National Weather Service confirms tornado in Abilene

Staff Writer

The National Weather Bureau Service has confirmed that a violent storm that damaged parts of Abilene on early Saturday morning was indeed an EF-2 tornado. A category EF-2 tornado can sustain winds from 111 miles per hour to 135 miles per hour.
The tornado appeared just after dawn on Saturday after a night of sever lightning and thunderstorms.
Residents described damage to roofs and homes while others described businesses also being hit in the downtown area.
In all over 100 structures were found to be damaged in the wake of the storm.
Police have set up curfews for residents to stay out of the damaged areas to discourage potential looting.
Only property owners can remain or travel on public of private property from 8:30 p.m. until 6:30 a.m.
The City Council called an emergency meeting to adopt the curfew. This meeting is scheduled to be held for Monday at 8 a.m. The agenda items read as such:
“Hold a discussion, conduct a public hearing and take action regarding adopting a Curfew for the property damaged areas adversely affected by the tornado or severe thunder storms occurring on May 18, 2019. An emergency or urgent public necessity exists and immediate action is required because of an imminent threat to public health and safety or a reasonably unforeseeable situation.”
Several weather outlets have predicted severe thunderstorms and windy weather to continue today into the evening hours and into overnight.
Hail is possible.
Today: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some storms could be severe, with large hail. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84. Windy, with a south wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.
New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms. Some storms could be severe, with large hail. Low around 60. Windy, with a south southeast wind 25 to 30 mph decreasing to 20 to 25 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

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