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The Tarrent County Tornadoes of March 28, 2000

Written by  Gifford F. ýSkipý Ely and revised by Gary R. Woodall November 20, 2007

During the evening of March 28, 2000, a severe weather outbreak across parts of north Texas produced eight tornadoes, including two strong tornadoes in and near Fort Worth (Tarrant County). The storms in Tarrant County seriously damaged six commercial buildings, destroyed 171 homes, and damaged over 1500 others. All tolled, damage estimates ranged between $400 and $450 million. Five people were killed, and dozens injured.The National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office in Fort Worth has considerable experience in dealing with severe weather. Located in the southern Great Plains, the area serviced by the Fort Worth office experiences sometimes-violent thunderstorm events. Tarrant County, in which the cities of Fort Worth and Arlington are located, experienced major hailstorms in the springs of 1992, 1994, and 1995. However, the county had not suffered a tornado-related fatality since before 1950.

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