Texas Tornadoes Damage Homes

Texas Tornadoes Damage Homes

Texas Tornadoes Damage Homes

Disaster Alert
March 19, 2020

Source: Abilene Reporter-News

Additional Resources:

Big Country Homepage.com: (GALLERY: Aerial footage of tornado damage in South Bend, Texas)

Approximate locations sustaining structural damage:

– Alvord (Wise County, 76225)
– Graham ( Young County, 76450)
– Hamby (Shackleford County, 79601)
– Mulberry Canyon (Taylor County, 79536)
– South Bend (Young County, 76481)
– Tye (Taylor County, 79563, 79603)

NOTE: This has not yet been declared a FEMA Major Disaster.

An overnight storm that spawned multiple tornadoes caused damage west, north and northeast of Abilene, including wind turbines south of Merkel, houses in Tye and vehicles and structures at the Robertson and Middleton prison units near the Jones County line.

The storm rumbled through the area during the first hours of the first day of spring.

A team from the San Angelo office of the National Weather Service surveyed the area Thursday and determined that a tornado had touched down south of Merkel about 1:15 a.m. Thursday, followed by second near Tye at about 1:27 a.m. and a third at the Robertson unit at 1:47 a.m., NWS lead forecaster Patrick McCullough said.

The Merkel and Robertson unit tornadoes were classified as at least EF-2, which have winds of 111 to 135 mph, the NWS said. The Tye tornado was classified as EF-1, with wind speeds of 86 to 110 mph.

Power lines were down, wind turbines toppled and several structures and residences in Mulberry Canyon south of Merkel were damaged, said Sgt. Cliff Griffin with the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office.

The destruction was especially evident around the 5500 block of FM 126 and at County Roads 342 and 344, he said.

The NWS team continues to survey the Tye area.

About 1:30 a.m. Thursday, a Tye police officer spotted a tornado on the ground in the Rister Park area. The tornado traveled east toward Dyess Air Force Base, according to a Tye police social media update.

Dyess AFB reported on social media that the cell passed to the north of the base.

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