EF1 Tornado Confirmed near the city of Hidalgo,June 30, 2011

EF1 Tornado Confirmed in southern Hidalgo County June 30 2011

The National Weather Service in Brownsville conducted a survey of damage that affected portions of the cities of Pharr and Hidalgo in southern Hidalgo County.  Based on this survey, it has been determined that a weak tornado touched down during the early evening hours of June 30, 2011.

Event Type: Tornado
Event Date: June 30, 2011
Event Time (Based on radar): 5:57 - 6:04 PM CDT
Estimated Peak Wind: 86 MPH
Preliminary Rating: EF1
Injury: 1
Path Length: 0.4 mi.
Path Width: 30 yds.
Beginning Point: 26.1184°,-98.1937°
Ending Point: 26.1203°,-98.1997°

This short-lived tornado touched down in a subdivision approximately 4 miles east-northeast of the city of Hidalgo in southern Hidalgo County.  Most of the damage in this area was limited to the overturning of trampolines, the knocking down of wooden privacy fences, an outdoor storage building, and minor shingle damage to the roof of two homes.  A (relatively empty) moving truck was also blown on its side in the subdivision.  The tornado strengthened as it approached an import/export business on the west side of US-281.  Here, an office building lost between 25% and 33% of the roof as the tornado continued moving westward.  Much of the roofing material landed on a car parked behind the office building, resulting in the injury of the driver.  In this area, a single-wide mobile home was heavily damaged, as well as a couple of semi trucks.  Before lifting, tornadic winds knocked down several hundred feet of concrete block fencing.  No damage was seen beyond this point by the National Weather Service survey crew or officials from the city of Pharr.

These findings are preliminary and are subject to adjustment.

The National Weather Service would like to thank the Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Pharr, our media partners, and area residents for their assistance with this survey.

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