NWS to survey storm damage in east Texas

Saul Bowman
April 18, 2018

The National Weather Service out of Jackson, MS submitted survey results on Sunday confirming three tornadoes in far South Arkansas. Paul International Airport, where two runways were open but almost 13 inches of snow combined with strong winds were making it hard to keep the runways open and the planes de-iced, spokesman Patrick Hogan said.

The damage caused by the tornado caused Governor Ralph Northam to declare a state of emergency Monday. If they determine the damage was done by a tornado, they will also determine the estimated wind speed and EF rating of the tornado. The tornado dissipated roughly 1/4 mile east of CR 215. Numerous trees were uprooted and several pines were snapped off. In Austin, fire officials said strong winds helped spread the flames after lightning struck and badly damaged two houses. According to National Weather Service records, this is the first time a tornado has been confirmed in the county.

Guilford County schools were closed Monday because of damage.

The American Redcross said 10 homes were damaged in Lexington County and eight in Fairfield County. It was given an EF-0 rating with estimated winds of 65-85 miles per hour. It was issued until 7:15 p.m.

The worst of the snow was focused on the upper Great Lakes, with Green Bay, Wisconsin, seeing its second largest snowstorm ever after 23.2 inches fell as of Sunday afternoon, the National Weather Service said.

The way that they determine the strength of the tornado is with the Enhanced Fujita scale.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - On Friday evening and into the overnight hours, Arkansas was rocked with severe weather. On Saturday, the storm caused the cancellation of almost 470 flights at the airport.

A tornado ripped through Mountainburg. The tornado damage began near Saddlebrook Road, then continued north-northeast, ending along Kenwood Drive just before John Preston Drive.

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