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NWS: 7 tornadoes confirmed across East Texas; damage surveys ongoing

The National Weather Service will perform more storm damage surveys to finalize their findings.
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TEXAS, USA — As the second day of surveying comes to a close, preliminary findings from the National Weather Service brings a new total of seven confirmed tornadoes from Friday night's storms.

The first addition coming from Hughes Springs in Cass County where damage aligned with a high-end EF-1 tornado has been confirmed with a max estimated wind speed of 110 MPH. 

A preliminary EF-2 rating was placed on the Hopkins County twister, with damage found southwest of Sulphur Springs. Max winds of 120 MPH.

Closer to the Hopkins/Rains County line an EF-1 tornado has been confirmed with estimated peak winds around 100 mph. Minor damage was found in this area to a car port and large trees. 

Saturday's findings revealed higher end EF-3 damage in Lamar County with max winds estimated to be around 160 MPH. The max width of this twister is believed to be around 1,350 yards, which is equivalent to 11 football fields; It had an estimated path length of roughly 22.3 miles stretching from western Lamar County into Southeast Oklahoma. 

Higher end EF-3 damage was found in Red River County. Originally believed to consist of two separate tornadic tracks, officials confirmed Sunday the EF-3 track was continuous. The tornado touched down west of Clarksville in Red River County and held a continuous path with no breaks as it crossed the River River, moving into McCurtain County to Northeast of Broken Bow, Oklahoma. 

In Camp and Bowie County, damage near Cason has been linked to an EF-2 tornado. With estimated peak winds around 125 MPH, this tornado caused one fatality with the destruction of a manufactured single-wide home. This survey is ongoing in northwestern Cass County and Bowie County to determine if this storm held a continuous track. 

In Henderson County, an EF-2 rating was linked to damage found South of Malakoff to Northeast Athens with peak wind estimation around 115 MPH. 

The Enhanced Fujita Scale (EF Scale) classifies tornadoes into the following categories:

  • EF 0: 65 to 85 MPH
  • EF1: 86 to 110 MPH
  • EF2: 111 to 135 MPH
  • EF3: 136 to 165 MPH
  • EF4: 166 to 200 MPH
  • EF5: >200 MPH
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