 6:41 p.m. Off-duty NWS meteorologists photographed the tornado, which is separate from the Millsap tornado. No damage has been reported so far.  This tornado was ½  mile in length and about 50 yards wide with estimated peak wind speeds of 85 mph.

    15. East of Millsap/Parker County (EF-0)
    An EF-0 tornado was photographed by off-duty NWS meteorologists about three miles east of Millsap. It is also separate from the Millsap tornado. No damage has been reported so far. This tornado was ½ mile in length and about 50 yards wide with estimated peak wind speeds of 80 mph.

    16. Nocona Lake/Montague County
    Storm spotters reported this tornado near Nocona Lake in Montague County. Some damage was reported, but additional details were not immediately available.

    NWS officials said the first tornado was reported to have occurred at 5:38 p.m. in Montague County and the last was at about 9:45 p.m. southeast of Cleburne.