NWS confirms EF-1 tornado touched down in Chapel Hill area

NWS confirms EF-1 tornado touched down in Chapel Hill area

SMITH AND HARRISON COUNTY, TEXAS (KLTV) - The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-1 tornado touched down in the Chapel Hill area on Saturday.

A survey team went out on Monday morning to the Chapel Hill area in Smith County where a funnel cloud was reportedly sighted during Saturday’s storms.

They reported the tornado touched down around 5:45 p.m., near the junction of Highway 64 east and Spur 248. Their preliminary assessment shows the tornado was on the ground for approximately three-quarters of a mile to a mile. Maximum sustained winds were estimated at 90 mph.

The survey team reported they would have a better measurement once they return to the office and take a look at the data.

NWS said a tornado warning was issued at 5:23 p.m. and there was about 20 to 25 minutes of lead time before the tornado touched down.

Reported damage consisted of uprooted trees, shingle damage, and large branches broken.

The NWS team was also sent to Harrison County where they surveyed the area between Hallsville and Marshall.

RAW: Storms cause substantial damage in Harrison County

They said straight-line wind damage was confirmed south of Marshall, just off of Interstate 20. The team reported the estimated wind speeds were about 70 mph.

The severe storms left substantial damage throughout East Texas along with power outages and flooded roadways.

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