TYLER COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A hard-hitting combination of tornadic activity, including a brief EF-1 tornado, and straight-line winds hammered parts of Tyler County when storms blew through Deep East Texas Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.
"There was one small spot southeast of Woodville where an EF-1 tornado occurred, but the vast majority of damage was actually straight-line winds," said Andrew Tingler, a meteorologist with the NWS office in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Tingler said he determined that the tornado happened because the damage was in a confined area. He also based his decision on the fact that trees fell in multiple directions, which indicates circulation.
The NSW also uses technology to enter in information they find.
"There's also an app for that," Tingler explained. "We actually use the application to tell how the winds were blowing by what damage we saw."
The NWS meteorologist said the rest of the damage was caused by straight-line winds because all the trees fell toward the east. Plus, there was a small amount of property damage, Tingler said.
A number of homes in Woodville and the surrounding areas are still without power at this time, but several energy companies are out trying to get the power restored as soon as possible.
Tari Rawls in the Harmony community said her son was sleeping when a tree crashed through their home around 5:55 a.m. Wednesday and landed on her son, who suffered just a scratch to his forehead. She said they waited out the storm before crawling out of a window.
Two massive trees uprooted and landing in her home.
"I'm just very thankful and blessed that my child was alive because I honestly didn't think he was," Rawls said.
The NSW also confirmed that an E-F 1 tornado touched down in Jasper County.
According to their meteorologist, the tornado hit just west of FM 1005, north of the Magnolia Springs area. It uprooted and snapped several trees and one of those trees fell on a house.