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Public Information Statement

Statement as of 6:04 PM CDT on April 25, 2015


... Preliminary NWS survey results of widespread straight line
wind damage occurring in Hidalgo County Friday evening...

Event...
straight line wind damage from large Bow echo with embedded
microbursts

Event track...
from the Santa Ana wildlife Refuge near Hidalgo
to about 3 miles south of Elsa in Hidalgo County

Event time...
from approximately 1053 PM CDT to 1124 PM CDT

Preliminary wind speeds...
widespread 65 to 75 mph with areas up to 80 mph

Injuries/fatalities...
none

Summary...
trackable damage began in the United States in the Santa Ana NWR
where numerous trees were downed. Persistent damage consistent
with wind speeds of 65 to 75 mph continued through
scissors... Santa Elena... Donna... and western and southern
Weslaco. The most significant damage occurred in the Aurora valley
community approximately 3.5 miles southwest of Elsa.

Throughout the track hundreds of large trees were knocked down or
snapped. 6 to 12 ash trees were uprooted with several more
snapped and Road and yard signs were blown down.

In the Aurora valley community more than two dozen trailer homes
were destroyed... with 4 to 6 trailer homes completely demolished.
The homes were not built to withstand high winds and not tied
down and the damage appears to be consistent with 70 to 75 mph
winds gusting up to 80 mph.

In Weslaco numerous trees and a few powerlines were knocked down
and two 100 pound barbecue pits were thrown over 100 feet. An 8 to
10 foot outbuilding was blown down in Donna and a prefabricated garage
had an awning and portions of its wall removed in Donna. This
damage is also consistent with winds up to 80 mph and may be
further refined pending additional information. A spotter in
Weslaco recorded a wind gust to 72 mph.

The Red Cross has established shelters for those left homeless by
the storm. Around 15000 customers lost power during the event.

Additional damage continued into west central Hidalgo County but
was less severe and more isolated.

From numerous eyewitness accounts the strongest winds lasted for
around 3 to 5 minutes.

Watches/warnings...
a Severe Thunderstorm Watch was issued for Hidalgo County at 931
PM.
A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for the area at 1036
PM and again at 1052 PM.

This report is preliminary and subject to change pending
additional information.


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