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A Dense Fog Advisory is in effect until 9 AM for the counties shaded in gray. Visibilities of under 1/4 mile at times are expected, and this will lead to hazardous driving conditions. Slow down, and use your low-beam headlights if you encounter areas of dense fog this morning.
Strong to severe thunderstorms will be possible this morning . The initial threat will be from large hail, but as the storms move east and encounters better moisture, instability and wind shear, the threat for damaging winds and even a few tornadoes will increase. Some heavy rainfall and flooding will also be possible.
A Flood Watch is in effect through noon today in the light green shaded counties and through 4 PM in the dark green shaded counties. Additional rainfall accumulations of one to two inches (locally higher) can be expected. Soils are saturated across North Texas, and any additional rainfall will result in rapid runoff, likely leading to flooding.
Join us to our next SKYWARN Class on Saturday February 24th from 9 AM through 4 PM in Denton, TX. . We will host both Basic and Advanced classes at the Texas Woman's University (Margo Jones Performance Hall). Classes are FREE and there is no registration needed. We will see you there!

 
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April 3rd 2012 Severe Weather Outbreak

Kennedale/Arlington Tornado

Meteorologists from the National Weather Service in Fort Worth have given portions of the Kennedale/Arlington damage a preliminary rating of EF-2, with estimated wind speeds up to 135 mph.  The tornado had a path length of 4.6 miles and a maximum width of 150 yards.  Additional information will be added to this page as it becomes available.

…Preliminary findings from the Kennedale/Arlington storm surveys…

On Wednesday, April 4, 2012, a crew from the National Weather Service in Fort Worth surveyed the damaged areas in the Kennedale and Arlington areas in Tarrant County.

The finding was that a tornado occurred in Kennedale and Arlington on April 3, 2012. The tornado has been given a rating of EF-2 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. The maximum path width was 150 yards, with an estimated path length of 4.6 miles and estimated maximum
wind speeds of 135 mph.

The damage started in Kennedale east of North Little Road and north of Swiney Hiett Road. Damage to residences was noted north of Sublett Rd on Fawn Meadow Trail. The tornado tracked north northeast and crossed Highway 287 and then crossed Interstate 20 between Kelly
Elliott Road and Green Oaks Blvd. The tornado moved north from Interstate 20 with EF-2 damage noted to several residential structures on Haverford Dr. and Thorncliffe Dr. The damage path continued north and crossed little road near Timber Green Dr. The damage path then turned to the northwest and then west across Chaperito trail where the Green Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center suffered damage. The damage path continued to the west before ending just east of the shores of Lake Arlington along Waterview Drive.

Kennedale/Arlington Tornado

   

Tornado Damage in Arlington, Texas
This is an aerial photograph of a tornado damaged area in Arlington TX. 
The damage from the tornado that affected Kennedale and Arlington 
on April 3, 2012 has been given a preliminary rating of EF-2. 
The photo was taken on Wednesday, April 4, looking to the east.

 

Tornado Damage in Arlington, Texas
This is a photo of EF-2 damage of a single family residence in the 
Arlington area between I-20 and Pleasant Ridge Road about 1/2 mile east of 
Green Oaks Boulevard. We estimate that 135 mph winds caused the 
exterior walls to collapse.

Tornado Damage in Arlington, Texas
This is a photo taken the morning of April 4 by one of our storm survey teams of 
EF-1 damage to residential house roofs in the Arlington/Kennedale area...
near US 287 about 1.3 miles south of I-20.