EF-0 Tornado Confirmed in Rockwall

NWS survey teams out assessing damage from Wednesday's storms

A storm survey team with the National Weather Service confirms Thursday a weak tornado touched down in Rockwall Wednesday.

The survey team said the Rockwall twister was an EF-0 with a maximum wind speed of 70 mph.

Minor damage, the NWS said, was reported at the Leon Tuttle Athletic Complex.

Earlier in the morning, NWS survey teams confirmed two EF-0 tornadoes touched down in Saginaw and Krum and that a brief EF-1 tornado touched down in North Fort Worth, where severe winds caused roof damage in the Heritage Trace area. The National Weather Service said the tornado left a path of damage reaching about a half mile with maximum winds of about 90 mph.

The tornadoes were part of a larger outbreak of twisters that swept through parts of northern and eastern Texas Wednesday, leaving scattered reports of damage but only one minor injury.

The National Weather Service said in a statement that strong low-level instability allowed some of the thunderstorms to become severe and that it has received numerous reports of wind damage, hail and a few tornadoes.

The weather service said crews would continue surveying areas of damage on Thursday before providing official confirmation on tornadoes and wind speeds.

In North Fort Worth, severe winds caused roof damage in the Heritage Trace area. It was unclear if the damage was caused by a tornado or straight-line winds.

Twisters were reported from Fort Worth to Greenville and south to Canton, Kemp and Mabank between 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Dozens of funnel clouds that didn't reach the ground were also sighted, with many people sharing their storm pictures to NBC 5 through iSee@nbcdfw.com.

Brandon Clement of Live Storms Media captured the Canton tornado on drone video, you can see the twister send debris into the air on May 29, 2019.

On the northern shore of Cedar Creek Reservoir, about 50 miles southwest of Dallas, a reported tornado caused significant damage in a lakeside subdivision. Steve Howie, emergency management coordinator for Kaufman County, said  one person suffered minor injuries in the Cedar Creek Country Club subdivision. He also said many downed trees are making roads impassable in the area.

In Canton, about 55 miles east of Dallas, a tornado caused major damage to the exterior of a gas station and convenience store.

In Canton, about 55 miles east of Dallas, a tornado caused major damage to the exterior of a gas station and convenience store. The Texas Thunder Truck intercepted the twister as it crossed Texas Highway 19, just moments after it swept through the central core of the town.

The National Weather Service will dispatch survey crews to examine damage left by a tornado the afternoon of Wednesday, May 29, 2019.
Damage, Tornado Photos

Pictures of Funnel Clouds on May 29, 2019

Storm Damage Photos - May 29, 2019

Storm Videos
A neighborhood in north Fort Worth was hit hard by severe storms Wednesday afternoon. This drone video was taken near the intersection of Interstate 35W and Heritage Trace Parkway.
Jessica Blackmon-White from Black Star Sport Horses caught this rotating wall cloud on camera in Rockwall Wednesday afternoon.
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