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Scattered Thunderstorms Across the Eastern U.S. Today; Risk for Some Severe Thunderstorms and Flash Flooding

A cold front moving through the eastern U.S. will bring thunderstorms and heavy rainfall to that part of the country today, with localized flash flooding possible from the Northeast to the Deep South. Severe thunderstorms are possible across the Northeast and northern Mid-Atlantic. Out west, windy, dry conditions are keeping fire weather threats elevated. Read More >

A cold front will move through all of North and Central Texas today, resulting in mostly cloudy and cooler weather with scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms. Any storms that develop will be capable of heavy rainfall and lightning. Highs today will range from the lower 60s in the northwest to the middle 80s in the southeast. A north wind will develop behind the cold front between 10 and 20 mph along with some higher gusts.
Tonight (Wednesday night) will be mostly cloudy and much cooler with a few lingering showers. Overnight lows will range from the lower 50s in the northwest to the middle 60s in the southeast.
A gradual warm up is expected as we head into early October.There will be low shower chances generally Saturday through Tuesday. An isolated thunderstorm can't be ruled out. Highs will be in the lower and middle 80s with lows from the middle 60s to the lower 70s.

 
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April 3rd 2012 Severe Weather Outbreak

Lancaster/Dallas Tornado

Meteorologists from the National Weather Service in Fort Worth have given portions of the damage in Lancaster a preliminary rating of EF-2, with estimated wind speeds up to 130 mph. The tornado had a path length of 7.1 miles and a maximum width of 200 yards. Additional information will be added to this page as it becomes available.

…Preliminary Findings from the Lancaster/Dallas Storm Surveys…

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

The finding was that a tornado occured in Lancaster and continued into southern Dallas on April 3, 2012. The tornado has been given a rating of EF-2 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. The maximum path width was 200 yards, with an estimated path length of 7.1 miles and estimated wind speeds of 130 mph.

 The damage started east of the intersection of interstate 35E and Parkerville Road in Lancaster. There was intermittent damage throughout Lancaster as the tornado traveled several miles to the northeast. The most significant damage then occurred near the intersections of Wintergreen Road, Telephone Road and North Dallas Road. The damage path then continue to the north-northeast and crossed Interstate 20 where it caused significant damage to a trucking facility. The tornado continued a short distance to the north-northeast before lifting near the intersection of Bonnie View Road and Memory Lane in Dallas.

Lancaster/Dallas Tornado

   

Tornado Damage in Lancaster, Texas
This photo was taken by our Ellis/Dallas survey team near the intersection of Telephone Road and North Dallas Ave in Lancaster TX. It shows large sections of the roof on a single family residence were removed.

 

Tornado Damage
This photo was taken by a NWS Storm Survey team on April 4, 2012. It shows EF-2 tornado damage that occurred on April 3, 2012.

Tornado Damage in Lancaster, Texas
This photo was taken near the intersection of Pleasant Run Road and Rogers Ave in Lancaster. This photo shows damage to one and two story single family residences. Note the significant loss of roof and roof covering material and failure of the chimney.