While most of the damage yesterday morning was caused by straight-line winds, that wasn't the case in Washington County. According to the Houston-Galveston National Weather Service (NWS), an EF-0 tornado was confirmed just to the north of Brenham Municipal Airport on Wednesday morning.
Here is the statement the NWS released on their Facebook page early Thursday morning:
"Damage survey for the Brenham area is complete.
Straight line wind damage was observed within the town of Brenham
extending to areas along and east of FM 50 to near Independence.
This event was from approximately 700 am to 725 am. Winds were
estimated between 60 and 75 mph which downed powerlines and
numerous trees. The damage was sporadic and not continuous.
The associated line of storms also dropped a tornado down west of
County Road 50 just to the north of Brenham Municipal Airport and
traveled eastward to the intersection of FM 262 and County Road 65.
This tornado destroyed several metal outbuildings and removed the
roof from a barn. It also produced minor roof damage to a house
and snapped numerous large trees. This tornado was rated an EF-0
With estimated 85 mph winds. Damage path was 2.5 miles long and 50 yards wide.
Damage surveys are currently planned for Burleson...Madison...
Grimes and Walker Counties on Thursday."
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