The National Weather Service in Fort Worth has confirmed an EF-1 tornado with maximum sustained winds near 105 MPH impacted an area about 3 miles east of Merit, TX in western Hunt county. The tornado touched down at 7:55 PM and traveled north/northeast before lifting 1.8 miles later at 8:00 PM. The tornado was 200 yards wide. The most significant damage occurred near FM1569 and FM603 where metal buildings were significantly damaged. This survey information is preliminary and is subject to revision.
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORT WORTH TX
300 PM CDT FRI APR 4 2014
…PRELIMINARY DAMAGE SURVEY INFORMATION FOR WESTERN HUNT COUNTY…
A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM SURVEY TEAM FOUND EVIDENCE OF
DAMAGE CAUSED BY A TORNADO IN HUNT COUNTY NEAR MERIT TEXAS.
A TORNADO OCCURRED 3 MILES EAST OF MERIT DURING THE EVENING OF
APRIL 3 2014. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OCCURRED TO METAL
BUILDINGS NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF FM1569 AND FM903. THE METAL
ROOF AND WALL PANELS WERE PARTIALLY REMOVED FROM A STRUCTURE IN
PATH LENGTH 1.8 MILES
PATH WIDTH 200 YARDS
PRELIMINARY RATING EF1
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WINDS 105 MPH
THIS INFORMATION IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE AFTER
ADDITIONAL REPORTS ARE RECEIVED AND PROCESSED.
ADDITIONAL STORM SURVEYS…INCLUDING HOPKINS COUNTY AND ADDITIONAL
AREAS IN HUNT COUNTY…WILL BE COMPLETED ON MONDAY APRIL 7.