National Weather Service releases preliminary information about Saturday's EF-3 tornado

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FRANKLIN, Tex. (KBTX) - Robertson County EOC Coordinator Billy Huggins says 55 homes are destroyed, one church, four businesses and a duplex.

The Church or Christ building that was under construction was destroyed.

A boil advisory remains in effect for the south side of Franklin.

4,000 people remain without power, which will likely take at least 72 hours to be restored.

There are a dozen people staying in the shelter at the First Baptist Church and anyone needing food or supplies should come to the church for assistance.

Lara Thibodeaux with the Franklin clinic says they are assisting residents who may have lost prescription medications in the tornado and those needing immediate assistance should call the EOC or come to the shelter at the First Baptist Church.

She says she has treated a variety of cuts, bruises and strains.

Fuel and supplies are available at the Mud Creek Country Store in Franklin which does have power and adequate supplies, as well as, Loves in Hearne.

Volunteers are asked to call and register before coming to town and they will be contacted as needed.

Huggins says all donation needs have been met and they appreciate the support they have received.

Anyone needing assistance or wishing to volunteer needs to call the EOC at 979-828-6680

The sheriff reports no overnight incidents. Another update will be provided in a 5:00 p.m. news briefing.

FROM NWS, PREVIOUS REPORT.

The National Weather Service has released preliminary information about Saturday's EF-3 tornado that damaged parts of Robertson and Leon Counties.

Below is just the initial observations and assessments from storm surveys conducted Saturday evening. Complete and detailed information is expected over the next few days.


Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Fort Worth TX
1100 PM CDT Sat Apr 13 2019

...Preliminary Storm Survey Conducted for Tornado Damage Near Franklin in Robertson County Texas...

Saturday evening, the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth, Texas conducted an initial storm survey of damage in and around the city of Franklin, in Robertson County Texas. The survey was in relation to a severe supercell thunderstorm that moved through Milam, Robertson, Leon and southern Anderson Counties earlierin the day Saturday.

The most significant damage encountered by the NWS team today was in the city of Franklin. Within a two-block long corridor on the south side of Franklin, the team confirmed EF-3 intensity tornado damage at 2 residential locations. Peak wind speeds at these sites were estimated at 140 mph. A number of additional structures on the south side of Franklin exhibited EF-1 and EF-2 intensity damage.

The NWS team was able to determine that this tornado first formed near the Brazos River in extreme western Robertson County, approximately 5 miles northwest of Hearne, Texas. The tornado moved east northeastward, crossing US Highway 6 approximately 4.5 miles north of Hearne. EF-1 damage was identified at one structure near this highway crossing, and considerable tree damageconsistent with EF-1 intensity tornadic winds were observed along the highway right of way. The tornado remained on the ground from Highway 6 eastward to Franklin.

The NWS is aware of additional damage from Franklin, northeastward through New Baden and Easterly in eastern Robertson County, to near Marquez in Leon County. Further reports of damage were also received elsewhere in Leon County County. Additional surveys will be made by the NWS in in the next 2 days, to determine the exact dimensions and intensity of the tornado track.

A final assessment, including results of the survey are expected to be completed and transmitted via a detailed, fully formatted Public Information Statement by Monday, April 15th.