Pollok family survives tornado that knocked home off its foundation

NWS: Home was hit by an EF-1 tornado during last week’s storms

Pollok family survives tornado that knocked home off its foundation

POLLOK, Texas (KTRE) - Six people were inside a home in Pollok when a tornado knocked it off its foundation on Jan. 10. Thankfully, no one was hurt.

The National Weather Service confirmed Thursday that an EF-1 tornado hit the Pollok area when the last round of storms blew through East Texas last week.

The NWS team in Shreveport spoke with the homeowner about the family’s next steps.

“We will start the cleanup process as soon as we are able to, and we’re definitely going to do a site-built home with a foundation, " said homeowner Shay Smith. "Preferably metal, that way we never have to live through this again.”

Shay and her family are staying with other family members as they work to clean up and make repairs.

Tornado and straight line winds from Jan. 10 & 11 storms
Tornado and straight line winds from Jan. 10 & 11 storms (Source: First Alert Weather Center)

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