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The severe weather threat will continue Sunday morning and then again Sunday afternoon and evening. In the morning, some strong to marginally severe storms capable of half to one inch diameter hail are possible north of I-20 near the Red River. Later in the afternoon, additional storms MAY develop ahead of a cold front, however, confidence in any storms developing is quite low at this time. IF storms do form, they would be capable of producing large hail and damaging wind gusts, and a tornado or two cannot be completely ruled out.
Elevated to critical fire weather conditions will return Sunday afternoon west of US-281 as a dryline mixes eastward. On Monday, at least an elevated threat will spread across all of North and Central Texas. A critical fire weather threat will exist, especially west of I-35 where the least rainfall is expected from this weekend's thunderstorms. However, the critical threat could expand across most of the region, depending on how much rain falls Saturday and Sunday.
With the threat for severe thunderstorms in the forecast today and on Sunday, it's a good time to think about severe weather safety and what to do when watches or warnings are issued.
We will have two SKYWARN Basic Class on Monday, March 19th. One in Graham (Young County) from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm and the second one in Copperas Cove (Coryell County) from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Classes are free and registration is not required! We hope to 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.