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22mayAll DayBowie (Montague County, TX)

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Start Time: 9:10 pm CDT

End Time:  9:12 pm CDT

Rating:  EF1

Estimated Peak Winds:  95 mph

Path length: 1.35 miles

Width: 400 yards

Fatalities: 0

Injuries:  0

County:  Montague

State:  Texas

Start Lat/Lon: 33.5522 / -97.8672

End Lat/Lon:  33.561 / -97.8482


Damaging straight line winds affected most of the western, northern and central portions of the City of Bowie. Straight-line wind damage was also observed northeast of Bowie along Highway 59, extending almost to the City of Montague. Within Bowie proper, large tree trunks were snapped, and many trees were uprooted. Much of this tree debris fell onto residences, resulting in roof and structural damage to these homes.  Additional light structural damage, including roof, facia and signage damage, was observed to many commercial buildings within Bowie. All of this straight-line wind damage was consistent with wind speeds ranging from 65 to 80 mph, with isolated heavier damage consistent with 80 to 90 mph winds. Within the large field of wind damage, there were some subtle indications that a brief tornado also occurred in Bowie. Beginning near the Best Western Hotel near Highway 59 and US 287, the orientation of damage suggested weak convergence. The intensity of the damage also suggested higher wind speeds on the order of 90 to 95 mph.  Similar indicators were noted from this area northeast along a mile-long path into the central business district of Bowie, where substantial roof damage and wall damage occurred to single story and multi-story buildings. This damage was suggestive of estimated tornado wind speeds topping out around 95 mph.


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