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NWS tentatively upgrades Texas tornado to 'higher severity' EF-2 – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

The National Weather Service said the tornado that touched down in Valley View on Saturday night was classified as an “upper-level EF-2” with maximum sustained winds of 217 km/h, according to preliminary estimates.

Jennifer Dunn, a meteorologist with the NWS, said at Governor Greg Abbott's afternoon briefing on Sunday that there was no confirmation yet of how many tornadoes touched down overnight, but several survey teams were on the way to assess the damage caused by the storm.

“We're still not entirely sure how many tornadoes there were,” Dunn said. “It's a puzzle piece we need to put together, because that circulation paused and reformed a few times.”

Dunn said the area near Valley View saw the most severe storm damage, but more work is needed to determine the final classification of this tornado.

Jennifer Dunn (left), a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, gives a briefing with Texas Governor Greg Abbott (right), Sunday, May 26, 2024, in Valley View, Texas.

“Here in the Valley View area, where we are right now, is one of our highest rated areas. We're rating it as an EF-2 with winds approaching 135 mph,” Dunn said. “We still have work to do over the next one to three days to determine the number of tornadoes and find additional ratings.”

The wind rating, Dunn said, is a preliminary maximum wind speed rating.

Dunn has not yet received reports on the damage the storm caused as it passed through Montague, Denton and Collin counties. She said NWS survey teams may expand their investigation to include parts of Hunt County.