Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The Tornado Chronicles: Pennington, TX Tornado of December 25, 2012

The first tornado of the Christmas Day 2012 Outbreak was a strong one that impacted a mostly rural area (thank Goodness) to the Northwest of Pennington, TX during the morning hours.

The National Weather Service (NWS) ground survey detected EF-3 intensity damage, with maximum winds estimated at 150 mph.  The tornado reached a maximum width of 300 yards, and was on the ground for approximately 7 miles.

The tornado initially touched down at approximately 9:25 am CST, about 5 miles West/Southwest of Pennington.  It then traveled in a general Northeasterly direction for approximately 7 miles before lifting at 9:35 a.m. CST, about 2 miles North of Pennington:

The worst of the damage took place along Highway 287, approximately one mile Northwest of Pennington.  This is where the EF-3 damage was observed, with a metal building system completely destroyed:

The following YouTube video shows additional damage in this same general vicinity along Highway 287:

Otherwise, several mobile homes were heavily damaged along the path of the tornado, with mostly EF-1 and EF-2 intensity damage noted.

Just before the tornado lifted just to the North of Pennington, it rolled and destroyed a travel trailer, thankfully, no one was injured:

Just like the majority of the other tornadoes that took place on Christmas Day 2012, there are no known photos or videos of the tornado itself that have come forward to date.  We'll continue to be on the lookout and post any new information and/or photos as they become available.

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