The Belton-Temple tornado of 2020 was a large wedge tornado that struck the Belton-Temple area on April 12, 2020. This Tornado was the largest and second most powerful Tornado of the 2020 Easter Weekend Tornado Outbreak that spawned Torandoes across portions of the Great Plains, Midwest and southeastern United States from April 11-13, 2020
Image: Tornado Track
At 4:30 PM CDT a Squall line moved across central Texas bringing heavy rain, damaging winds and large hail. Hail up to an Inch in diameter was reported in Waco and 75 MPH wind gust were reported in Killeen. At 4:40 PM CDT the authorities in Belton reported Golf ball Size hail near the University of Mary Hardin Baylor campus. A weather station in Temple recorded 75 MPH straight line winds. NWS Doppler radar detected an intense Supercell over the area and Quickly issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning For Bell County. At 4:58 PM CDT a Tornado touched down East of Nolanville and began tracking East Northeast. A Tornado Warning was issued for Bell County at 5:00 PM CDT. Storm spotters reported sifnifigant damage to vegetation and wind speeds of 190 MPH as the Tornado approached Belton. A Tornado Emergency was issued for Bell County, including the cities of Belton and Temple at 5:02 PM CDT. The Tornado struck Belton at 5:07 PM CDT completely leveling the town. Many well built homes were swept away and many vehicles were tossed. 3 fatalaties occured as a Whataburger fast food Restaurant was swept away. The Tornado passed near the UMHB campus causing 5 more fatalaties as The University of Mary Hardin Baylor campus was complety destroyed. The Tornado also caused significant damage to the downtown area. The Tornado exited Belton at 5:09 PM CDT and began to travel along I-35 quickly approaching Temple. A large debris ball was now visible on Radar and Wind Speeds were now clocked at 205 MPH. Authorities in Temple began to desperately clear roadways as the wedge tornado, now 1.7 Miles wide approached Temple. Authorities Reported dead livestock along I-35 just outside Temple. The Tornado arrived in Temple at 5:14 PM CDT. The Tornado passed near the Baylor Scott and White medical Center causing severe damage to the building and surrounding area, 12 fatalaties occured in the area with 7 being in the Medical Center. The Tornado continued east Northeast crossing over the Scott and White Park at 5:16 PM CDT. Severe damage occured in the park. The Tornado passed near the Downtown area at 5:18 PM CDT Causing and additional 6 fatalaties as many homes and buisnesses were obliteratied. NWS Radar monitors reported that the debris ball had doubled in size. The Tornado began to weaken as it crossed into Eastern Temple, with weather spotters reporting EF4 damage in Eastern Temple. The Tornado exited Temple at 5:24 PM CDT Causing signifigant vegetation damage in rural areas east of Temple. The Tornado dissipitated 3 miles east of Temple at 5:27 PM CDT. At its peak the Tornado achived wind speeds of 225 MPH and was 1.7 miles wide. The Tornado would receive an EF5 rating from the National Weather Service in the following days. This Tornado would be the first officially rated EF5 Tornado to strike Texas since the 1997 Jarrell Tornado.