Leary Texas Tornado of April 10, 2008
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF DAMAGE THAT OCCURRED IN BOWIE COUNTY
NEAR LEARY ON APRIL 10 2008 AND FOUND THAT AN EF2 TORNADO OCCURRED WITH WINDS OF 115 TO
125 MPH. THE EF2 TORNADO WAS ON THE GROUND FOR APPROXIMATELY 5 MILES FROM 812 AM TO 814 AM.
MOST OF THE DAMAGE NORTH OF INTERSTATE 30 WAS CONSISTENT WITH EF0 AND EF1
WINDS...HOWEVER...SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 30 BETWEEN HWY 82 AND INTERSTATE 30 SOME STRUCTURES
SHOWED EF2 DAMGE.
IN PARTICULAR...THE CINDERBLOCK AND BRICK LAWNMOWER BUSINESS JUST NORTH OF HWY 82 WAS
COMPLETELY DESTROYED WITH ROOFING DEBRIS AND LAWNMOWER PARTS THROWN TO THE WEST AND
NORTH OF THE BUILDING LOCATION. A BRICK HOME SEVERAL HUNDRED YARDS FROM THE LAWNMOWER
BUSINESS SUSTAINED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO ITS ROOF AND EXTERIOR WALLS. A METAL SHOP
BUILDING BUILT WITH LARGE METAL I BEAMS WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED. I BEAMS WERE
TWISTED AND THROWN IN A NORTHERLY AND WESTERLY DIRECTION UP TO 200 YARDS FROM
THE BUILDING LOCATION WITH CONCRETE STILL ATTACHED. THE TREES BETWEEN THE LARGE
METAL BUILDING AND THE INTERSTATE WERE UPROOTED OR SNAPPED IN A CONVERGENT
PATTERN...INDICATIVE OF TORNADIC WINDS.
IN TOTAL 12 STRUCTURES WERE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED BETWEEN HWY 82 AND THE INTERSTATE AND
NUMEROUS TREES WERE DESTROYED. 3 TRACTOR TRAILORS WERE FLIPPED ON INTERSTATE 30 SHUTTING
DOWN PART OF THE INTERSTATE AND INJURING ONE.
FURTHER SOUTH OF HWY 82 ON THE LONESTAR ARMY AMMUNITION DEPOT...NUMEROUS TREES WERE
SNAPPED OR UPROOTED AND DAMAGE TO PARTS OF THE DEPOT WERE REPORTED...ALTHOUGH IT WAS NOT
SURVEYED. NORTH OF INTERSTATE 30 ALONG THE SERVICE ROAD...AN OUTBUILDING SALES BUSINESS
LOST SEVERAL BUILDINGS AND HAD MANY OTHERS DAMAGED...INCLUDING ONE THAT WAS DISPLACED A
QUARTER MILE TO THE NORTHEAST. ALONG FM 2253...NUMEROUS TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED
ON EITHER SIDE OF THE ROAD AND SEVERAL SHEDS AND BARNS WERE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. A
GREENHOUSE WAS SEVERELY DAMAGED NEAR THE END OF THE TRACK 1.8 MILES NORTH OF INTERSTATE
30 AND A COUPLE OF TREES WERE UPROOTED OR SNAPPED. SOME HOMES WERE ALSO DAMAGED FROM
Radar animation of the Leary Texas Tornado on April 10,2008.
The tornado appears to have formed along the left front
entrance of a rear flank downdraft in between the 1312 UTC and 1317 UTC radar scans
A map of the track.
The only EF2 damage occurred between Interstate 30 south to hwy 82 which is less
than a half mile.
A brick house that sustained significant damage
the lawnmower shop just north of hwy 82 was completely destroyed. the walls
were made of brick and cinderbloc and the wood fram roof was strewn for about a hundred
approximately 12 buildings including 5 homes were damaged between Interstate 30
and hwy 82. Several outbuildings were comepletely destroyed.