5:45 PM CDT | April 14, 2019
Unfortunately, it was an active day across the southern United States on Saturday. There were 220 severe weather reports in the 24-hour period from 7:00 AM Saturday to 7:00 AM Sunday. The majority of the reports were of damaging winds, followed by large hail and tornadoes. The National Weather Service has been conducting surveys in the wake of yesterday's severe weather. Before I get to this, take a look at the reports. North of the warm front, large hail ranging from the size of quarters to baseballs were reported in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro. South of the warm front, all types of severe weather occurred.
The National Weather Service in Fort Worth has given the Franklin, Texas tornado a preliminary EF-3 rating. They found damage to be supportive of an EF-3 tornado with winds as high as 140 mph. That is the equivalent of a category 4 hurricane striking the town. The tornado initially touched down in Milam County, north of Milano. Continuing into Robertson County, it peaked as it went through Franklin. The tornado then weakened and eventually dissipated before exiting the county. You can view the map below.
As additional information on this tornado and others become available, I will share it here and/or on the Facebook page. Yesterday's severe weather resulted in numerous injuries and two deaths. Please keep all those who have been impacted in your thoughts and prayers. It is a tragic situation. We will unfortunately be dealing with yet another risk for severe weather by Wednesday. I will discuss more on this either tonight or tomorrow. For the latest local weather information for your area, please visit the National Weather Service website. You can also find Texas Storm Watch on Facebook. To help make sure you do not miss any updates, LIKE the Facebook page and join the Facebook group.