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Event Details

Event Tornado
-- Scale EF2
-- Length 0.4 Miles
-- Width 75 Yards
State TEXAS
County/Area LAVACA
WFO EWX
Report Source NWS Storm Survey
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2007-03-31 03:45:00.0 CST-6
Begin Location 6SE HALLETSVILLE
Begin Lat/Lon 29.39/-96.88
End Date 2007-03-31 03:50:00.0 CST-6
End Location 6SE HALLETSVILLE
End Lat/Lon 29.38/-96.87
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 4/0
Property Damage 75.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative In the early morning hours of March 31, both supercells and short bow echoes began to form along the north-south aligned cold front after it crossed the IH-35 corridor. Moving into the eastern portion of South Central Texas, these storms produced heavy rainfall, large hail, and two tornadoes.
Event Narrative To the southeast of Hallettsville, and southeast of the first tornado, a second tornado touched down near 0345 CST. This was just off FM530 on Road 16C, near the community of Light Chapel. This tornado touched down just south of a mobile home and began moving toward the northeast. A father, along with two sons and a daughter, had just arrived home less than an hour before the touchdown and had fallen asleep when the storm struck. The father reported feeling a jolt that awakened him as severe thunderstorm winds ahead of the tornado struck the mobile home. He reported that it became quiet again and then the mobile home exploded as the tornado stuck. He and his three children were blown and tossed almost 150 feet, coming to rest on the top of the former south wall of his mobile home. Broken glass was everywhere, but, in spite of cuts and bruises, they took shelter in a small nearby roofless shack as hail continued to fall. He then walked, carrying an injured son and daughter, to a neighbor???s house to call for help. His truck, parked under an awning just south of the mobile home was rolled and crushed. Had he and his children arrived only a few minutes later at their home, they could easily have been killed. That all have recovered except for minor bruises and cuts can only be considered a miracle. The father???s comments were that it???s all okay ??? we???re okay. What was destroyed is just ???stuff.??? Based on the destroyed mobile home, which had been tied down, and the rolled and twisted metal frame, the tornado was rated EF-2 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Winds were estimated at 115 mph. The tornado path length was placed at four-tenths of a mile with a path width of 75 yards.


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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 4 175.00K 0.00K
HALLETSVILLE LAVACA CO. TX 03/31/2007 03:25 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 65 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HALLETSVILLE LAVACA CO. TX 03/31/2007 03:30 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 100.00K 0.00K
HALLETSVILLE LAVACA CO. TX 03/31/2007 03:45 CST-6 Tornado EF2 0 4 75.00K 0.00K
LA GRANGE FAYETTE CO. TX 03/31/2007 03:50 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 70 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MULDOON FAYETTE CO. TX 03/31/2007 04:00 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CUERO DE WITT CO. TX 03/31/2007 04:30 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
YOAKUM LAVACA CO. TX 03/31/2007 05:00 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 4 175.00K 0.00K