The Killeen-Austin-San Antonio tornado was a tornado that occured on June 8, 2021 in portions of central and south central Texas, as part of the 2021 Texas Hyper Outbreak: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BBa82rFseU
The NWS has issued a high risk for most of north, north central, central, south central and southeastern Texas for June 8th. At 8:10 AM CDT that day, tornado watches were issued for all of the moderate and high risk areas. A supercell storm extending from west central Texas to the border to Mexico has formed and was moving southeast rapidly. At 11:30 AM CDT, a PDS Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for McLennan, Coryell, Bell, Burnet, Lampasas, Llano, Gillespie, Blanco, Travis, Hays, Williamson, Comal, Bexar, Medina, Benderra, Carr, Willson, Guadalupe and Caldwell counties.
BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED Severe Thunderstorm Warning National Weather Service Austin/San Antonio TX 1130 AM CDT TUE JUN 8 2021 The National Weather Service in Austin/San Antonio has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Warning for... McLennan County in central Texas... Coryell County in central Texas... Bell County in central Texas... Burnet County in central Texas... Lampasas County in central Texas... Llano County in central Texas... Gillespie County in central Texas... Blanco County in central Texas... Travis County in central Texas... Hays County in central Texas... Williamson County in central Texas... Comal County in south central Texas... Bexar County in south central Texas... Medina County in south central Texas... Benderra County in south central Texas... Carr County in south central Texas... Willson County in south central Texas... Guadalupe County in south central Texas... Caldwell County in south central Texas... * Until 130 PM CDT. * At 1128 AM EDT, severs thunderstorms were located along a line extending from Abilene in west central Texas to Laredo in deep south Texas to near the border to Mexico, moving southeast at 85 mph. These are very dangerous storms. HAZARD...120 mph wind gusts and grapefruit size hail. SOURCE...Public and emergency management confirmed hail stones up to the size of grapefruits, or up to 5 inches. IMPACT...You are in a life threatening situation. Damaging winds will cause some trees and large branches to fall. This could kill those outdoors, as well as damage homes and vehicles. Roadways may become blocked by downed trees. Widespread power outages will occur. Unsecured light objects will become projectiles. Do not hesistate. Seek shelter now! These storms have been reported to produce tornado like and even hurricane like wind gusts. --- Locations impacted include... - Austin, San Antonio, Waco, Temple, Killeen, Georgetown, Round Rock, Wells Branch, Pflugerville, San Marcos, New Braunfels and all areas within a 50 mile radius of the mentioned cities. Do not delay. Seek shelter now! PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building. && LAT...LON 3871 7753 3881 7755 3895 7729 3875 7720 TIME...MOT...LOC 0058Z 250DEG 21KT 3879 7746 HAIL...5.00IN WIND...120MPH $$ KLW
The tornado formed northwest of Killeen, TX, or north of Copperas Cove as part of a supercell thunderstorm that moved southeast across Texas, extending from west central Texas to deep south Texas. As it started. It moved south at around 40 mph and tore through Killeen and Fort Hood, continuing south, accelerating to 60 mph as it reached the community of Florence.
It began to paralell Interstate 35, moving southwest, and tracking through many densely populated areas. As it approached Georgetown, a tornado warning was issued by the National Weather Service, and as it showed no signs of weakening, a tornado emergency was declared for Austin and surrounding areas. At this point, the tornado already was 1.5 miles wide in diameter and has caused significant damage to the areas around Georgetown and Round Rock. The twister moved straight across the Texas capital city, completely sweeping buildings from their foundations, scowering roads and destroying all government facilities, including the Texas State Capitol. As it left Austin behind, it accelerated to almost 70 mph, while tearing over San Marcos with windspeeds in excess of 322 mph, only to become larger and stronger.
At the same time, a few miles south, in New Braunfels, another tornado has formed in the area, moving east, then south, and then making a 180 degree turn, moving north at 40 mph. The megatornado that struck Austin and the tornado in New Braunfels were now on a direct collision course, and eventually fused near the community of Hunter, just off of I-35. With this, the twister has now gained even more width and strenght, and practically flew over New Braunfels, entirely levelling the city. It now had San Antonio as its next target.
As it approached Randolph AFB, it has reached its maximum confirmed width of 3.4 miles and hitting windspeeds near 370 mph, with a ground speed registered at about 70 mph, still moving southwest. It tore right through the heart of San Antonio, completely and utterly obliterating absolutely anything and everything in its path. After the impact on San Antonio, the tornado steadily weakened as the supercell moved southeast at a rapid rate, and after almost 3 hours, it finally dissipated near the community of D'Hanis, 50 miles west of San Antonio.
The tornado has caused at least 7000 deaths, hundreds of thousands of injuries, and countless people are missing, probably to never be found.
Damages are estimated to be at around 500 billion USD.
Killeen has sustained severe damage with this storm, homes being torn apart with only single walls standing and massive piles of debris blocking roads and any access ways.
New Braunfels, San Marcos, and Austin as well as the surrounding areas have sustained severe to devastating damage. Downtown Austin is unrecognizable. The Texas State Capitol as well as the state ministries surrounding it were swept clean off of their foundations. Road scowering occured through the downtown area as well as most suburbs of Austin. Popped gas lines caused explosions in Round Rock and Pflugerville resulting in additional deaths.
San Antonio was impacted the worst of all. The city has been reported to be completely wiped off the face of the earth, it will most likely take decades for these cities to return, if at all. Well built homes and businesses were entirely levelled, ground scowering occured up to 7 feet deep, some neighborhoods were swept clean with no debris left, as if this area was under construction or as if it was never built in the first place. A large trail of dirt can be seen from a height of 30000 feet, where the tornado tracked through the downtown area.
What once was the 3rd biggest city in Texas and the 7th biggest population center in the United States is no more.
Interstate 35 between Austin and San Antonio has been scowered so heavily that it is impassable. Entire chunks of pavement were ripped out of the ground leaving a dirt trail behind. Traffic jams up to 50 miles in length have formed on detour routes in rural areas. Air travel is the only way to assist those in need fast.
The Texas government has declared a state of emergency for the upcoming 3 months, and furthermore, abandoned Austin and declared Midland the new Texas capital city for the next 5 years, as it sustained the least damage from the severe weather events throughout the state.
Emergency management is absolutely overwhelmed with the ongoing situation, so the national guard and the US army stepped in to assist.
Historical rating of this storm
The Killeen-Austin-San Antonio tornado went down as the deadliest, most destructive tornado ever recorded on earth. It has the 2nd longest path length and was the widest tornado ever recorded with a 3.4 mile diameter. With a top wind speed of 377 mph, it also had the highest ever measured windspeed on earth. With a forward ground speed of 69.4 mph, it was also the 2nd fastest behind the tri-state tornado in 1925 with 73 mph. It was rated as the top of the top storms in history. However, some meterologists say the tornado should have been rated an EF6 due to the amount of damage, as some areas literally looked like they never existed before.
The governor of Texas has ordered that from now on, every home must have a basement or a storm shelter in order to be built. Furthermore, multiple cities will now get a new outdoor warning system, such as tornado sirens and other early warning devices.
NWS Warning Bulletins (for Austin and San Antonio)
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVIATION REQUESTED Tornado Warning National Weather Service Austin/San Antonio TX 1240 PM CDT TUE JUNE 8 2021 ...TORNADO EMERGENCY FOR DOWNTOWN AUSTIN... The National Weather Service in Austin/San Antonio has issued a * Tornado Warning for... Central Travis County in central Texas... South Central Williamson County in central Texas... and northwestern Hays County in central Texas... * Until 130 PM CDT. * At 1240 PM CDT, a confirmed extremely large and violent tornado was observed near Georgetown, or 18 miles northeast of Austin, moving southwest at 65 mph. TORNADO EMERGENCY for Austin and surrounding areas. This is a LIFE OR DEATH SITUATION. SEEK SHELTER NOW! SEEK A PLACE OF SAFETY NOW! HAZARD...Deadly tornado exceeding 1.5 miles in diameter and tennis ball size hail. Source...Radar and emergency management. IMPACT...TAKE IMMEDIATE TORNADO PRECAUTIONS! THIS IS A POTENTIAL MASS CASUALTY SITUATION. You may be killed if not in an underground shelter. Flying debris may be deadly to those caught without shelter. Well built homes and businesses will be completely swept from their foundations, mobile homes will be obliterated, ground scowering will occur, cars, trucks, busses and even planes will be tossed around like toys, possibly for miles, and the complete annihilation of Austin is almost certain. * Locations impacted by this tornado include: Austin, Georgetown, Round Rock, Wells Branch, Pflugerville, Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park, Austin Community College, St. Davids Medical Center, Sunset Valley, Bluff Springs, San Leana, San Marcos, Manchaca, and all government related facilities, including the Texas State Capitol. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... To repeat, a large, extremely dangerous and potentially deadly tornado is on the ground. To protect your life, TAKE COVER NOW! Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If in a mobile home, a vehicle or outdoors.. Move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris. && LAT...LON 3944 8932 3950 8944 8926 3967 8914 3966 8914 396 8910 3964 8907 TIME...MOT...LOC 2314Z 212DEG 27KT 3950 8934 TORNADO...OBSERVED TORNADO DAMAGE THREAT...APOCALYPTIC HAIL...2.00IN $$ Auten $$
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVIATION REQUESTED Tornado Warning National Weather Service Austin/San Antonio TX 1257 PM CDT TUE JUNE 8 2021 ...EXTREMELY LARGE AND VIOLENT TORNADO APPROACHING SAN ANTONIO. TORNADO EMERGENCY FOR THE SAN ANTONIO METRO. THIS IS A MASS CASUALTY SITUATION!... The National Weather Service in Austin/San Antonio has issued a * Tornado Warning for... Central Bexar County in south central Texas... Southern Comal County in south central Texas... * Until 145 PM CDT. * At 1258 PM CDT, a confirmed tornado unprecedented and historic in size and strength was observed over Northcliffe, or 20 miles northeast of San Antonio, moving southwest at 70 mph. TORNADO EMERGENCY FOR SAN ANTONIO. This is a LIFE OR DEATH SITUATION. SEEK SHELTER NOW! SEEK A PLACE OF SAFETY NOW! HAZARD...Once in a lifetime tornado exceeding 3 miles in diameter with a history of fusing with another tornado near New Braunfels causing apocalyptic damage in said city, and Northcliffe, heading southwest at sheer light speed, according to the public. Source...Radar, Public and emergency management. IMPACT...TAKE IMMEDIATE SHELTER! THIS IS A MASS CASUALTY SITUATION. You will face certain death if not in an undergound sheter. It might not even be guaranteed that your shelter is safe. Above ground safe rooms will provide absolutely no shelter as these will be torn apart by the extreme winds in excess of 370 mph. Flying debris will be deadly to those caught without shelter. Well built homes and businesses will be completely levelled mobile homes will be obliterated, ground scowering up tp 10 feet will occur, cars, trucks, busses and even planes will be whirled around like toys, possibly for miles, apocalyptic devastation is expected and the complete annihilation of San Antonio is imminent. * Locations impacted by this tornado include: San Antonio, Northcliffe, Selma, Live Oak, Universal City, Randolph AFB, San Antonio International Airport, Longhorn, Windcrest, Tarrell Hills, Alamo Heights, Balcones Heights, Olmos Park, San Antonio Zoo, Downtown San Antonio, Lackland AFB, Pearsall Park, Macdona, and Von Ormy. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... To repeat, a large, extremely dangerous and potentially deadly tornado is on the ground. To protect your life, TAKE COVER NOW! Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If in a mobile home, a vehicle or outdoors.. Move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris. && LAT...LON 2767 8932 3950 8944 8926 3967 8914 3966 8914 396 8910 3964 8907 TIME...MOT...LOC 2314Z 212DEG 27KT 3950 8934 TORNADO...OBSERVED TORNADO DAMAGE THREAT...APOCALYPTIC HAIL...5.00IN $$ Auten