A deadly outbreak of tornadoes struck North Texas the day after Christmas on December 26, 2015. A total of ten tornadoes impacted North Texas during the afternoon and evening hours. Some tornadoes became large and significant in northern Ellis and Dallas counties. The tornado that struck Garland produced EF-4 damage – the first EF4 or stronger tornado ever recorded in December in Texas. This outbreak unfortunately also became the deadliest December tornado outbreak in Texas history. Several victims were killed when the Garland tornado crossed Interstate 30. Two additional tornadoes occurred during the afternoon hours of December 27 in Northeast Texas. A strong tornado occurred just north of Marshall in Northeast Texas. We’ve compiled the damage surveys and associated track maps to this page. As further information becomes available we’ll update this post. Our prayers go out to those impacted by this event.

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December 26, 2015 Tornadoes

Public Information Statement…Updated
National Weather Service Fort Worth Tx
605 Pm Cst Tue Dec 29 2015

…Nws Damage Survey For December 26Th Tornado Event…

Update…Information Statement Has Been Updated To Reflect An
Additional Damage Path That Was Discovered By A Team Of Nws Fort
Worth Meteorologists Across North Central Collin County. This
Damage Path… Located Near The Community Of Farmersville…Was
Initially Thought To Be Associated With The Same Tornado That
Struck Copeville. However…Eyewitness Accounts And Evidence From
Radar Suggest That This Is Indeed Separate Damage And Is With That
Of Ef-1 Intensity.

In Addition…More Intense Damage Was Found Along The Damage Path
Of The Blue Ridge Tornado Consistent With Ef-1 Damage And Thus The
Rating Of This Tornado Has Been Upgraded To That Of An Ef-1.

Overview…Several Tornadoes Were Observed During The Afternoon
And Evening Of Saturday December 26Th. The Strongest Tornado Produced
Ef4 Damage In The City Of Garland…As Well As Ef3 Damage In The City Of
Rowlett. This Tornado Produced A Continuous Path Of Damage For Approximately
13 Miles In Dallas And Rockwall Counties. The Tornado Caused 8 Fatalities
Most Of Which Near The Intersection Of Interstate 30 And The President
George Bush Turnpike. Two Tornadoes Were Confirmed In Collin County…Near
Copeville…Where Ef2 Damage Was Observed By Nws Survey Crews. Tornado
Damage Was Also Observed Near Blue Ridge…Where Ef1 Damage Was
Observed. Two Fatalities Have Been Reported In Copeville…And One
Fatality Was Reported In Blue Ridge.

In Total…There Are Now Ten Confirmed Tornadoes And 11 Fatalities
During The Afternoon And Evening Of The 26Th.

Hubbard Tornado

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.Hubbard Tornado…

Rating: Ef-0
Estimated Peak Wind: 70-80 Mph
Path Length /Statute/: 3 Miles
Path Width /Maximum/: 50 Yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0

Start Date: Dec 26 2015
Start Time: 203 Pm Cst
Start Location: 3 N Hubbard / Hill / Texas

End Date: Dec 26 2015
End Time: 207 Pm Cst
End Location: 6 N Hubbard / Hill / Texas

Eustace Tornado

Eustace

.Eustace Tornado…

Rating: Ef-0
Estimated Peak Wind: 70 Mph
Path Length /Statute/: 1 Miles
Path Width /Maximum/: 40 Yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0

Start Date: Dec 26 2015
Start Time: 2:44 Pm Cst
Start Location: 2 Ne Eustace / Henderson / Texas

End Date: Dec 26 2015
End Time: 2:46 Pm Cst
End Location: 3 Ne Eustace / Henderson / Texas

Emory Tornado

Emory

.Emory Tornado…

Rating: Ef-0
Estimated Peak Wind: 70 Mph
Path Length /Statute/: 1.0 Mile
Path Width /Maximum/: 75 Yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0

Start Date: Dec 26 2015
Start Time: 5:22 Pm Cst
Start Location: 3 Ne Emory / Rains / Texas

End Date: Dec 26 2015
End Time: 5:23 Pm Cst
End Location: 3 Ne Emory / Rains / Texas

Survey_Summary: This Tornado Was Observed And Reported By Trained
Spotters.

Sulphur Springs Tornado

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.Sulphur Springs Tornado…

Rating: Ef-0
Estimated Peak Wind: 70 Mph
Path Length /Statute/: 0.5 Mile
Path Width /Maximum/: 25 Yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0

Start Date: Dec 26 2015
Start Time: 5:33 Pm Cst
Start Location: 3 S Sulphur Springs / Hopkins / Texas

End Date: Dec 26 2015
End Time: 5:34 Pm Cst
End Location: 2 S Sulphur Springs / Hopkins / Texas

Survey_Summary: This Tornado Was Observed And Photographed By
Trained Spotters.

Long Track Tornado that tracked from Midlothian through Ovilla and Glenn Heights

These graphics start from the south where the tornado began and progress north as the tornado moves northeast.

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Red Oak _ North

.Midlothian /Ovilla /Glenn Heights Tornado…

Rating: Ef-3
Estimated Peak Wind: 145-155 Mph
Path Length /Statute/: 8.5 Miles
Path Width /Maximum/: 125 Yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: N/A

Start Date: Dec 26 2015
Start Time: 601 Pm Cst
Start Location: 5 E Midlothian / Ellis / Texas

End Date: Dec 26 2015
End Time: 613 Pm Cst
End Location: Glenn Heights / Dallas / Texas

Survey_Summary: This Tornado Produced A Long And Narrow Damage Path
From Just Northeast Of The Mid-Way Regional Airport Near Midlothian To
The Border Of Desoto And Glenn Heights. There Were Several Homes With
Damage To Roofs…With Several Homes Suffering Wall Failure Damage.
Additionally…Two Churches And One Elementary School Suffered Extensive
Damage.

Long-track tornado that began in Sunnyvale and moved through Garland and Rowlett

These images begin from the south as the tornado begins. Images and the damage track move north as the tornado progresses into Garland and Rowlett.

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.Sunnyvale / Garland / Rowlett…

Rating: Ef-4
Estimated Peak Wind: 170-180 Mph
Path Length /Statute/: 13 Miles
Path Width /Maximum/: 550 Yards
Fatalities: 8
Injuries: 7+

Start Date: Dec 26 2015
Start Time: 6:45 Pm Cst
Start Location: Sunnyvale / Dallas / Texas

End Date: Dec 26 2015
End Time: 7:02 Pm Cst
End Location: Lake Ray Hubbard / Rockwall / Texas

Ennis Tornado

Ennis

.Ennis Tornado…

Rating: Ef-0
Estimated Peak Wind: 80 Mph
Path Length /Statute/: 1 Mile
Path Width /Maximum/: 150 Yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0

Start Date: Dec 26 2015
Start Time: 7:00 Pm Cst
Start Location: 3 N Ennis / Ellis / Texas

End Date: Dec 26 2015
End Time: 7:02 Pm Cst
End Location: 4 Ne Ennis / Ellis / Texas

Survey_Summary: Trained Spotters Observed A Tornado Approximately
3 Miles Northeast Of Ennis On The Evening Of The 26Th.

Copeville Tornado

These damage images begin from the south where the tornado started. They progress north as the tornado tracks to the north.

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.Copeville Tornado…

Rating: Ef-2
Estimated Peak Wind: 115-125 Mph
Path Length /Statute/: 5.5 Miles
Path Width /Maximum/: 200 Yards
Fatalities: 2
Injuries: N/A

Start Date: Dec 26 2015
Start Time: 7:09 Pm Cst
Start Location: 1 N Lavon / Collin / Texas
End Date: Dec 26 2015
End Time: 7:15 Pm Cst
End Location: 3 N Copeville / Collin / Texas

Farmersville Tornado

These images begin in the south and progress north along the tornado track.

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.Farmersville Tornado…

Rating: Ef-1
Estimated Peak Wind: 95-105 Mph
Path Length /Statute/: 4 Miles
Path Width /Maximum/: 300 Yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 1

Start Date: Dec 26 2015
Start Time: 7:17 Pm Cst
Start Location: 2 W Farmersville / Collin / Texas
End Date: Dec 26 2015
End Time: 7:23 Pm Cst
End Location: 4 Nw Farmersville / Collin / Texas

Blue Ridge Tornado

These images begin in the south and progress north along the tornadoes track.

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.Blue Ridge Tornado…

Rating: Ef-1
Estimated Peak Wind: 90-100 Mph
Path Length /Statute/: 5 Miles
Path Width /Maximum/: 250 Yards
Fatalities: 1
Injuries: N/A

Start Date: Dec 26 2015
Start Time: 7:33 Pm Cst
Start Location: 3 Se Blue Ridge / Collin / Texas

End Date: Dec 26 2015
End Time: 7:38 Pm Cst
End Location: 5 Ne Blue Ridge

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

December 27, 2015 Tornadoes

Woodlawn Tornado north of Marshal

Jefferson

…Woodlawn Tornado In Harrison County In Northeast Texas…

Rating: Ef-2
Estimated Peak Wind: 110-120 Mph
Path Length /Statute/: 7.83 Miles
Path Width /Maximum/: 300 Yards
Fatalities: None
Injuries: None

Start Date: Dec 27 2015
Start Time: 439 Pm Cst
Start Location: 6.6 Miles North Northeast Of Marshall
Start Lat/Lon: 32.6228 / -94.3216

End Date: Dec 27 2015
End Time: 451 Pm Cst
End Location: 5 Miles South Southeast Of Jefferson
End_Lat/Lon: 32.7299 / -94.2801

Survey_Summary: The Tornado Snapped And Uprooted Trees Along Suburban
Acres Road…And Then Moved North Where It Caused Damage To Several Homes
And Outbuildings Along Fm 1793. Two Mobile Homes Were Completely Destroyed
Along Fm 1793. Several More Homes And Outbuildings Were Damaged Along Blackjack
Road And Pope City Road As The Tornado Continued North. The Tornado Lifted
Along Fm 134 Just Before Reaching The Little Cypress Bayou.

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Dekalb

…3 Miles Wsw Of Dekalb Texas…

Rating: Ef-0
Estimated Peak Wind: 75-85 Mph
Path Length /Statute/: 3.26 Miles
Path Width /Maximum/: 75 Yards
Fatalities: None
Injuries: None

Start Date: Dec 27 2015
Start Time: 306 Pm Cst
Start Location: 3 Miles West Southwest Of Dekalb
Start Lat/Lon: 33.4971 / -94.6687

End Date: Dec 27 2015
End Time: 310 Pm Cst
End Location: 4 Miles Northwest Of Dekalb
End_Lat/Lon: 33.5395 / -94.6689

Survey_Summary: The Tornado Partially Lifted The Roof Off
Of A Mobile Home Along Cr4251. The Tornado Continued North And
Snapped Several Trees Before Lifting Along Cr3306.