NWS: Strong wind produced damage in Jayton, Girard

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Reported by: Matt Ernst
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Updated: 5/24/2013 9:02 pm
Severe storms Thursday produced significant wind damage across Kent County, including a brief tornado that produced EF-1 damage.

The National Weather Service Lubbock office sent a damage survey crew to Dickens and Kent counties to look at what the storms Thursday did. This included the use of a helicopter to inspect damage.

Warning coordination meteorologist Jody James says they found tornado damage about nine to 11 miles NNE of Girard, or about 11 miles east of Spur. The tornado was on the ground for about two miles, width about 200 to 300 yards.

James says damage was difficult to find, this is open country. Wind was estimated around 100mph.

The reason we were concerned with this storm Thursday was the potential for a tornado to move into Girard and Jayton. I was storm chasing in 2005 when there was a large tornado west of Jayton. That twister also thankfully missed the community.

You can click the image for a larger view of the damage swath. James says the damage roughly paralleled Hwy. 70, wind estimated 70-85mph, but could've been higher. There was a gust of 92mph at 5:05 p.m. Thursday at the Texas Tech Mesonet site near Jayton.

"Most of the damage was tree branches down, roof damage, and damage to lightweight structures," James said. "Based on radar data, this wind damage most likely occurred between 430 pm and 5:15 pm on 5/23/13. Many fields were flooded, and we received a coop report in Jayton of over 4 inches of rain."
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