Seven tornadoes confirmed in East Texas after overnight Friday storms

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The National Weather Service has confirmed that three tornadoes touched down in East Texas during a line of storms that came through overnight Friday, January 10.

Tornado #1 – Cherokee County

The Cherokee County tornado was confirmed as an Ef-1 with estimated peak winds of 105 mph. The path totaled 0.85 miles which started at 11:21 p.m. and ended at 11:22 p.m.

The tornado touched down on a farm off of County Road 1619, uprooting trees. It also broke windows and partially damages the roof of a home before destroying a shed and damaging the roofs of two more homes. The tornado continued on its path and crossed Hwy 69 where it uprooted more trees and damages the roofs of two more homes before lifting.

Tornado #2 – Nacogdoches County

The Nacogdoches County tornado was confirmed as an EF-1 with estimated peak winds at 100 mph. The path totaled 2.14 miles which started at 11:33 p.m. and ended at 11:36 p.m.

The tornado touched down along CR-723 just south of FM-225 where it broke several large branches in a field of trees. From there it headed east-northeast where it crossed FM-225. The tornado took down a large tree that landed on a mobile home along Sweat Circle, a private road. The damage resulted in one fatality and one injury. It then crossed CR-772 and Russelville Road where it did more damages to trees and minor damages to homes. The tornado continued and crossed CR-719 before lifting near Floyd Harvin Road.

Tornado #3 – Mount Enterprise

The Mount Enterprise tornado was confirmed as an EF-1 with estimated peak winds at 110 mph. The path totaled 4.48 miles which started at 11:43 p.m. and ended at 11:50 p.m.

The tornado touched down along US Hwy 84 near the intersection of CR 4234, snapping and uprooting trees. It continued eastward roughly along US 84, snapping numerous trees in the Reagan Branch bottom. The tornado continues east-northeast as it crossed CR 3223, CR 3226, and CR 3206. Several farm outbuildings were tossed and completely destroyed along CR 3206, with two residences sustaining roof damage before it lifted just northeast of the CR 3206 and CR 3166 intersection.

Tornado #4 – Pollok

The Pollok tornado was confirmed as an EF-1 with peak estimated winds of 90 mph. The path totaled 0.3 miles which started at 11:53 p.m. and ended at 11:54 p.m.

The tornado touched down in a forested area off of Rifle Rd where it broke multiple tree branches. It continued to snap four trees and broke several limbs on several in a convergent pattern. On its path it hit a double wide manufactured home, lifting it up a few feet and shifting it off its foundation. The tornado continued on to flip a trailer and snap four more trees before lifting.

Tornado #5 – Northwest Panola County

The Panola County tornado was confirmed as an EF-1 with estimated peak winds at 110 mph. The path totaled 0.52 miles which started at 12:18 a.m. and ended at 12:19 a.m.

The tornado touched down on a hillside just southwest of FM 959 outside of Tatum. A few pine trees in the confined area had their trunks snapped as the tornado tracked northeast, crossing FM 959. It caused structural roof damage and a few trees were damages before it lifted.

Tornado #6 – Harrison County

The Harrison County Tornado was confirmed as an EF-0 with estimated peak winds at 85 mph. The path totaled 3.05 miles which started at 12:30 a.m. and ended at 12:33 a.m.

The tornado touched down off County Road 2108 and snapped small branches along its path. It then crossed Route 43 and County Road 2600 before lifting near Route 134.

Tornado #7 – Center

The Center tornado was confirmed as an EF-1 with estimated peak winds of 100 mph. The path totaled 6.14 miles which started at 12:39 a.m. and ended at 12:49 a.m.

The tornado touched down just west of Highway 7 and continued east-northeast for roughly six miles. It cut through several neighborhoods on the south side of Center as trees were uprooted and trunks were snapped. As a result, several homes were damaged as trees fell on them. From there, the tornado continued into a rural area on the eastern outskirts of Center scattering trees and causing low structural damages. When the tornado came to 3047 a majority of chicken houses set up had roof paneling removed and fundamental structure damage. At this point the tornado lifted.

Straight-line wind damage in Alto

Damages were reported in Alto and confirmed to be caused by straight-line winds.

Straight-line wind damage in Kilgore

Damages were reported in SSW Kilgore and confirmed to be caused by straight-line winds.

Damage pattern was found on a metal outbuilding that had its roof partially torn off along with a trailer that was tipped over off TX-101 Spur/Woodlawn St. More damage was found along Meadowgreen Dr. and Idylwood Dr. where approximately eight single-family homes and two apartment buildings had roof damage. Also in the area, trees were snapped and uprooted.

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