National Weather Service storm surveys from January 20th
Posted by Michael Hetrick
EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - The National Weather Service has completed storm surveys for the damaging storms that occured Wednesday evening, January 20th.
Field meteorologists from the NWS Forecast Office in Ft. Worth and Shreveport confirmed 9 tornadoes touched down with the powerful storms. Below are the findings of the survey, sorted by alphabetical order:
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE COMPLETED A DAMAGE SURVEY IN HARRISON COUNTY TEXAS...AND CADDO PARISH LOUISIANA. AN EF3 TORNADO FIRST TOUCHED DOWN NEAR WASKOM...TEXAS IN A WOODED AREA WEST OF IRELAND WILLIAMS ROAD. THE TORNADO QUICKLY INTENSIFIED AS IT APPROACHED INTERSTATE 20 NEAR MILE MARKER 628 WHERE 2 BUSINESSES WERE DESTROYED ON BOTH THE SOUTH AND NORTH SERVICES ROADS. ONE OF THE BUSINESSES WAS A METAL BUILDING AND THE OTHER WAS A MOBILE HOME. ONE HOME WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED WITH ONLY A FEW INTERIOR WALLS REMAINING. A SECOND HOME SUSTAINED MAJOR DAMAGE TO THE ROOF AND CARPORT. DEBRIS WAS SCATTERED ACROSS INTERSTATE 20 AND HWY 80. SEVERAL OTHER HOMES WERE DAMAGED FURTHER EAST ALONG BOTH SIDES OF THE SERVICE ROAD. MANY TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED IN THE AREA...SOME WERE SNAPPED DOWN CLOSE TO THE BASE. THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST...CROSSING BELLVIEW ROAD INTO JONESVILLE...TEXAS WHERE A GROCERY STORE ROOF WAS PEELED BACK AND WALLS WERE BLOWN OUT OF A LARGE WAREHOUSE. THE TORNADO ALSO DAMAGED SOME METAL BUILDINGS NORTH OF JONESVILLE ALONG FM 134. THE TORNADO TRACKED EAST ACROSS A WOODED AREA...SNAPPING AND UPROOTING TREES CROSSING FM 9...AND THEN HEADED EAST INTO CADDO PARISH IN LOUISIANA. A WEAKENED TORNADO CONTINUED EAST...CROSSING GREENWOOD MOORINGSPORT ROAD WHERE SEVERAL TREES WERE UPROOTED AND CONTINUED EAST OVER PORTIONS OF WESTERN CROSS LAKE BEFORE LIFTING SOUTHWEST OF BLANCHARD...LOUISIANA. MAXIMUM WINDS WERE ESTIMATED BETWEEN 150-160 MPH WITH A PATH LENGTH OF 15.6 MILES AND A PATH WIDTH OF 0.75 MILES.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE COMPLETED A DAMAGE SURVEY IN HARRISON COUNTY TEXAS NEAR HARLETON...TEXAS. AN EF1 TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ALONG CENTRAL AVENUE...UPROOTING TREES AND CAUSING MINOR DAMAGE TO AWNINGS ON HOMES ALONG THE STREET. THE TORNADO TRAVELED NORTHEAST AND UPROOTED MORE TREES AND CAUSED MINOR ROOF AND STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO 2 BRICK BUILDINGS AND ONE METAL BUILDING ALONG HWY 154. THE TORNADO LIFTED JUST ACROSS HWY 154. WINDS WERE ESTIMATED AT 95 TO 105 MPH. THE PATH LENGTH WAS 0.5 MI...AND THE WIDTH WAS 50 YARDS.
AN NWS STORM SURVEY TEAM SURVEYED DAMAGE ACROSS HENDERSON COUNTY ON THURSDAY JANUARY 21 2010. THE DAMAGE OCCURRED ON WEDNESDAY JANUARY 20. THE SURVEY FOUND A DISCONTINUOUS DAMAGE PATH FOR A TOTAL OF SEVEN MILES ACROSS SOUTHERN HENDERSON COUNTY.
TWO TORNADO TRACKS WERE OBSERVED. THE FIRST TORNADO STARTED SOUTH OF THE CITY OF LARUE AND TRACKED EAST NORTHEAST. EXTERIOR WALLS COLLAPSED ON SOME STRUCTURES. THIS TORNADO WAS RATED EF2 ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE WITH ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WINDS AROUND 130 MPH. ESTIMATED PATH WIDTH WAS 200 YARDS.
THE SECOND TORNADO STARTED NEAR POYNOR AND TRACKED NORTHEAST TOWARD COFFEE CITY. A MOBILE HOME WAS DISLODGED AND A WOOD FRAMED HOME HAD SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE. TREE DAMAGE WAS NOTED ALONG A THREE MILE PATH WITH AN AVERAGE WIDTH OF ABOUT 100 YARDS. THIS TORNADO WAS RATED EF1 ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE WITH ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS IN THE 90 TO 100 MPH RANGE.
AN NWS STORM SURVEY TEAM SURVEYED DAMAGE IN HOPKINS COUNTY ON THURSDAY JANUARY 21 2010. THE DAMAGE OCCURRED ON WEDNESDAY JANUARY 20. THE SURVEY FOUND TWO PATHS OF DAMAGE INDICATIVE OF A DISCONTINUOUS TORNADO TRACK. BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF COHERENT DAMAGE BETWEEN THE PATHS...THE PRELIMINARY FINDINGS WILL LIST THE PATHS AS SEPARATE TORNADOES.
THE FIRST TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN AROUND 615 PM APPROXIMATELY 4 MILES SOUTHWEST OF SULPHUR SPRINGS. THE TORNADO TRACKED TO THE EAST- NORTHEAST FOR 1.5 MILES. ONE MOBILE HOME WAS DESTROYED...RESULTING IN INJURIES TO TWO OF ITS OCCUPANTS. IN ADDITION...A PRE-FABRICATED METAL BUILDING ON STATE HIGHWAY 19 (JUST SOUTH OF COUNTY ROAD 174) SUSTAINED CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE. THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH THE UPPER END OF THE EF0 RATING ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE...WITH WIND SPEEDS ESTIMATED AT NEAR 80 MPH.
THE SECOND TORNADO PATH BEGAN ONE MILE SOUTH OF THE CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT OF SULPHUR SPRINGS AROUND 630 PM...AND CONTINUED 1.5 MILES TO THE NORTHEAST. DURING THE 10 MINUTES THE TORNADO WAS ON THE GROUND...AROUND 50 HOMES SUFFERED SOME DEGREE OF ROOF DAMAGE...TWO OF WHICH SUSTAINED MORE SEVERE DAMAGE AFTER BEING IMPALED BY LARGE TREE BRANCHES. THIS DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH SPEEDS OF 80 TO 85 MPH...ALSO ON THE UPPER END OF THE EF0 RATING.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE COMPLETED A DAMAGE SURVEY IN SABINE COUNTY...TEXAS...NEAR GENEVA. AN EF1 TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ALONG FM 330 TOPPLING AND UPROOTING SEVERAL LARGE TREES. ONE HOME HAD MINOR ROOF DAMAGE ALONG WITH MOST OF ITS SHINGLES STRIPPED OFF...WHILE ANOTHER HAD ITS OUTSIDE STORAGE SHED DESTROYED. WINDS WERE ESTIMATED TO BE FROM 95 TO 105 MPH. THE PATH LENGTH WAS 500 YARDS...AND THE WIDTH WAS 150 YARDS.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE COMPLETED A DAMAGE SURVEY IN SMITH COUNTY...TEXAS...NEAR NOONDAY. A WEAK EF0 TORNADO FIRST TOUCHED DOWN IN A SUBDIVISION ALONG SOUTHERN TRACE CIRCLE WHERE SHINGLES WERE PEELED OFF SEVERAL HOMES AND A TRAMPOLINE WAS THROWN UP ONTO A HOME. SEVERAL FENCES WERE ALSO BLOWN DOWN. THE TORNADO CONTINUED EAST ONTO WALNUT HILL DRIVE WHERE SPORADIC TREE DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED AS WELL AS MINOR DAMAGE TO SEVERAL HOMES ALONG THE STREET. MAXIMUM WINDS WERE 65-70 MPH. PATH LENGTH WAS 1.5 MILES WITH A PATH WIDTH OF 75 YARDS.
VAN ZANDT COUNTY
AN NWS STORM SURVEY TEAM SURVEYED DAMAGE ACROSS VAN ZANDT COUNTY ON THURSDAY JANUARY 21 2010. THE DAMAGE OCCURRED ON WEDNESDAY JANUARY 20. THE DAMAGE PATH STARTED ON THE NORTHWEST SIDE OF CANTON NORTH OF HIGHWAY 64 AND JUST WEST OF FM859. THE DAMAGE PATH ENDS IN THE SILVER LAKE AREA IN THE EXTREME NORTHEAST CORNER OF VAN ZANDT COUNTY.
IT IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME IF THERE IS A SINGLE CONTINUOUS DAMAGE PATH OR IF THERE ARE TWO OR MORE SHORTER PATHS ACROSS VAN ZANDT COUNTY.
ALONG THE DAMAGE PATH...A SINGLE FAMILY HOME LOST ITS ENTIRE ROOF AND PART OF ITS EXTERIOR WALLS. A NUMBER OF LARGE TREES WERE UPROOTED...AND SEVERAL SHEDS AND OUTBUILDINGS WERE DAMAGED TO VARIOUS DEGREES. A CHURCH WAS DESTROYED IN THE COMMUNITY OF STARR.
EYEWITNESS REPORTS...RADAR INFORMATION...AND DAMAGE PATTERNS SUGGEST THAT A TORNADO WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE. BASED ON THE SURVEY...THE TORNADO HAS BEEN ASSIGNED AN EF2 ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE WITH PEAK WINDS IN THE 110 TO 120 MPH RANGE.
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