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The warming trend will continue through tonight as an upper level ridge builds overhead. High temperatures today will climb into the mid and upper 70s, while tonight's low should remain in the 55 to 60 degree range. Otherwise, breezy conditions can be expected, with south to southeast winds increasing to 15-20 MPH.
The threat for very heavy rainfall and flooding will increase across all of North Texas Monday through Wednesday of next week. A slow moving upper low will combine with a stalled frontal boundary and copious amounts of moisture to produce several days of rain and thunderstorms. Many areas will see 2-4" of rain with heavier amounts possible.
A dryline will move into the region Sunday afternoon and will likely help a few storms develop. Any storms that develop would have the potential to be severe with mainly a large hail threat. Most of this activity is expected to remain west of I-35.
We will have a SKYWARN Basic Class on Thursday, March 22nd in Gun Barrel City (Henderson County). The class will be from 7 pm to 9 pm. Classes are free and registration is not required! We hope to see you there!

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Ellis County Tornadoes: April 16, 2002
Preliminary Information

The National Weather Service conducted a survey of the damage in Ellis county from a storm that affected the area on Tuesday evening April 16th. It was determined that a total of three tornadoes occurred.

Tornado Track Map through Ellis County.The first tornado touched down at 731 pm about 3.5 miles northwest of Maypearl on Orzo Road where a large storage shed was destroyed. The tornado moved northeast crossing Farm Road 157. In this area several homes had mostly minor roof damage with one home losing nearly all of its shingles. Several trees were either damaged or uprooted and a few storage buildings were destroyed. Picture of roof damage north of Mayperl.To the east on Campbell Road the tin roof of a horse stable was blown off and a wooden beam was driven into the ground. The tornado had a broad circulation with a width of about 500 yards. Path length was approximately 1 mile and this tornado was rated F1 on the Fujita scale. Winds were estimated at 80 mph.

The second tornado touched down at approximately 750 pm about 6 miles northeast of Maypearl on Hoyt Road just north of Buena Vista road. A large awning from a mobile home was ripped off and thrown several hundred feet into a metal fence. That portion of the fence was damaged by the impact but other portions of the fence were downed by high winds as well. There was also considerable tree damage in a localized area. This tornado was rated F0 with wind speeds estimated at 70 mph. It had a path length of 1/3 mile and a path width of 75 yards.

The final tornado was reported by spotters and Texas Department of Public Safety officials at 801 pm at mile marker 394 on interstate 35 south of Waxahachie. Two tractor trailers were overturned. This tornado has been rated F0.

The National Weather Service staff in Fort Worth will continue to evaluate the data and reports from this storm. Any additional findings will be included in later public information statements.