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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AUSTIN/SAN ANTONIO TX
515 PM CDT THU MAR 24 2022

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 03/21/22 TORNADO EVENT...


.ROUND ROCK - GRANGER...

RATING:                 EF2
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    135 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  29.29 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   500 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               16

START DATE:             03/21/2022
START TIME:             05:54 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         1 NNW WELLS BRANCH / TRAVIS COUNTY / TX
START LAT/LON:          30.4632 / -97.6845

END DATE:               03/21/2022
END TIME:               06:35 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           4 ESE BARTLETT / WILLIAMSON COUNTY / TX
END LAT/LON:            30.7696 / -97.3612

SURVEY SUMMARY:

THE ROUND ROCK - GRANGER TORNADO WAS A LONG LIVED TORNADO THAT 
STARTED JUST SOUTHWEST OF THE I-35/I-45 INTERCHANGE.  TOUCHDOWN 
WAS FOUND NEAR THE SILVERSTONE SUBDIVISION WITH WEAK EF0
DAMAGE...SHINGLES OFF ROOFS AND FENCES BLOWN DOWN. THE
TORNADO QUICKLY STRENGTHENED TO EF1 AS IT CONTINUED TO CROSS A  
RESIDENTIAL AREA AND BUSINESS PARK WHERE A SECTION OF ROOF WAS 
LIFTED OFF A WAREHOUSE BUILDING AND TIPPED OVER SEVERAL EMPTY 
SEMI-TRAILERS. SEVERAL TREES WERE SNAPPED AND AIR CONDITIONING UNITS
WERE BLOWN OFF THE ROOFS OF SEVERAL BUILDINGS. THE TORNADO CROSSED 
THE I-35/I-45 INTERSECTION AND ENTERED A LARGE RETAIL SHOPPING 
CENTER WHERE ROOF AND WINDOW DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED TO SEVERAL BUSINESSES.

STILL AN EF1, THE TORNADO CROSSED DELL WAY AND ENTERED 
THE WINDY TERRACE AND GREENLAWN PLACE NEIGHBORHOODS.  WIDESPREAD
TREE AND ROOF DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED TO MULTIPLE HOMES, A FEW LOST THEIR
ENTIRE ROOF INDICATING THE TORNADO HAD STRENGTHENED BRIEFLY TO EF2.
THE TORNADO LIKELY WEAKENED A BIT BEFORE REGAINING EF2 STRENGTH AS
IT MOVED NORTHEAST AND CROSSED GATTIS SCHOOL ROAD WHERE SUBSTANTIAL
ROOF DAMAGE WAS SHOWN ON SOME HOMES NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF GATTIS
SCHOOL ROAD AND WINDY PARK DRIVE.  THE CLAY MADSEN REC CENTER AND 
THE ADJACENT PLAYING FIELDS SUSTAINED DAMAGE AS WELL.  IT CROSSED 
A.W.GRIMES BLVD. AND ENTERED THE SOUTH CREEK NEIGHBORHOOD WHERE TREE
AND ROOF DAMAGE WAS ONCE AGAIN OBSERVED ACROSS MANY STREETS UNTIL IT
EXITED THE NEIGHBORHOOD AT BRUSHY CREEK.  BEFORE CROSSING HIGHWAY 79
THE TORNADO MADE SLIGHT RIGHT TURN AND STARTED TO PARALLEL THE 
SOUTH SIDE OF HIGHWAY 79 AND MOVED THROUGH THE PARKING LOT OF THE 
KALAHARI RESORT WHERE MULTIPLE VEHICLES WERE DAMAGED, TREES BLOWN
DOWN, AND SOME WINDOWS OF THE RESORT WERE BROKEN FROM FLYING DEBRIS.
THE TORNADO WAS LIKELY AT HIGH END EF1 STRENGTH WHEN IT FOLLOWED 
BRUSHY CREEK INTO THE FOREST BLUFF NEIGHBORHOOD OFF RED BUD LANE. 
TREES WERE BLOWN DOWN ALONG THE CREEK AND SEVERAL HOMES SUSTAINED
ROOF DAMAGE WHERE LARGE SECTIONS OF ROOF WERE BLOWN OFF THE HOUSE. 
THE TORNADO CROSSED RED BUD LANE AND DAMAGED A FEW BUSINESSES AT THE 
RED BUD LANE AND CR123 INTERSECTION.  

SHORTLY AFTER CROSSING HIGHWAY 79 EAST OF RED BUD LN, THE TORNADO
PRODUCED EF1 DAMAGE TO AN INDUSTRIAL PARK COMPLEX TO NUMEROUS METAL
WAREHOUSE BUILDINGS. THE TORNADO THEN WEAKENED AND CONTINUED TO THE
NORTHEAST FOR NEARLY 5 MILES PRODUCING MINOR EF0 DAMAGE TO
RESIDENTIAL ROOFS, TREES, AND SIGNS. SEVERAL HOMES UNDER CONSTRUCTION
WITH ONLY VISIBLE STUDS OFF OF FM1660 COLLAPSED. AS THE TORNADO
APPROACHED CHANDLER ROAD NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH CR 101, THE
INTENSITY OF THE TORNADO INCREASED AGAIN WITH EF1 DAMAGE OBSERVED TO
A LARGE METAL BUILDING SYSTEM WITH SECTIONS OF THE ROOF PEELED AWAY.
ADDITIONAL EF1 DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED TO A STABLE ON A PROPERTY NEAR THE
SAN GABRIEL RIVER WITH SUBSTANTIAL TREE DAMAGE AS WELL. AS THE
TORNADO NEARED CR337, EF2 DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED TO A HOME ON PIERS AS
THE ROOF, MOST EXTERIOR WALLS, AND SOME INTERIOR WALLS FAILED AND
WERE MOVED AWAY FROM THE PROPERTY. EF1 DAMAGE THEN CONTINUED AS THE
TORNADO AFFECTED MORE HOMES AND METAL SYSTEM BUILDINGS AS THE TORNADO
CROSSED HIGHWAY 95 AND CR345. SIGNIFICANT EF2 DAMAGE OCCURRED TO A
RESIDENTIAL HOME NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF CR347 AND CR346. THE
TORNADO THEN PRODUCED EF1 DAMAGE TO TREES, POWER POLES, AND A FEW
STRUCTURES AS IT CROSSED CR348, FM971, CR352, AND CR357 BEFORE
EXITING WILLIAMSON COUNTY AND ENTERING BELL COUNTY.

THE MAXIMUM WIDTH OF THE TORNADO AND ITS DAMAGE PATH WAS ROUGHLY 500 
YARDS WITH MAXIMUM WINDS AT 135 MPH, THE HIGH END OF EF2. MOST OF THE
29 MILE LONG TRACK HOWEVER WAS AT EF1 STRENGTH. THERE ARE REPORTS OF 
A TOTAL OF 16 INJURIES, MOST OF WHICH WERE MINOR. THERE HAVE BEEN NO
REPORTED FATALITIES WITH THIS TORNADO.

FOR INFORMATION ON THIS TORNADO AS IT MOVED INTO BELL COUNTY, PLEASE
REFER TO THE PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE FORT WORTH NWS 
OFFICE.

&&

EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO THE
FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

EF0...WEAK......65 TO 85 MPH
EF1...WEAK......86 TO 110 MPH
EF2...STRONG....111 TO 135 MPH
EF3...STRONG....136 TO 165 MPH
EF4...VIOLENT...166 TO 200 MPH
EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH

NOTE:
THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN NWS
STORM DATA.

$$

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