Fort Worth in Dallas Hit Hard and Left Bruised

Last Thursday a storm pushed through Fort Worth in Dallas, Texas lashing out the area with hail, high winds (reported to be 75-90 MPH) and rain. The storm itself was quick, but left a lot of bruising in its wake particularly the Fort Worth Stockyards.

300,000 to 115,200

Outages after the storm left a total of 300,000 people without power. The number has gone down to 115,200 today, but the estimate time for complete renewal of electricity services is up in the air.

Fortunately, utility crews from Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Kansas City, Alabama and North Carolina have offered their help in alleviating this mess and getting the electricity back for the Fort Worth residents.

Not Quite a Tornado

fort worth damageThe oddest thing about the storm seems to be its brevity even though the storm produced wind “capable of the same level of damage as a small tornado.” Structures also found themselves being pelted with golf-ball sized hail and in the case of the Fort Worth Stockyards, several historical buildings were damaged beyond repair.

Although it’s caused quite a bitĀ of heartache, Mark Hannah (a spokesman for the Insurance Council of Texas) stated that the losses incurred by this storm are not comparable to anything.

Roofs, Tornadoes and Stow, Ohio

Within the past few years weather has gotten crazy, and you climate denialists can say what you will, but the proof is in the pudding…or roof in this instance.

Tornado Touchdowns (Not Football) in Ohio

Earlier this week, a house in Stow, Ohio was pinched by a tornado (one of four touchdowns seen so far), and by “pinched” I mean “had a section of roof ripped off.” Thankfully, folks from the city and surrounding neighborhoods pitched in to help the Washko family who had fled to the basement after Paulette, the mother, heard what she thought was a “train” coming.

In the end, no one was hurt except the house and that poor roof.

After reading this though, it got me thinking about Ohio’s history with tornadoes, and as it turns out, they’ve had their fair share of run-ins with the monstrous wind funnel we all fear.

English: View of some of the structural damage...

English: View of some of the structural damage caused by the , tornado during the 1974 tornado Super Outbreak of 3-4 April, 1974. This F5 tornado killed over 30 people, and injured over a thousand. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Historical Facts on Ohio’s Tornado Troubles

  • On April 11, 1965, and in one day, 11 tornadoes tore through Ohio claiming the lives of 60 people.
  • Ohio has had a total of four tornadoes that have reached the F5 designation. The last one was in may of 1985.
  • A Total of 29 tornadoes were counted on July 12, 1992. The second highest number was 19 tornadoes on November 10, 2002.
  • 1992 was the year of the tornado, with a total of 61 tornadoes in that year alone.
  • The only year without tornadoes was in 1988
  • In 1974 Xenia, Ohio was hit with what is considered to be the deadliest individual tornado, which killed 32 and caused $100 ( $471 million in 2013) million in property damages

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