Two more Austin-area tornadoes confirmed to have hit Hays Co., Mustang Ridge

A mobile home flipped over on Cotton Gin Road in Kyle (KXAN Viewer Photo/Ashlie Amaya)
A mobile home flipped over on Cotton Gin Road in Kyle (KXAN Viewer Photo/Ashlie Amaya)

HAYS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — A third and fourth tornado were confirmed to have hit the Austin-area late Sunday night.

The National Weather Service says an EF-1 rated tornado touched down seven miles northwest of San Marcos at 11:26 p.m. on Feb. 19, and another tornado hit Niederwald and Mustang Ridge minutes later.

The Hays County tornado traveled for almost 10 miles with estimated peak winds of 100 mph before lifting 2 miles southwest of Kyle. Officials say the tornado’s path was around 300 yards wide. The National Weather Service survey, released Tuesday, was primarily done along Ranch Road 12 across northwestern and northern San Marcos and into western Kyle.

CENTRAL TEXAS TORNADOES ON NIGHT OF FEB. 19, BY COUNTY:

  • Williamson Co.: 2 (both EF-2)
  • Hays/Travis: 1 (EF-0)
  • Hays County: 1 (EF-1)
  • Guadalupe County: 1 (EF-0)
  • Comal County: 1 (EF-0)
  • Bexar County: 3 (2 EF-1, 1 EF-0)

The team found the tornado began at the intersection of Ranch Road 12 and Hugo Road where some trees were snapped and a small business had “considerable” structural damage. The twister moved northeast, moving across a large area of land, until it reached Hilliard Road and a neighborhood along Thousand Oaks Loop, where damage to trees was found, including an uprooted tree that fell on a vehicle.

The tornado then crossed the Blano River before ending near the Kyle Cemetery on Old Stagecoach Road. Moving across Interstate 35, the tornado became much less damaging.

Then, at 11:48 p.m., another tornado, rated as an EF-0, touched down two miles northwest of Niederwald in Hays County and continued for three miles until lifting one mile northwest of Mustang Ridge in Travis County.

While much of the damage was due to straight line winds in central Hays County, the weather service say this tornado destroyed an aluminum barn and significantly damaged mobile homes in the Mustang Ridge area. Meteorologists say the tornado likely lifted as it approached SH 130.

The results are preliminary and could be adjusted in the coming days.

Both an EF-0 and EF-1 tornado are considered as “weak” by the National Weather Service, with wind speeds reaching a maximum of 110 mph. Both tornadoes to hit Williamson County were EF-2s, with wind speeds reaching 118 mph.

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