Several tornadoes ripped across northern Texas on April 3, 2012, causing serious damage to homes, vehicles and businesses. Fourteen tornadoes have been confirmed so far by the NWS Survey Teams.
So far, the tally of twisters is eight EF-0s, one EF-1, three EF-2s, one EF-3 and one more area that still needs to be assessed.
The EF-3 tornado struck near Forney, causing significant damage.
"Preliminary ratings of damage in the Diamond Creek Subdivision in Forney, TX suggest damage up to EF-3 occurred. Wind speeds are estimated to be up to 150 mph. Several homes in the subdivision were destroyed and many other homes were badly damaged," according to NWS Survey Teams.
An EF-2 tornado tore through 4.6 miles of Kennedale and Arlington with a path width of 150 yards.
Lancaster and Dallas were hit by and EF-2 tornado that touched down for 7.1 miles with a width of 200 miles.
"The tornado in Lancaster was a high end EF-2 with maximum wind speeds of 125 to 130 mph. 300 homes were damaged in Lancaster. Most of them were single-family 1 or 2 story residences. The survey team will be headed into the city of Dallas soon to continue the assessment," according to NWS Survey Teams.
Yet another EF-2 tornado ripped through Royse City, staying on the ground for 3.1 miles. The twister had a very large path width of 400 miles.
Southeast of Joshua, Texas, an EF-1 tornado touched down for 1.1 miles. Communities that were impacted by EF-0 tornadoes include: Greenville, Cumby, Sulphur Springs and Winnsboro, Grand Prairie and Irving, Texas.
An second tornado hit Dallas, causing EF-0 damage near Skyline High School.
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