National Weather Service releases preliminary information about Saturday's EF-3 tornado

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FRANKLIN, Tex. (KBTX) - The National Weather Service has released preliminary information about Saturday's EF-3 tornado that damaged parts of Robertson and Leon Counties.

Below is just the initial observations and assessments from storm surveys conducted Saturday evening. Complete and detailed information is expected over the next few days.


Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Fort Worth TX
1100 PM CDT Sat Apr 13 2019

...Preliminary Storm Survey Conducted for Tornado Damage Near Franklin in Robertson County Texas...

Saturday evening, the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth, Texas conducted an initial storm survey of damage in and around the city of Franklin, in Robertson County Texas. The survey was in relation to a severe supercell thunderstorm that moved through Milam, Robertson, Leon and southern Anderson Counties earlierin the day Saturday.

The most significant damage encountered by the NWS team today was in the city of Franklin. Within a two-block long corridor on the south side of Franklin, the team confirmed EF-3 intensity tornado damage at 2 residential locations. Peak wind speeds at these sites were estimated at 140 mph. A number of additional structures on the south side of Franklin exhibited EF-1 and EF-2 intensity damage.

The NWS team was able to determine that this tornado first formed near the Brazos River in extreme western Robertson County, approximately 5 miles northwest of Hearne, Texas. The tornado moved east northeastward, crossing US Highway 6 approximately 4.5 miles north of Hearne. EF-1 damage was identified at one structure near this highway crossing, and considerable tree damageconsistent with EF-1 intensity tornadic winds were observed along the highway right of way. The tornado remained on the ground from Highway 6 eastward to Franklin.

The NWS is aware of additional damage from Franklin, northeastward through New Baden and Easterly in eastern Robertson County, to near Marquez in Leon County. Further reports of damage were also received elsewhere in Leon County County. Additional surveys will be made by the NWS in in the next 2 days, to determine the exact dimensions and intensity of the tornado track.

A final assessment, including results of the survey are expected to be completed and transmitted via a detailed, fully formatted Public Information Statement by Monday, April 15th.