16 Mar Tornadoes Stemming from Winter Storm Strike Texas Panhandle
March 14, 2021
Source: Amarillo Globe-News
The Weather Channel (Tornado Causes Damage in North Texas)
Approximate location (according to media outlets) sustaining structural damage:
-Canyon (Randall County, 79015, 79016)
*Concentrated damage reported in Palo Duro Canyon
Clarendon (Donley County, 79226)
Claude (Armstrong County, 79019)
Happy (Randall/Swisher Counties, 79042)
*Hardest Hit Area
Nazareth (Castro County, 79063)
NWS estimates at least six tornadoes made their way through area during Saturday’s severe weather
When Andrew Shirey got to Palo Duro Canyon on Friday afternoon, he knew there was the possibility of high winds and severe weather throughout the weekend.
But what occurred Saturday afternoon was not something he expected to happen during the first few days of his Spring Break.
The Amarillo office of the National Weather Service is estimating that six tornadoes made their way throughout the Texas Panhandle Saturday, affecting southern Randall County, including Happy and Palo Duro Canyon, as well as other Panhandle towns including Claude and Clarendon.
Tornado’s effect on Randall County/Texas Panhandle
According to NWS Amarillo, one large tornado hit the entranceway of Palo Duro Canyon State Park, affecting the nearby Palo Duro Canyon Zip Line Adventure Park.
Leann Overstreet, the public information officer for the Randall County Sheriff’s Office, said 16 hikers weathered the storm in the state park while 42 were evacuated out of the park as the storm was approaching.
Initially, five hikers were reported as missing after the storm, four of which were found shortly afterward. The fifth hiker was located later Saturday after a search. No injuries or fatalities related to the storm had been reported to the Globe-News as of Sunday afternoon.
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