Dimmit twister classified as EF-3 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Dimmit twister classified as EF-3

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Though there was more than one, the main tornado that hit Dimmit Friday night has been classified by the National Weather Service as an EF-3 tornado.

The tornado had an estimated peak wind of 140 mph, according to a news release from the NWS. The team monitoring the tornado associated the weather event with a long duration supercell that was tracked for more than nine hours. This effected parts of Parmer, Castro, Swisher, Hale and Floyd counties.

The first indication of a tornado happened about 12 miles southwest of Dimmit, while numerous other brief tornadoes occurred while the storm was moving towards the city. The NWS team has also figured at least five brief tornadoes formed across western Castro County that exhibited multi-vortex characteristics.

The main tornado, however, was on a path about 4.5 miles long, going north to northeast. Most of the heaviest damage was found to be three miles west of Dimmit. With some of the damaged associated with the Fujita scale, homes around the area received what is classified as EF-2 damage.

Information that has been released from the NWS is preliminary at the moment, and is subject to change pending further review, according to the release. 

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