Brief EF-0 Tornado in White Settlement Wednesday

Thursday, May 12, 2011  |  Updated 12:12 PM CDT
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Storm damage was reported in Dallas, Tarrant, Wise and Cooke counties.

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Storm damage was reported in Dallas, Tarrant, Wise and Cooke counties.

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The National Weather Service confirms a brief EF-0 tornado with winds between 75 mph to 85 mph touched down in White Settlement at around 2 p.m. on Wednesday. 

The NWS conducted a storm damage survey in the area south of White Settlement Road and east of West Loop 820. The NWS said the path of the tornado was an estimated quarter to half mile long and 100 yards long.

Hail and straight-line wind gusts damaged roofs, downed tree limbs and power lines, smashed sheds and toppled trailers across North Texas on Wednesday.

The thunderstorms moved through the area in the afternoon. Storm damage was reported in Dallas, Tarrant, Wise and Cooke counties.

More than 15,000 people, most in Dallas County, were without power as of Wednesday night.

Wise County Fire Marshal Marc Dodd said lightning struck and ignited an oil tank battery, but it was quickly extinguished.

He said reported winds as high as 70 mph toppled four recreational vehicles in a Decatur lot, blew two mobile homes from their foundations and smashed some lightly built sheds and barns. No injuries were reported.

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