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Public Information Statement

Statement as of 4:33 PM CDT on August 16, 2017

Expires 5:45 AM EDT on August 17, 2017


... NWS damage survey for 08/13/2017 thunderstorm wind event at
Turkey Texas...

.Turkey wet microburst wind event...

Peak wind: 100-120 mph
fatalities:0
injuries:0

Start date: 08_13_2017
start time: 09:30 PM CDT
start location: Turkey, Texas

End date: 08_13_2017
end time: 09:45 PM CDT
end location: Turkey, Texas

Meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Lubbock
conducted a ground and aerial damage survey at Turkey, Texas on
August 14, 2017. Significant damage occurred in Turkey on the
evening of August 13, 2017 in association with widespread severe
thunderstorm activity.

Several homes and businesses suffered damage. The Turkey compress
was totally destroyed, and at least 2 homes suffered major damage
and are uninhabitable. Numerous large trees and power poles
snapped, building and car windows were broken, garage doors
collapsed and other extensive damage occurred to car ports and
canopies. Despite a large amount of flying debris that moved
through the city from north to south, no fatalities nor injuries
occurred. No large hail was reported by Turkey residents.

Peak wind speeds during this event are estimated to be in the
100-120 mph range based on observed damage. The lower speed bound
is supported by snapped trees, power poles, collapsed garage
doors and various roof damage. The upper speed bound is estimated
from the destroyed compress building and the two homes that
suffered major roof and wall damage. It is important to note that
the most severely damaged buildings were quite old. One of the
homes that suffered major damage was built in 1927.

The majority of evidence suggests that this damage was the result
of a wet microburst that moved generally from north to south
across the community of Turkey. This determination is based on the
type and location of damage and distribution of debris, weather
radar data, and eyewitness accounts. Turkey officials reported
that high winds were observed for a period of about 15 minutes and
the Texas tech West Texas mesonet station 2 miles SSW of Turkey
reported severe wind gusts as high as 68 mph for a period of 15
minutes between 9:35 and 9:50 PM CDT. The damaging wind was
immediately followed by heavy rainfall, which totaled 2-3 inches.
This event occurred after dark and there were no reports of a
tornado or funnel cloud in or near Turkey around the time the
damage occurred.

Representatives from Turkey as well as Hall County sheriff and
Hall County emergency management provided outstanding assistance
and guidance through the duration of the survey.

Note:
the information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event and publication in NWS
storm data.


Jw

433 PM CDT Wed Aug 16 2017

... NWS damage survey for 08/13/2017 thunderstorm wind event at
Turkey Texas...

.Turkey wet microburst wind event...

Peak wind: 100-120 mph
fatalities:0
injuries:0

Start date: 08_13_2017
start time: 09:30 PM CDT
start location: Turkey, Texas

End date: 08_13_2017
end time: 09:45 PM CDT
end location: Turkey, Texas

Meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Lubbock
conducted a ground and aerial damage survey at Turkey, Texas on
August 14, 2017. Significant damage occurred in Turkey on the
evening of August 13, 2017 in association with widespread severe
thunderstorm activity.

Several homes and businesses suffered damage. The Turkey compress
was totally destroyed, and at least 2 homes suffered major damage
and are uninhabitable. Numerous large trees and power poles
snapped, building and car windows were broken, garage doors
collapsed and other extensive damage occurred to car ports and
canopies. Despite a large amount of flying debris that moved
through the city from north to south, no fatalities nor injuries
occurred. No large hail was reported by Turkey residents.

Peak wind speeds during this event are estimated to be in the
100-120 mph range based on observed damage. The lower speed bound
is supported by snapped trees, power poles, collapsed garage
doors and various roof damage. The upper speed bound is estimated
from the destroyed compress building and the two homes that
suffered major roof and wall damage. It is important to note that
the most severely damaged buildings were quite old. One of the
homes that suffered major damage was built in 1927.

The majority of evidence suggests that this damage was the result
of a wet microburst that moved generally from north to south
across the community of Turkey. This determination is based on the
type and location of damage and distribution of debris, weather
radar data, and eyewitness accounts. Turkey officials reported
that high winds were observed for a period of about 15 minutes and
the Texas tech West Texas mesonet station 2 miles SSW of Turkey
reported severe wind gusts as high as 68 mph for a period of 15
minutes between 9:35 and 9:50 PM CDT. The damaging wind was
immediately followed by heavy rainfall, which totaled 2-3 inches.
This event occurred after dark and there were no reports of a
tornado or funnel cloud in or near Turkey around the time the
damage occurred.

Representatives from Turkey as well as Hall County sheriff and
Hall County emergency management provided outstanding assistance
and guidance through the duration of the survey.

Note:
the information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event and publication in NWS
storm data.


Jw


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