A line of severe Thunderstorms raced across East Texas Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning bringing strong winds, hail, and even an EF-1 tornado which touched down in Northwestern Smith County and traveled along the ground for 6.8 miles into Southern Wood County. This tornado was formed from a phenomenon we call a "bookend vortex." If you look at the short radar loop(shown to the right) of the storms as they moved through parts of East Texas, you will notice they take on the shape of a bow, or "bow echo." This is because near the center of the line of storms very strong winds are punching in, causing the line to race forward in the center forming the bow shape. It is here where you usually find the strongest wind in some cases over 80mph. This is what caused the damage in the Sunrise Shores area of Henderson County. These strong winds continued to race east affecting parts of Smith County causing widespread power outages and tree damage.