NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The National Weather Service in Shreveport has confirmed a fifth tornado during Saturday’s storms, this one near Chireno.
The NWS says the tornado was an EF-1 and was located southwest of Chireno. The tornado began at 2:38 p.m., three miles southwest of Chireno in Nacogdoches County. It ended two miles southwest of Chireno.
According to the NWS, the tornado touched down along County Road 442 a few miles southwest of Chireno, where numerous trees were snapped or uprooted in a heavily wooded area. It continued northeast along and across County Road 443.
The tornado lifted just east of CR 443, although the rear flank downdraft from the storm tore off a 100-foot section of tin roofing from a vacant chicken house just off of CR 442, the NWS said.
Portions of three other vacant chicken houses were partially lifted up about two inches. Damaging straight line winds of 80-85 mph from this same storm uprooted a tree in front of the Chireno ISD building on Main Street. Numerous trees were also downed in a NNE direction along Highway 27, one to two miles east of Chireno near the San Augustine County line, the NWS said.
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