AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — According to the National Weather Service, an EF0 landspout touched down in Amarillo Saturday evening.
The EF0 touched down near the 4000 block of Mesa Circle and was 30 yards wide and was on the ground for less than a minute. Winds speeds hit 65 miles per hour.
A landspout is classified as a tornado, one that can range from an EF0 to an EF1 and can cause minimal damage, something that occurred last night in the southwest part of Amarillo.
Joyce Kosechata and Chana Lowe said that when the landspout first hit, they knew it was not just wind.
“I knew exactly it was a tornado. There was no way it was a wind gust or anything like that. definitely a tornado had come down sporadically. We didn’t hear any sirens or warnings or anything,” said Lowe.
Kosechata and Lowe saw the damage firsthand in their backyard.
“We looked outside and everything was destroyed. Around the house and in the yard. We had just finished putting the yard together for summer and it’s completely destroyed,” said Kosechata.
Meteorologist David Williams said even though landspouts usually cause minimal damage, they are still dangerous.
“They are still nothing to play around with or toy with, try to stay inside and of course alert your National Weather Service authorities or whoever you may want to alert at that point in time,” said David.
David says landspouts are usually difficult to detect on radar.
“For a landspout, that can happen on a day where there is no severe weather has been predicted or tornado warning has been given,” said David.
Another way to spot a landspout is that they form from the ground to the clouds, while supercell tornadoes form from the clouds to the ground.
Williams said that if you do get video or pictures of a landspout to send that to the National Weather Service or local meteorologist so they can get it to the National Weather Service, so someone can come out and assess the damage.
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