NWS confirms EF-1 tornado hit San Augustine Co.

Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A meteorologist with the National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-1 tornado struck the Anthony Harbor neighborhood in San Augustine County on Saturday.

Tuesday marks four days of clean-up for the folks of Anthony Harbor. The small community just off FM 83 in San Augustine County was once home to several decades-old oak trees. Many of those trees now snapped into pieces.

"One just missed our bedroom on the side and one missed the trailer there, so the good Lord was looking over everybody in this whole harbor that's all I can say," said Alvina Sickels, a 16-year resident.

Severe weather struck leaving many without a doubt knowing this was the work of a tornado.

"Oh, no, no, no! Not with the way all these trees were because before this was all cleaned up, you could see all the different directions, they were just snapped off at the top to where it was just unbelievable," Sickels said.

And early Tuesday afternoon, meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Shreveport made the trip to East Texas to confirm just that.

"It appears it initially touched down on the very back entrance of Anthony Harbor from where the lake comes into the subdivision here. The tornado did intensify and actually widened here as it crossed FM 83," said Jason Hansford, a senior meteorologist with NWS.

The powerful EF-1 leaving behind in its path multiple car ports now reduced to shreds.

"Winds at least in this area of the tornado track are estimated between 95 and 105 miles per hour," Hansford said.

"It was frightening, it really was, but by the grace of God we got through it," said Gary Handel, a 10-year resident.

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