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NWS Confirms Powerful EF-3 Tornado in Dimmitt, Texas

16 Apr 2017, 2:31 pm

A powerful EF-3 tornado skirted a Texas town on Friday night, leading to damage to several homes and cars.

The National Weather Service (NWS) office in Lubbock, Texas surveyed the tornado damage on Saturday and determined that EF-3 damage, with maximum winds of 140 miles-per-hour (MPH) was responsible for several homes and cars sustaining significant damage.

Fortunately, no injuries were reported from the tornado.

The tornado moved through mostly rural portions of Castro County, Texas, about 50 miles southwest of Amarillo. That said, according to the NWS survey team, it skirted the west and northwest corner of the town of Dimmitt, home to slightly more than 4,000 people and the Castro County seat. According to the survey, the storm was on the ground for 20 minutes, a fairly unusually long time for tornadoes (they’re typically quite short-lived).

According to WeatherNation affiliate Fox 34 in Lubbock, one family narrowly escaped the twister unscathed on Friday night, riding out the storm in a basement as the tornado destroyed their home. Read more about their harrowing story here.

More storms are expected in the Texas panhandle on Monday and Tuesday, with a few potentially turning severe. While isolated tornadoes are possible, strong tornadoes like Friday’s aren’t expected to impact the region for the next few days. That said, as always, be sure to stay with WeatherNation for the latest on any severe weather that could move your way.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi – Featured photo credit: Sam Dienst, Twitter

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