SAN ANGELO, Texas — Here's a look at preliminary reports from the National Weather Service Office in Abilene/San Angelo:

05/18/2019 TORNADO EVENT UPDATE


Dove Creek Tornado
Rating:                 EF-2 Estimated Peak Wind:    125 mph Path Length /statute/:  2 miles Path Width /maximum/:   386 yards Fatalities:             None Injuries:               None
Start Date:             May 18 2019 Start Time:             455 AM CDT Start Location:         16 miles southwest of San Angelo Start Lat/Lon:          31.3254/-100.6404
End Date:               May 18 2019 End Time:               458 AM CDT End Location:           14 miles southwest of San Angelo End Lat/Lon:            31.3375/-100.6154

San Angelo Tornado
Rating:                 EF-2 Estimated Peak Wind:    135 mph Path Length /statute/:  8.5 miles Path Width /maximum/:   289 yards Fatalities:             None Injuries:               None
Start Date:             May 18 2019 Start Time:             526 AM CDT Start Location:         5.5 miles southwest of San Angelo Start Lat/Lon:          31.4080/-100.5057
End Date:               May 18 2019 End Time:               540 AM CDT End Location:           2 miles northeast of San Angelo End Lat/Lon:            31.4917/-100.4286

Ballinger Tornado
Rating:                 EF-3 Estimated Peak Wind:    155 mph Path Length /statute/:  19 miles Path Width /maximum/:   0.6 miles Fatalities:             None Injuries:               1
Start Date:             May 18 2019 Start Time:             655 AM Start Location:         17 miles south southwest of Ballinger Start Lat/Lon:          31.5140/-100.0926
End Date:               May 18 2019 End Time:               727 AM End Location:           2 miles northwest of Ballinger End Lat/Lon:            31.7541/-99.9738


Abilene Tornado
Rating:                 EF-2 Estimated Peak Wind:    130 mph Path Length /statute/:  2.3 miles Path Width /maximum/:   300 yards Fatalities:             None Injuries:               1
Start Date:             May 18 2019 Start Time:             546 AM CDT Start Location:         3 miles southwest of Abilene Start Lat/Lon:          32.434/-99.7932
End Date:               May 18 2019 End Time:               556 AM CDT End Location:           1 mile west of Abilene End Lat/Lon:            32.4502/-99.758


Silver Valley Tornado
Rating:                 EF-3 Estimated Peak Wind:    140 mph Path Length /statute/:  2 miles Path Width /maximum/:   300 yards Fatalities:             None Injuries:               None
Start Date:             May 18 2019 Start Time:             833 AM CDT Start Location:         10 miles northwest of Coleman Start Lat/Lon:          31.9282/-99.5567
End Date:               May 18 2019 End Time:               842 AM CDT End Location:           12 miles northwest of Coleman End Lat/Lon:            31.9413/-99.5237


EVENT SUMMARY: Several strong tornadoes ravaged portions of West Central Texas during the early morning hours in West Central Texas. Many homes were left uninhabitable. We have video evidence of a multi-vortex tornado near Lowake.

In addition, we have video evidence of two other large tornadoes, one near Silver Valley and another just west of Ballinger. The Ballinger tornado appears to be the strongest tornado, as it destroyed several homes.

This is a preliminary report, as we are looking at a few more possible tornado damage areas.

One is located in northern Schleicher County; another one near Crews; one is near Hords Creek Reservoir; and one on the northwest side of Fort Phantom Lake.

The National Weather Service wishes to thank the following for their assistance on these damage surveys: Dove Creek Fire Department, San Angelo Fire and Police Department and Emergency Management, Abilene Fire Dept., Abilene Emergency Management, Texas Department of Public Safety and Division of Emergency Management, the Texas Forest Service, Coleman Fire and Emergency Management, Runnels County Law Enforcement and Fire Dept., our media partners, and all who contributed to this survey. We are very grateful that there were no loss of life from these tornadoes.

EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the following categories:
EF0...Weak......65 to 85 mph EF1...Weak......86 to 110 mph EF2...Strong....111 to 135 mph EF3...Strong....136 to 165 mph EF4...Violent...166 to 200 mph EF5...Violent...>200 mph


NOTE: The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to change pending final review of the events and publication in NWS Storm Data.