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Severe Thunderstorm Threat Over The Eastern U.S., Critical Fire Weather Likely Over The Southwest

A cold front will bring the threat for scattered strong to severe thunderstorms from the Mid Atlantic to New England into Saturday morning. Some of the storms could produce damaging winds and locally heavy rainfall. Dangerously hot and dry conditions will persist over the Desert Southwest this weekend. Critical fire weather conditions likely. Read More >

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE, NM
712 PM MDT WED MAR 13 2019

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 3/12/2019 TORNADO EVENT...

.OVERVIEW...
JUST BEFORE 6 PM MDT ON TUESDAY, MARCH 12TH A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN 
CHAVES COUNTY, ABOUT 15 MILES SOUTH SOUTHEAST OF DEXTER. THE TORNADO 
MOVED NORTH NORTHEAST FOR APPROXIMATELY 15 MINUTES, AND EVENTUALLY 
DISSIPATED ABOUT ONE HALF MILE NORTHEAST OF THE COMMUNITY OF DEXTER.
SIX PEOPLE SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES, AND SIX HOMES WERE SUBSTANTIALLY
DAMAGED OR COMPLETELY DESTROYED. AN ADDITIONAL DOZEN HOMES AND 
STRUCTURES ALSO SUSTAINED MINOR TO MODERATE DAMAGE.

.DEXTER TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-2
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    111 - 135 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  15 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   150 - 350 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               6

START DATE:             MAR 12 2019 
START TIME:             0555 PM MDT
START LOCATION:         15 SSE DEXTER / CHAVES COUNTY / NM
START LAT/LON:          33.0010 / -104.4402

END DATE:               MAR 12 2019
END TIME:               0610 PM MDT
END LOCATION:           0.5 NE DEXTER / CHAVES COUNTY / NM
END_LAT/LON:            33.2104 / -104.3603

SURVEY_SUMMARY: A DAMAGE SURVEY WAS COMPLETED TODAY IN CHAVES COUNTY.
THIS WAS THE FIRST MARCH TORNADO DOCUMENTED IN CHAVES COUNTY SINCE 
1959, AND THE EARLIEST KNOWN EF1 OR STRONGER TORNADO IN THE STATE OF
NEW MEXICO. THE LAST EF2 TORNADO IN NEW MEXICO OCCURRED ON MAY 23,
2012.

EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO
THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES.

EF0...WEAK......65 TO 85 MPH
EF1...WEAK......86 TO 110 MPH
EF2...STRONG....111 TO 135 MPH
EF3...STRONG....136 TO 165 MPH
EF4...VIOLENT...166 TO 200 MPH
EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH

NOTE:
THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN
NWS STORM DATA.