3 Tornadoes touched down in Fayette County Friday morning

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Three tornadoes were officially confirmed by the National Weather Service to have touched down Friday morning. All three occurred in Fayette County with one beginning in Lavaca County. Two of the tornadoes were EF0 tornadoes with 75 and 80 mph winds and one near west La Grange was an EF2 tornado with 120mph winds. That tornado was produced from the same cell that dropped one of the EF0 tornadoes.
 



Here is the latest statement regarding the damage survey done by the National Weather Service for Friday’s tornadoes:

 

…NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 05/03/19 TORNADOES IN FAYETTE/LAVACA COUNTIES…

.FAYETTE-LAVACA COUNTY CR257…

RATING:                 EF0

ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    75 MPH

PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  2.78 MILES

PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   20.0 YARDS

FATALITIES:             0

INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             05/03/2019

START TIME:             07:14 AM CDT

START LOCATION:         4 ENE MOULTON / LAVACA COUNTY / TX

START LAT/LON:          29.6024 / -97.0871

END DATE:               05/03/2019

END TIME:               07:26 AM CDT

END LOCATION:           3 SSE FLATONIA / FAYETTE COUNTY / TX

END LAT/LON:            29.6418 / -97.0846

SURVEY SUMMARY:

A SMALL EF0 TORNADO FORMED EARLY FRIDAY MORNING AS SHOWERS AND STORMS WERE MOVING NORTH THROUGH

WESTERN LAVACA COUNTY. SOME OAK TREE DAMAGE WAS FOUND ALONG THE FENCELINE ON AND 

ALONG COUNTY ROAD 256 NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH CR 257 JUST NE OF MOULTON.  THE WEAK TORNADO

DAMAGED SOME TREES AS IT MOVED NORTH FAIRLY CLOSE TO CR 257 AND CR 257A.  MORE TREE DAMAGE WAS

FOUND ON E. WIEDEMANN ROAD JUST ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LAVACA COUNTY LINE IN FAR SOUTHERN FAYETTE

COUNTY.  IT APPEARS THAT THE WEAK TORNADO DISSIPATED NEAR THIS LOCATION AS NO OTHER DAMAGE WAS

FOUND FARTHER NORTH. MAX WINDS WERE ESTIMATED TO BE 75 MPH.

.SALEM-FREYBURG RD TORNADO…

RATING:                 EF0

ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    80 MPH

PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  4.17 MILES

PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   20.0 YARDS

FATALITIES:             0

INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             05/03/2019

START TIME:             08:14 AM CDT

START LOCATION:         6 ENE FLATONIA / FAYETTE COUNTY / TX

START LAT/LON:          29.7218 / -97.0163

END DATE:               05/03/2019

END TIME:               08:26 AM CDT

END LOCATION:           4 SE MULDOON / FAYETTE COUNTY / TX

END LAT/LON:            29.7816 / -97.0072

SURVEY SUMMARY:

A THUNDERSTORM MOVED OVER SOUTHERN FAYETTE COUNTY NEAR INTERSTATE 10 IN BETWEEN

FLATONIA AND SCHULENBURG.  A WEAK TORNADO TOUCHED GROUND NEAR FAREK-LOTH RD WHERE

IT TURNS NORTH AND BECOMES EHLER-GRASSHOF ROAD.  AN OUTSIDE STORAGE SHED

WAS DESTROYED ALONG EHLER-GRASSHOF ALONG WITH SOME MINOR TREE DAMAGE.  THE TORNADO

APPEARS TO HAVE MOVED NORTH AND CROSSED SALEM-FREYBURG RD WHERE POWER LINES WHERE

DAMAGED OFF GEBERT ROAD AND LARGE TREES WERE DOWN ON SCHULTZ ROAD.  NORTH OF THIS AREA

THERE WAS NO VISIBLE DAMAGE AS THE PATH WAS NOT ACCESSIBLE. FOR THIS REASON THE TORNADO

PATH WAS ENDED ON SCHULTZ ROAD. MAX WINDS WERE ESTIMATED TO BE 80 MPH.

.HIGHWAY 71 LA GRANGE TORNADO…

RATING:                 EF2

ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    120 MPH

PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  2.48 MILES

PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   75.0 YARDS

FATALITIES:             0

INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             05/03/2019

START TIME:             09:04 AM CDT

START LOCATION:         5 W LA GRANGE / FAYETTE COUNTY / TX

START LAT/LON:          29.9071 / -96.9573

END DATE:               05/03/2019

END TIME:               09:12 AM CDT

END LOCATION:           4 WNW LA GRANGE / FAYETTE COUNTY / TX

END LAT/LON:            29.9389 / -96.9397

SURVEY SUMMARY:

THE SAME STORM THAT PRODUCED THE SALEM-FREYBURG ROAD EF0 TORNADO CONTINUED TO MOVE NORTH

THROUGH CENTRAL FAYETTE COUNTY. AS IT APPROACHED THE WEST SIDE OF LA GRANGE, A TORNADO WAS PRODUCED

WITH VISIBLE TREE DAMAGE JUST SOUTH OF THE LA GRANGE AIRPORT NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF SUPAK

LANE AND JACKSON ROAD.  LARGE OAK TREES WERE DAMAGE AND UPROOTED NEAR THIS AREA AND AREAS

ALONG OLD LOCKHART ROAD.  DAMAGE IN THIS AREA WAS ESTIMATED TO BE EF1.  THE TORNADO THEN APPROACHED

HIGHWAY 71 PRODUCING HEAVY DAMAGE TO A BUSINESS ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF HIGHWAY 71.  AT THIS

LOCATION A LARGE METAL BUILDING WAS DESTROYED WHILE ANOTHER WAS HEAVILY DAMAGED.  BUSINESS AND

EMPLOYEE VEHICLES WERE OVERTURNED AS WELL AS A 90,000 LB PIECE OF MACHINERY WAS SHIFTED AND

OVERTURNED. WINDS WERE ESTIMATED TO BE EF2 AS IT CROSSED THIS AREA. EMPLOYEES SUCCESSFULLY

TOOK SHELTER IN THE BUSINESS OFFICE WHERE NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.  THE TORNADO

CONTINUED TO MOVE NORTH AND CROSSED HIGHWAY 71, DESTROYING/COLLAPSING A METAL BUILDING ACROSS THE STREET AND

DOING CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE TO VERY LARGE OAK TREES.  THE PATH CONTINUED NORTH TO EGYPT ROAD WHERE

A SMALL CHURCH WAS HEAVILY DAMAGED AND MORE TREE DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED.  THE TORNADO FINALLY

DISSIPATED NORTH OF THIS AREA NEAR EGYPT ROAD JUST SOUTH OF THE COLORADO RIVER.

EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO THE

FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

EF0…WEAK……65 TO 85 MPH

EF1…WEAK……86 TO 110 MPH

EF2…STRONG….111 TO 135 MPH

EF3…STRONG….136 TO 165 MPH

EF4…VIOLENT…166 TO 200 MPH

EF5…VIOLENT…>200 MPH

NOTE:

THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO

CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENTS AND PUBLICATION IN NWS

STORM DATA.

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