The National Weather Service provided more details on an EF-1 tornado that hit southeast Harrison County early Tuesday.
Assessment of a possible tornado that struck northwest Marion County is still ongoing, the NWS said.
“Early findings from this damage survey are preliminary and the storm investigation will continue tomorrow in Marion and Cass counties in eastern Texas,” the NWS said. “TDEM has reported 5 additional injuries in Marion County and while the trail likely continues in the field, the team has not yet inspected this area.”
Champs Elysees Tornado
The NWS said the tornado, with an estimated peak wind of 90 mph and a maximum width of 200 yards, traveled about 6.6 miles from an area 11 miles south of Scottsville to 13 miles south- west of Waskom. He remained on the ground for approximately 11 minutes.
“The tornado first touched down on Blocker Road and snapped and uprooted resinous trees,” the NWS said. “The tornado continued to cross County Road 1320, County Road 1312, FM 31, and County Road 1202 before lifting. Along its path, it primarily uprooted approximately 20 trees in a converging pattern with less than 10 broken trees.
“Special thanks to Harrison County Emergency Management for their assistance in locating damage along the tornado’s track,” the NWS said.
Marion County Damage Assessment
The National Weather Service is assessing an area in Marion County where county officials said about 60 homes were damaged late Monday night.
The tornado’s trail begins in central and northeast Upshur County, where the NWS said it was an EF-2 that could eventually be upgraded to an EF-3. This tornado traveled at least 20 miles and had a maximum width of 700 meters and peak winds of 135 mph.
“The EF-scale assessment is preliminary and further aerial examination of damage to structures in Upshur County as well as additional damage surveyed northeast of this pathway may require an intensity upgrade.” EF-3,” the NWS said.