Updated Survey Information 5/24/2011

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORT WORTH TX
547 PM CDT THU MAY 26 2011

...DAMAGE SURVEY UPDATE FOR THE MAY 24TH STORMS...

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CREWS SPENT THE DAY CONDUCTING ADDITIONAL
DAMAGE SURVEYS FROM THE THUNDERSTORMS WHICH OCCURRED ON TUESDAY
MAY 24TH. THE SURVEY TEAM STARTED IN NORTHWESTERN TARRANT AND
NORTHEASTERN PARKER COUNTIES...WHERE DAMAGE WAS FOUND IN AN AREA
BOUNDED BY HASLET...AZLE...AND SPRINGTOWN. THIS DAMAGE WAS FOUND
TO BE CONSISTENT WITH STRAIGHT LINE DAMAGING WINDS...APPROXIMATELY
75 TO 85 MPH.

THE CREW THEN ASSESSED DAMAGE IN DENTON COUNTY AND DETERMINED
THERE WAS ONE TORNADO...WHICH OCCURRED IN THE CITY LIMITS OF DENTON.
THIS WILL DECREASE THE PRELIMINARY NUMBER OF TORNADOES TO 8 FOR
THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING OF MAY 24TH.

THE STORM SURVEY TEAM ASSESSED DAMAGE IN THE FAR SOUTHWESTERN
PORTION OF THE CITY OF DENTON. IN THIS AREA...CLOSE TO THE DENTON
AND ARGYLE CITY LIMITS BOUNDARY...SUBSTANTIAL TORNADO DAMAGE WAS
FOUND IN NUMEROUS HOMES IN A SUBDIVISION. ADDITIONAL DAMAGE...CONSISTENT
WITH STRAIGHT LINE WINDS WERE OBSERVED ACROSS THE WESTERN PORTIONS
OF THE CITY OF CORINTH.

THE TEAM SPENT ADDITIONAL TIME CONSIDERING THE PHOTOGRAPHS...VIDEO
...AND EYEWITNESS EVIDENCE OF THE DENTON COUNTY DAMAGE. IT HAS
BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE NUMEROUS REPORTS OF FUNNEL CLOUDS...TORNADOES...AND
DAMAGE IN CORINTH AREA WERE ACTUALLY FROM THE TORNADO WHICH
OCCURRED ALONG THE DENTON/ARGYLE BORDER...NOW COMMONLY REFERRED TO
AS THE ARGYLE TORNADO.

THE DENTON TORNADO HAS BEEN GIVEN A PRELIMINARY DAMAGE RATING OF
EF-2 ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE. DAMAGE WAS FOUND THAT WAS
CONSISTENT WITH WIND SPEEDS BETWEEN 115 AND 125 MPH. THE PATH
LENGTH OF THIS TORNADO WAS APPROXIMATELY 1.2 MILES...AND HAD A
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH OF 220 YARDS.

WHILE THERE WILL BE UNDOUBTEDLY OTHER EVIDENCE AND OTHER DAMAGE
AREAS TO CONSIDER...THE TOTAL NUMBER OF TORNADOES NOW STANDS AT 8
FOR THE EVENING OF MAY 24TH. THE LISTING OF TORNADOES AND THEIR
DAMAGE RATINGS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

A BRIEF TORNADO WAS OBSERVED BY SPOTTERS 2 MILES SOUTHEAST OF ST.
JO. THIS TORNADO HAS BEEN GIVEN A PRELIMINARY DAMAGE RATING OF
EF-0.

A BRIEF TORNADO WAS OBSERVED BY SPOTTERS 4 MILES NORTHEAST OF
NOCONA...NEAR LAKE NOCONA. THIS TORNADO HAS BEEN GIVEN A
PRELIMINARY DAMAGE RATING OF EF-0.

A TORNADO WAS OBSERVED AND PHOTOGRAPHED 2 MILES SOUTHWEST OF
GAINESVILLE. THIS TORNADO HAS BEEN GIVEN A PRELIMINARY DAMAGE
RATING OF EF-0.

A BRIEF TORNADO WAS OBSERVED BY SPOTTERS 3 MILES NORTH OF RHOME
IN WISE COUNTY. THIS TORNADO HAS BEEN GIVEN A PRELIMINARY RATING
OF EF-0.

A TORNADO OCCURRED IN IRVING. THIS TORNADO HAS BEEN GIVEN A
PRELIMINARY RATING OF EF-1.

A TORNADO OCCURRED IN THE FAR SOUTHWESTERN SECTIONS OF
DENTON...ALONG THE DENTON AND ARGYLE CITY LIMITS. THIS TORNADO HAS
BEEN GIVEN A PRELIMINARY RATING OF EF-2.

A TORNADO WAS OBSERVED BY SPOTTERS NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF I-20
AND I-45 IN SOUTHEAST DALLAS COUNTY...ALONG THE TRINITY RIVER
BOTTOM. THIS TORNADO HAS BEEN GIVEN A PRELIMINARY RATING OF EF-0.

A TORNADO WAS OBSERVED BY SPOTTERS NEAR CEDARVILLE IN KAUFMAN
COUNTY. THIS TORNADO HAS BEEN GIVEN A PRELIMINARY RATING OF EF-0.

FOR THE CALENDAR YEAR 2011 SO FAR...THERE HAVE NOW BEEN 37
CONFIRMED TORNADOES IN THE 46 COUNTIES IN THE WFO FORT WORTH AREA
OF RESPONSIBILITY.

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