PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
358 PM CST TUE FEB 19 2013


...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 02/18/13 TORNADO EVENT...

.TORNADO EAST OF SHEPHERD TEXAS...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    95-105 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  0.6 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   30 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             FEB 18 2013
START TIME:             203 PM CST
START LOCATION:         2.2 MI ESE SHEPHERD/ SAN JACINTO / TX
START LAT/LON:          30.4897 -94.9543

END DATE:               FEB 18 2013
END TIME:               206 PM CST
END LOCATION:           2.65 MI ESE SHEPHERD/ SAN JACINTO / TX
END_LAT/LON:            30.4913 -94.9449

TOURED DAMAGE AREA WITH SAN JACINTO COUNTY FIRE MARSHALL. IN THE
MOST SEVERE DAMAGE AREA...DAMAGE EF1 ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE
WAS OBSERVED WITH A LARGE BARN DESTROYED AND PARTIAL ROOF LOSS
TO A BRICK HOME. THERE WAS ALSO EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO THE FRONT
DOOR AND GARAGE PORTION OF THE STRUCTURE. ON EITHER END OF THE
DAMAGE PATH LARGE TREES WERE UPROOTED. A SECOND SMALL SHED WAS
DESTROYED ON THE EASTERN END OF THE DAMAGE PATH. SOME DEBRIS WAS
OBSERVED MOVED A LARGE DISTANCE...ABOUT ONE HALF MILE...INCLUDING
SHINGLES...SHEET METAL...AND BEER CANS. THERE WAS ONE WITNESS
WHO SAW THE FUNNEL MOVE OVER THE MOST SEVERE DAMAGE AREA WHO SAW
A THIN LIGHT COLORED FUNNEL AND SWIRLING DEBRIS FROM A HUNDRED
YARDS OR SO AWAY AND THEN TOOK SHELTER. THE RESIDENTS OF THE
DAMAGED HOME WERE AWAY WHEN THE TORNADO STRUCK AND THE ANIMALS
AT THE FARM WERE NOT IN THE DESTROYED BARN...SO THERE WERE NO
INJURIES. SEVERAL PEOPLE COMMENTED ON RECEIVING THE WARNING.
A NEARBY MARKET SAW A FUNNEL CLOUD AND LED SHOPPERS TO THE REAR
OF THE STORE IN A SMALL ROOM.


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 EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN NWS STORM
DATA.

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