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

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

.ELGIN...

RATING:                 EF2
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    130 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  12.12 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   500 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               3

START DATE:             03/21/2022
START TIME:             06:30 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         6 NE GARFIELD / TRAVIS COUNTY / TX
START LAT/LON:          30.2524 / -97.4755

END DATE:               03/21/2022
END TIME:               06:50 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           3 ENE ELGIN / BASTROP COUNTY / TX
END LAT/LON:            30.3633 / -97.3214

SURVEY SUMMARY:
THE ELGIN TORNADO BEGAN ROUGHLY 9 MILES SOUTHWEST OF ELGIN NEAR
DRY CREEK ROAD AND UNION LEE CHURCH ROAD. THE TORNADO MOVED
NORTHEAST CROSSING UPPER ELGIN RIVER ROAD, BALCH ROAD, YOUNGS
PRAIRIE ROAD, AND CROOKED HOLLOW ROAD. SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE WAS
OBSERVED THROUGH THIS REGION TO MANY HOMES. THIS INCLUDED THE
DESTRUCTION OF MULTIPLE MOBILE HOMES, SIGNIFICANT ROOF DAMAGE TO
NUMEROUS SLAB HOMES, TWO HOMES HAVING THEIR SECOND STORY
DESTROYED, NUMEROUS LARGE TREE LIMBS, TREE TRUNKS, AND POWER POLES
SNAPPED, BARNS DESTROYED, AND A LARGE ELECTRICAL TRANSMISSION
TOWER TOPPLED. POCKETS OF HIGH END EF-2 DAMAGE OCCURRED THROUGH
THIS REGION.

THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST, CROSSING MONKEY ROAD, FARM TO
MARKET 1704, HIGHWAY 95, AND U.S. 290 PRODUCING DAMAGE TO ROOFS 
OF SLAB HOMES, MOBILE HOMES, TREES, AND POWER POLES. DAMAGE
THROUGH THIS REGION WAS GENERALLY RATED EF-1.

AS THE TORNADO REACHED U.S. 290 IT PRODUCED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO
A METAL FRAMED BUSINESS, BUCKLING THE ROOF PURLINS AND COLLAPSING
IN THE SOUTH FACING WALL. THE TORNADO THEN ROLLED AN ADJACENT 
MOBILE HOME INTO AND PARTIALLY ON TOP OF THE SOUTH FACING WALL OF
ANOTHER METAL FRAMED BUSINESS. THREE INDIVIDUALS IN THE MOBILE 
HOME WERE INJURED. DAMAGE TO THE BUSINESS AND MOBILE HOME WAS ON 
THE ORDER OF HIGH END EF-1 TO LOW END EF-2.

AS THE TORNADO CROSSED U.S. 290 A MOVING PICKUP TRUCK WAS ROLLED 
ONTO ITS SIDE, SPUN AROUND 360 DEGREES, AND ROLLED BACK UPRIGHT 
WHERE THE DRIVER CONTINUE DOWN THE ROAD. SEVERAL POWER POLES WERE
ALSO DAMAGED ALONG U.S. 290.

AS THE TORNADO CONTINUE NORTHEAST A MOBILE HOME WAS COMPLETELY 
DESTROYED OFF OLD MCDADE ROAD. FROM THERE THE TORNADO GRADUALLY 
WEAKENED AND DISSIPATED ROUGHLY 3 MILES EAST-NORTHEAST OF ELGIN, 
NEAR OLD LEXINGTON ROAD. 

AS OF THIS WRITING 109 RESIDENCES AND ONE BUSINESS WERE REPORTED
DAMAGED. OF THOSE, 32 RESIDENCES WERE CLASSIFIED AS MAJOR DAMAGE
AND 20 RESIDENCES AND ONE BUSINESS WERE REPORTED AS DESTROYED.

&&

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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