Three tornadoes have been confirmed in North Texas for March 7-8 by the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. In a release Tuesday, the NWS said that severe thunderstorms moved through North Texas in the evening hours of March 7. A squall line moved through north and central Texas in the morning hours of March 8. Although primary severe weather reports and damage were caused by straight line winds, a few embedded tornadoes were observed.
The weather service said the first tornado was located near Cool in western Parker County. That storm was reported to be fairly wide and produced a path of damage of approximately two miles. Several homes were reported destroyed or damaged along and just north of Highway 180.
The NWS ranked this event as an EF-1 with estimated wind peaks of 95-105 mph. No injuries were reported.
The second tornado occurred in Stephenville, starting in the city near Highway 377 and moving north to northeast. The Stephenville tornado damaged several businesses and caused heavy damage to an apartment complex south of Washington Street. Additionally, several other areas received damage caused by what the weather service described as a large swath of 80-90 mph straight line winds.
The Stephenville tornado was ranked by the NWS as as EF-1 with estimated wind peaks of 90-100 mph. One injury was reported.
The third in the report was located east of Tolar. Six manufactured homes received heavy damage and two injuries were reported. This storm was an EF-1 as well and winds of 85-95 mph were reported.
According to the Enhanced Fujita Scale, EF-1 tornadoes are classified as weak categorically and include wind speeds of 86-110 mph.
Other tornadic events have been reported since the initial release from the NWS and will be posted by them as they become available.