NWS confirms two (2) tornadoes struck Denton County on Tuesday
Damage assessment teams with the US National Weather Service in Fort Worth have surveyed damage from Tuesday evening’s storms and confirmed two (2) tornadoes from the storm.
The first tornado was rated a low-end EF-1 tornado with estimated peak winds of 90MPH. The tornado initially formed in an open pasture approximately 1.2 miles east of southeast Justin, snapping small trees. The tornado moved northeastward, crossing Denton Creek immediately east of the FM 407 bridge over the stream. In this heavily forested bottomland, numerous large trees were snapped and twisted approximately 25-50 feet off the ground. Winds along this portion of the path were estimated at 85-90MPH. The tornado continued northeastward, uprooting or snapping several trees along FM 407 before crossing the roadway near the entrance to the Northridge Estates subdivision in Northlake. Some homes in the neighborhood sustained minor roof and tree damage. The tornado dissipated shortly after entering the subdivision.
The second tornado formed on the east side of the Texas Woman’s University (TWU) campus in Denton, initially producing some minor tree damage behind Jones Hall. Moving northeastward, the tornado uprooted several large trees along the edge of the TWU golf course before crossing University Drive. The track continued northeastward through heavily wooded neighborhoods in northeast Denton, snapping or uprooting numerous trees. Several large trees fell on homes and vehicles resulting in significant property damage. This tornado crossed Loop 288 and caused some minor tree damage before dissipating near the intersection of Sherman Drive and Hartlee Fields Road. During the vast majority of its lifetime, the tornado produced EF-0 damage; however, tree damage at a couple of locations, particularly just south of University Drive, was consistent with low-end EF-1 intensity winds.