NWS Confirms Tornadoes Touched Down in Arlington, Fort Worth, Farmers Branch Sunday - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

NWS Confirms Tornadoes Touched Down in Arlington, Fort Worth, Farmers Branch Sunday

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    Sunday Storms Leave Mark on North Fort Worth

    Sunday night's storms, confirmed Monday as tornadoes by the National Weather Service, left their mark on several neighborhoods in North Texas. North Fort Worth was one of the hardest hit areas. (Published Monday, June 17, 2019)

    The National Weather Service says four tornadoes touched down in North Texas Sunday afternoon.

    An EF-1 tornado touched down in North Arlington, not far from Globe Life Park.

    An NWS survey team determined the tornado was on the ground for about a minute and covered about two miles with wind speeds up to 95 mph.

    Significant damage was reported in the area including toppled trees and roof damage to homes immediately northwest of Globe Life Park.

    The rest of the damage immediately nearby was straight-line winds, likely 60-70 mph, the NWS said.

    The National Weather Service also determined an EF-0 tornado with wind speeds up to 85 mph tracked for 1.25 miles through north Fort Worth in the Crawford Farms and Vista Meadows subdivisions. Another EF-0 tornado was confirmed over Eagle Mountain Lake.

    On Tuesday, NWS confirmed an EF-0 tornado hit Farmers Branch near Mustang Trails Park Sunday. Winds were estimated at 85 mph with a path length of 0.12 miles.

    In addition, damage in Farmers Branch, Euless, Bedford and Irving was caused by 60 to 70 mph straight line winds.

    Homes Damaged Sunday After Tornado in North Fort WorthHomes Damaged Sunday After Tornado in North Fort Worth

    An EF-0 tornado blew through north Fort Worth Sunday afternoon, damaging several homes -- including one that belonged to a family who'd moved in just days earlier.

    (Published Monday, June 17, 2019)

    David Benson and his family were out celebrating Father's Day by the pool.

    "My son-in-law looked up to the sky and said, 'Wow there's rotation, there's debris in the rotation,'" Benson said.

    "There was no tornado warning, no sirens going off, no nothing," said Benson's son-in-law Steven Burris.

    The family made it inside just in time -- before part of the roof peeled off.

    "My house and my two neighbors' houses are the center of destruction, looks like a war zone," Benson said.

    They just closed on the house on Friday, moved in Saturday and lost it all on Sunday, yet they're still counting their blessings.

    "We're all safe, we're all alive, we're here to talk about it and the rest of it's just stuff."

    "We're all safe, we're all alive, we're here to talk about it and the rest of it's just stuff," Benson said.

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    Tornado and Hail Safety

    Stay Safe During a Hail Storm
     
    At Home?
    • Head indoors immediately
    • If time allows, close all drapes, blinds or shades to prevent broken glass from entering your home.
    • Stay away from windows and skylights (any exterior glass) and head to a safe location inside your home, ideally only with interior walls.
    Outdoors?
    • Cover your head and seek shelter indoors immediately.
    • If you are trapped outside, get to a low-lying area and try to protect your head. Use clothing if it's all you have.
    Driving?
    • Stay inside your vehicle.
    • Slow down or pull over and stop at a safe location. DO NOT stop under a highway overpass. You may be protecting your vehicle, but you could be forcing other people to stop behind you.
    • Turn your back to windows or cover yourself with a blanket, coat or spare clothing to protect yourself from breaking glass.
    • If you have a sunroof, try to find something to protect your head.

     

    NBC5's Alice Barr contributed to this report.

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