The National Weather Service in New Braunfels has rated the damage produced by this morning’s tornado in Leander. The worst damage is consistent with estimated maximum winds of 90 MPH. That ranks as a 1 on the Enhanced-Fujita scale. The EF scale runs from 0 to 5 with 5 being catastrophic damage. Survey crews confirmed the tornado’s path length was just over five miles over a twenty-one-minute span. Most of the damage produced by the tornado was to trees, but some roofs were damaged. Thankfully no injuries have been reported as a result of this morning’s weak tornado. Scroll down to read the full damage survey for the Leander tornado from the National Weather Service.
Public Information Statement National Weather Service Austin/San Antonio TX 422 PM CDT Sun May 20 2018 ...Corrected the Start and End locations ...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 05/20/18 TORNADO EVENT... .Leander Tornado... Rating: EF1 Estimated Peak Wind: 90 mph Path Length /statute/: 5.14 miles Path Width /maximum/: 50 yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start Date: 05/20/2018 Start Time: 08:22 AM CDT Start Location: 3 NE Leander / Williamson County / TX Start Lat/Lon: 30.5905 / -97.8241 End Date: 05/20/2018 End Time: 08:43 AM CDT End Location: 4 E Liberty Hill / Williamson County / TX End Lat/Lon: 30.6634 / -97.8391 Survey Summary: A National Weather Service storm survey concluded that at approximately 822 AM this morning a weak tornado touched down near Hero Way on the north side of Leander. Roof and tree damage was found just north of this road at several residences. The tornado then tracked north and went parallel to Ronald Reagan Boulevard where tree damage was observed on the west side of the road. The tornado then crossed Highway 29, weakened considerably, and finally dissipated near the entrance of the Santa Rita Ranch subdivision. The final rating of the tornado is EF1 based on the roof and tree damage seen around Hero Way. The remainder of the tornado track saw weak EF0 damage. 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.