DALLAS – The National Weather Service determined that two tornadoes hit places in Dallas County Sunday afternoon, and three others occurred in Ellis County.
An EF-0 hit University Park and an EF-1
The NWS said the UP tornado had winds of 75 mph and the Dallas tornado had winds up to 90 mph. Meteorologist Patricia Sanchez, National Weather Service, says it was two separate tornadoes that briefly touched Dallas County.
“Near the university park, the damage was primarily wood damage near the park some tennis courts,” she said. “It looks like after it took off … it was the same storm, it produced another area of damage.”
Wind reef roof taken from a home on Northaven Road when the storm hit just after 6 p.m. 14 Sunday. The couple who live there had just remodeled it because it was damaged by the EF-3 tornado in North Dallas in 2019.
Security cameras captured moments before the EF-1 tornado briefly touched, with video showing winds blowing trees in one direction, and then whipping them violently back the opposite way.
Several Dallas police officers came by to help homeowner Cherie Hart unpack her belongings Monday. She was grateful for the help.
“I’ve never met them before and they were going to patrol and look at my house for the next few weeks. I’m just hopeful,” Hart said.
She said it is frustrating to have to clean up after another tornado.
“At first I was like why us, why us? But then I was like, OK, both times we’ve been fine, we’re gone unharmed.”
Aaron Pinkus owns North Haven Gardens, and his business was badly damaged by the EC-3 tornado nearly two years ago. This time the injury was less severe.
“Second time in two years, what are the odds?” he said.
He found a shady awning peeled back and the shop and garden area in disarray.
“Having this kind of thing come through after what happened before really got us on our toes and the anxiety is built up,” Pinkus said.
Surveillance footage from University Park city cameras showed winds of 75 mph around 6 p.m.
“Every tornado has to start somewhere, and in our case, it started just above City Hall,” said Steve Mace, a spokesman for University Park. “And the mark from the National Weather Service for their tornado warning came only 4 or 5 or 6 minutes later.”
When they realized they realized they might be in danger, the threat was over. It overturned part of a fence over to a tennis court and cluttered trees, but there are no reported damages to homes or buildings.
“Our takeaway is really easy – we were lucky,” Mace said.
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