On Saturday, two tornado-related fatalities broke a record long streak for the amount of days without tornado deaths.
The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF-2 tornado ended the life of a 79 year old woman Saturday afternoon in Logan County, Kentucky, which marks the first U.S tornado death since May 16, 2017. This was a 283-day long streak that sadly ended yesterday.
The 2nd longest known record was 220 days, dating back to mid 2012, lasting through January 2013.
Better warnings, better lead times, better understanding, better knowledge, and sheer luck are the main factors as to why the streak lasted so long. Hopefully, a new and hopefully longer streak begins today.
However, severe weather appears likely on Wednesday, which could bring damaging winds and tornadoes to the Deep South. Stay tuned...
Update - Three tornado touchdowns were confirmed during a damage survey this afternoon from this morning's batch of strong thunderstorms. Luckily, all of them had winds below 90 mph. Here is the latest from the NWS Fort Worth...
Godley (Johnson County)
This tornado began just south of FM 917 just west of Wild Berry Trail in northwestern Johnson County. This tornado produced a narrow path of damage to the northeast, damaging several manufactured homes and destroying at least two homes. Several other homes suffered roof damage. Two people were injured.
Joshua (Johnson County)
This brief tornado occurred just to the east of the city of Joshua, also along FM 917, but just east of Johnson County Road 803. One home suffered major roof damage, while several vehicles and trees were damaged.
DeSoto (Dallas County)
This brief tornado began on the south side of Eagle Drive, just north of a football stadium. This tornado produced a narrow swath of damage to the northeast, significantly damaging several homes, including one that lost a garage roof.