NWS: 9 tornadoes touched down in Central Texas, total largest on record
Some parts of Central Texas are still recovering from the damages caused by Sunday's storm.
Wednesday night, the National Weather Service was able to confirm a 5th tornado touched down in San Antonio, bringing the total to 9 in Central Texas.
According to the NWS, four of those touched down in Bexar and Comal Counties, ranging from categories EF2 to EF0.
Another EF0 tornado hit Guadalupe County.
“I spent several hours today surveying the damage in different neighborhoods near the Quarry and was amazed to see roofs ripped off homes only to be found mangled in branches several doors down and 50-year old trees uprooted and toppled on tops of cars,” Mayor Taylor said. “Based on what I saw, I’ve issued a declaration of disaster as a first step in potentially securing state and federal resources,” said Taylor.
In the Austin area, four tornados have been confirmed so far.
Two were confirmed in Williamson County near Thrall, causing heavy damage to some buildings.
NWS says the third tornado, an EF-1, touched down in the San Marcos/Kyle area. The fourth twister, an EF-0, touched down in eastern Hays County and southern Travis County near Niederwald and Mustang Ridge.
According to the National Weather Service, the outbreak from February 19th-20th is the largest on record for the Central Texas area for the month of February. The previous largest in February was on February 25th, 1971. Back then, the number of twisters totaled 8.