Atmospheric Archive: April 28
April 28, 2006: Downburst wind, Cooke County: Era and Lindsay east to Gainesville
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A damage survey conducted by the National Weather Service in Fort Worth found that a downburst occurred in Cooke County. Widespread wind damage occurred to mobile homes and outbuildings, and several permanent buildings sustained roof damage. Mobile homes were flipped over by the strong winds. Several stout metal factory-type buildings and airport hangars were damaged...some severely. Many trees were destroyed around Lindsay by the same storm complex.
Fifteen planes at the Gainesville Municipal Airport were damaged as they smashed into each other. The roof of a motel was blown off just west of Interstate 35, and a porch of another motel just east of the Interstate was torn off. Interstate 35 was shut down in both directions with debris covering the road. Power lines, signs, and trees were also mangled. Garage doors were blown inside out. Wind speeds were generally 60-70 MPH, but ranged as high as 90 MPH based on the damage sustained.
Golfball-sized hail also damaged many cars and broke windows out of some buildings.
Baseball sized hail hit Whitesboro a short time later the same evening. Winds to 70mph in Southmayd downed trees from this same cell as it tracked eastward. Total damages exceeded a million dollars.
Nickel size hail fell in Ardmore, but all of the damaging weather stayed south of the Red River during this event.