NWS Shreveport confirms EF-0 tornado touched down inside Lufkin loop

NWS Shreveport confirms EF-0 tornado touched down inside Lufkin loop
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Based on a damage survey done in Angelina County, the National Weather Service office in Shreveport, Louisiana reported Friday evening that an EF-0 tornado touched down inside the Lufkin loop during the storms that blew through Deep East Texas Wednesday.

The NWS damage assessment team wrapped up its survey on Friday.  In their detailed report that was released Friday evening, they determined this EF-0 touched down at the intersection of Church St. and Grant Avenue at 5:31 p.m.  This is just south of Lufkin Avenue and north of Denman Avenue inside Loop 287.

This tornado then continued to move at a very rapid clip off to the southeast, knocking over power poles and taking down power lines along the way.  A few of these trees fell directly on homes.  The tornado crossed the 287 loop between Highway 69 and CR 841.  Several large trees were uprooted and numerous large branches were broken off as it paralleled Fannie Carrell Road as it continued southeast, eventually crossing CR 841 near Fish Road.

The tornado stayed on the ground and traveled nearly six miles before lifting near the intersection of Glen Gary Road and CR 326 at 5:37 p.m., but not before knocking over several more large trees, one of which landed on a home.

The path width of the tornado was 300 yards and its estimated wind speed was 80 mph, which goes in line with the EF-0 ranking on the Enhanced Fujita Scale.

Residents of Lufkin's Englewood subdivision reported numerous downed trees. Terence Hopkins told East Texas News that what he described as a tornado dropped a large tree into his swimming pool.

The severe weather that blew through the Lufkin area caused numerous problems including downed trees and power lines, an inoperative railroad arm, high water on city streets, and traffic lights that weren't working.

As of 6 p.m. Wednesday, more than 6,600 Oncor customers in Lufkin had lost power.

Out in the county, a large tree fell on a house on McAdams Road, taking out a power line in the process. In addition, a lightning strike is believed to be the cause of a fire that destroyed a vacant house on FM 841.

Despite the numerous power outages and downed trees, no fatalities or injuries were reported with this twister.

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