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Was there a tornado Tuesday night?

The photo was taken off of Hwy 155 north of Big Sandy looking towards Gilmer. Lots of low hanging clouds giving an ominous appearance to the approaching storm. The photo was taken off of Hwy 155 north of Big Sandy looking towards Gilmer. Lots of low hanging clouds giving an ominous appearance to the approaching storm.
This was taken in the same spot but looking more to the east than northeast, under the updraft base. Weak rotation was seen but nothing to signal the possibility of a tornado developing. This was taken in the same spot but looking more to the east than northeast, under the updraft base. Weak rotation was seen but nothing to signal the possibility of a tornado developing.
Limbs were being snapped off and a few trees were knocked down along Hwy 80 as we raced east from Big Sandy to Gladewater. Photo taken by Mack and Jeanette Rose of Gilmer. Limbs were being snapped off and a few trees were knocked down along Hwy 80 as we raced east from Big Sandy to Gladewater. Photo taken by Mack and Jeanette Rose of Gilmer.
Photo taken by Mack and Jeanette Rose of Gilmer. Photo taken by Mack and Jeanette Rose of Gilmer.
Photo taken by Mack and Jeanette Rose of Gilmer. Photo taken by Mack and Jeanette Rose of Gilmer.

By Grant Dade - bio | email

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - Tuesday night's storms across East Texas provided much needed rain to many but also brought with them a round of severe weather. Numerous reports of wind damage accompanied these storms as they developed along the I-30 corridor and moved south into the Tyler Longview area. There were even a few reports of hail up to the size of quarters in Upshur County and yours truly experienced penny size hail along Cumberland Road in Tyler.

As the storm continued south it continued to strengthen producing numerous cloud-to-ground lightning strikes and very strong winds. We were continuously buffeted by winds between 50 and 60 mph.

Once in Gladewater we took Hwy 271 southwest towards Tyler. Just south of Interstate 20 we saw a feature that really caught our eye. There appeared to be a tornado on the leading edge of the storm but after watching it for a minute it was easy to see there was no rotation and this feature was what we call scud, or scattered cumulus under deck. Many times this feature will take on the shape of a funnel or tornado. Click here to read more of Grant's blog.

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