Damage estimated at almost $2.7 million after Copperas Cove tornado

The EF-2 tornado left a trail of damage. (Photo by Chelsea Edwards)
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COPPERAS COVE, Texas (KWTX) A preliminary assessment Monday by the Building Officials Association of Texas (BOAT) Disaster Response Team sets damage from an EF-2 tornado that touched down on June 9 in Copperas Cove at $2,680,875, Deputy Fire Chief Gary Young said in a press release Wednesday.

The preliminary assessment does not guarantee any reimbursement and the damage estimate is subject to change, Young said.

“Information that a property owner may receive from their insurance company will prevail in all circumstances,” he said.

The findings of the assessment will be reported to the state, he said.

The 500-yard-wide tornado with peak winds of about 115 miles per hour touched down at 5:24 p.m. near the intersection of Grimes Crossing Road and Big Divide Road three miles west-northwest of Copperas Cove and traveled almost 1.6 miles before dissipating at 5:28 p.m. two miles west of Copperas Cove, a National Weather Service report says.

The tornado moved to the south-southeast, "producing significant shingle, tree and ancillary structural damage to numerous residences in the neighborhoods straddling Big Divide Road," the report says.

The tornado stripped portions of the roofs off of several homes and uprooted several large trees, the report says.

Most of the damage along the tornado's path was consistent with EF-0 or EF-1 intensity winds and the tornado contracted to about 100 yards in width before it moved up a wooded hillside and dissipated near the intersection of Veterans Avenue and Stewart Street, the report said.