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Here's our latest thinking on storm timing Late Saturday PM into Early Sunday AM. Storms will initially start out to the northwest in the early to late evening hours on Saturday. Initial storms may pose a tornado and hail risk, but the primary hazard will be damaging winds. Thereafter, they will likely grow upscale into a line of storms, resulting in mostly a damaging wind threat. There will be an enhanced threat for brief spin-up tornadoes within the line as well as the potential for an enhanced hail and tornado threat IF storms can develop ahead of the line. For midnight and beyond, most activity should be in the form of a squall line promoting a continued risk for damaging winds. Brief spin up tornadoes cannot be completely ruled out as well as a threat for hail.
It will be mostly cloudy tonight with isolated showers possible late along and east of the I-35 corridor. Lows will be in the mid 60s to lower 70s. Winds will be southeast at 10 to 20 mph with some gusts up to 30 mph possible.
We'll have mostly cloudy skies Saturday. Some showers are possible in the morning southeast of a Lampasas to Paris line. Isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible during the afternoon. IF the cap breaks, a few storms could become severe producing hail larger than 1 inch in diameter and wind gusts over 60 mph. Otherwise, cloud to ground lightning will accompany any storms that develop.
The strong cold front will sweep through the southeastern parts of the region by mid morning Sunday. The chances of showers and thunderstorms will be ending from northwest to southeast during the morning across most of North and Central Texas but some low chances will linger into early afternoon east of a Bonham to Temple line. Severe thunderstorms will be possible ahead of the front. It will be breezy behind the front with north winds 15 to 25 mph. Highs will be in the 70s.

 
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April 3rd 2012 Severe Weather Outbreak

Forney Tornado

Meteorologists from the National Weather Service in Fort Worth have given portions of the damage in Forney a preliminary rating of EF-3, with estimated wind speeds up to 150 mph.  The tornado had a path length of 8 miles and a maximum width of 150 yards.  Additional information will be added to this page as it becomes available.

...Preliminary findings from the Kaufman, Rockwall and Hunt County surveys...

On Wednesday, April 4, 2012, a crew from the National Weather Service in Fort Worth surveyed the damaged areas in the Forney and Royse City areas in Kaufman, Rockwall, and Hunt Counties.

The findings were that two tornadoes affected the area.

The first tornado remained in Kaufman County throughout its time on the ground and initially touched down near Forney southwest of Highway 80. This tornado produced damage consistent with an EF-3 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. The maximum path width was about 150 yards with an estimated path length of 8 miles. The maximum wind speeds are estimated to have been at 150 mph. The most intense damage associated with this tornado occurred in the Diamond Creek subdivision northeast of Forney. Two homes were completely destroyed in this subdivision and several others were heavily damaged. As the tornado moved north-northeast through the subdivision it produced damage primarily to the roof of Crosby Elementary school. There were also several vehicles damaged in the schools parking lot, one of which was lofted approximately 300 yards away from the school and found in a field to the northeast. No fatalities or serious injuries were reported with this tornado.

Forney Tornado

The second tornado touched down just southwest of Farm to Market road 548 near Bent Road in Rockwall County. This tornado moved northeast into Hunt County and lifted north of Highway 276 just across the Hunt County line. This tornado produced damage consistent with a strong EF-2 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. The maximum path width was about 400 yards with an estimated path length of 3.1 miles. 

Damage associated with this tornado began in the subdivision near the intersection of Farm to Market Road 548 and Bent Road. One home was mostly destroyed within the subdivision and several others sustained heavy damage. The tornado continued its path to the northeast, damaging several homes along country manor road. The tornado continued its northeastward path through Rockwall County crossing State Highway 276 towards Hunt County. As it moved into Hunt County, it destroyed two mobile homes and damaged two others. The tornado caused heavy damage to another home in Hunt County before lifting.

Tornado Damage in Forney, Texas
This is a picture of EF-3 damage taken the morning of April 4 of
a residence in the Diamond Creek Subdivision in Forney, TX.
The damage occurred yesterday afternoon.

Tornado Damage in Forney, Texas
The NWS Survey Team took this photo of EF-3 damage
near the intersection of Ridgecrest and FM-548 in Forney, TX. 
All of the walls of a single family residence collapsed. This is tornado
damage from the Forney Tornado that occurred
Monday afternoon...April 3, 2012.