100 mph thunderstorms derail 86 freight wagons and snap powerline posts in half in Texas
- Fierce winds from a thunderstorm to 100 mph caused a freight train to derail in Texas
- 86 train wagons carrying cargo came off the rails three miles east of Colorado City
- Damage also included five demolished power lines less than a mile south of Interstate 20
- The storm damage was likely the result of rectilinear winds extending about a mile, rather than a tornado
- Another storm about 15 kilometers away caused damage in a cotton field and overturned an irrigation system
Parts of Texas were hit on Tuesday by a severe thunderstorm that was so severe that dozens of freight train wagons derailed.
Sixty-six freight wagons were blown off the rails, and five powerline poles broke in half during the raging storm at Colorado City, about 250 miles west of Dallas.
The National Weather Service described the storm as “rectilinear winds” – caused by a thunderstorm rather than a tornado.
Fierce winds from a thunderstorm of over 80 mph caused a freight train and its 86 cars to derail
The railroad cars carried and eventually got off the rails three miles east of Colorado City
The wind is produced by the downward momentum in the downward area of a thunderstorm and if they exceed 58 mph then storm has been classified as “severe” by the National Weather Service.
“They can reach over 100 mph and are caused by air being dragged down by precipitation,” the NWS reveals. “When the air reaches the ground, it spreads outward over the surface of the land it encounters in a straight line.”
The winds in Tuesday’s storm would have been between 80 and 100 mph.
The train derailed damage in northeastern Mitchell County, Texas. Damage also included five demolished power lines less than a mile south of Interstate 20
Cranes were brought on the scene to put the train wagons back on the track
The storms were followed as they passed through the western part of the state.
Significant damage was seen a few miles east of Colorado City Fox news.
“Because of the wind speed threshold of the train wagons and power pylons, the research team estimated peak wind speeds between 80-100 mph,” said the NWS.
Another storm was followed at close range in a cotton field, which also caused some damage.
The wind in that particular blast was between 65 and 70 mph and toppled over a 750ft long and toppled pivot irrigation system.
The winds in another storm about nine miles away from the first were between 65 and 70 mph and toppled over a 750ft long and toppled pivot irrigation system