The NWS has released information on the path of a tornado and straight line winds in Harrison County early Wednesday morning.
According to the NWS, an EF-0 tornado embedded within a line of thunderstorms briefly touched down along Highway 450. Trees were uprooted and branches broken in a convergent pattern which, when paired with radar data, to the confirmation of a tornado.
The tornado’s wind speeds reached an estimated peak of 85 mph. It traveled a path of about 0.18 miles and had a path width of about 70 yards at its maximum.
Straight line winds were determined based off the eastward orientation of uprooted trees, snapped trees, and downed branches.
Numerous trees fell into homes, with the majority of the damage focused along Highway 154. The most significant structural damage was found along Haynes Road west of Nesbitt, where a barn and car port had their metal panels completely removed from their roofs with the metal wrapped around nearby trees.
Structural damage on Haynes Road was in a divergent pattern which helped confirm that damage was from straight line winds.
HARRISON COUNTY, Texas (KETK) – The National Weather Service confirms an EF-0 tornado touched down Wednesday morning in Harrison County.
The National Weather Service survey team says the EF-0 tornado hit a small area near Harleton, Texas on FM 450. EF-0 tornado wind speeds can be 65-85 mph.
The National Weather Service says most of the damage in Nesbitt, Texas was due to straight line winds. The wind speeds topped 90 miles per hour.
No injuries were reported.
The National Weather Service will determine if damage from the early morning storms in Harrison County was caused by a tornado.
The survey team will be going to Nesbitt, Texas and then will travel east to the Marshall area.
The storms have left thousands of SWEPCO customers without power.
- Fruitvale: 63
- Gilmer: 193
- Gladewater: 374
- Grand Saline: 330
- Kilgore: 1,065
- Longview: 1,621
- Marshall: 5,572
- Mineola: 55