Tornado confirmed in Mason and McCulloch counties

A team from the National Weather Service in San Angelo surveyed damages caused by an EF-1 tornado that hit McCulloch and Mason counties Wednesday. (Courtesy photo: NWSSA Facebook page)

A tornado that touched down this week in McCulloch and Mason counties has been classified as an EF-1 by a team from the National Weather Service in San Angelo.   “It’s just short of an EF-2 by four miles.” NWS meteorologist Patrick Doll said. “We’re calling it marginally strong.”

Damage to the area was widespread, Doll said, but no injuries have been reported. Data from the storm, as well as graphics and photos, are being compiled by the NWS and will be available later Thursday.

“Everyone we spoke to, thankfully, had received their warnings on their phones.” he said.

Doll was among the members of the team who surveyed the damage Wednesday. He said there was a single-level ranch-style home in the area that received major damage. The family who lived in the home knew a storm was coming and were able to seek shelter before it hit.

The home received damage from the winds that were estimated at 95-110 mph. Doll said that most of the area’s damage was to black oak trees in the path of the storm.  In some trees, the limbs were sheared off and approximately 80 percent of the trees were “shaved.” Some were snapped.

Doll said one of the factors that storm teams surveying damage look at to determine whether a tornado has occurred is orientation of debris. In the case of this supercell, the debris showed there was a tornado.

“We found a convergent path.” he said.