Tornado

Ten weak tornadoes were surveyed this weekend by the National Weather Service in Shreveport following Saturday’s tornado event, including two in Columbia and Nevada counties.

All of the storms received ratings of either EF1, EF0 or were simply designated as tornadoes that were too weak to be assigned a rating. The EF, or “Enhanced Fujita Scale,” classifies tornado strengths up to EF5.

An EF0 storm has wind speeds between 65-85 mph and causes light damage. An EF1 storm has winds between 86-110 mph and causes moderate damage.

There were no injuries in any of the storms.

An EF1 storm with 100 mph winds struck northwest of Waldo at 5:39 p.m. Saturday. It was 2.65 miles long and 50 yards wide. It started 4 miles north-northwest of Waldo and ended at 5:42 p.m. 5 miles south-southwest of Willisville.

It was the strongest of Saturday’s storms in the area.

The tornado first touched down along Columbia Road 31 where it snapped and broke limbs on hardwood trees. The tornado continued on to uproot approximately 10 trees and flip a car near a residence along Columbia Road 104.

The tornado reached its maximum intensity when it snapped trees as it crossed Arkansas 355. It then uprooted a few more trees, crossing Nevada 2, and then lifting.

Another EF1 storm started about 5:56 p.m. 2 miles southeast of Bodcaw. Winds reached 90 mph. The path was 40 yards wide and ran for 1.92 miles before ending at 5:58 p.m. 1 mile east of Bodcaw.

The tornado uprooted a few trees and downed limbs as it crossed Arkansas 32. It continued near Nevada 15 to pick up a metal overhang and threw it approximately 150 yards over a home and into a nearby field. The tornado also uprooted and snapped several hardwood and softwood trees near this location.

It uprooted about 5 more trees as it crossed Nevada 15 and then lifted near the intersection of Nevada 120 and Nevada 15.

A brief summary of the other Saturday storms:

Northwest of Mount Vernon in Franklin County, TX, 1:33 p.m. EFO storm with peak winds of 85 mph. It was 30 yards wide and ran for 0.64 miles at a location 6 miles northwest of Mount Vernon. It partially damaged a single-family home.

Northwest of Domino in Cass County, TX, 3:37 p.m. There was no rating for the tornado, which was 40 yards wide and ran for 2.63 miles from 4 miles west-northwest of Domino to 4 miles southeast of Redwater. The tornado moved over Wright Patman Lake as a waterspout and was well documented on video, but no damage was surveyed.

Northwest of Tom in McCurtain County, OK, 4:02 p.m. The EF0 storm had winds of 70 mph. It was 20 yards wide and ran for only 0.13 miles 4 miles west-northwest of Tom. It briefly touched down on Mudline Road.

Southwest of Foreman in Little River County, 4:52 p.m. The storm was not rated. It was 20 yards wide and 2.24 miles long, running from 5 miles southwest of Foreman to 5 miles southeast of Tom, OK. The storm touched down in an open field and caused no damage.

Northeast of Leary in Bowie County, TX, 5:05 p.m. The EF1 storm had winds of 95 mph and was 30 yards wide. It had a 0.19-mile path 3 miles northeast of Leary. It tore off portions of a roof of a single-family home.

East of Texarkana, 5:16 p.m. An EF1 storm with 100 mph winds was 2.21 miles long and 30 yards wide from 9 miles east of Texarkana to 8 miles east-northeast of Texarkana. It touched down along Miller 21 and Miller 116, uprooting trees and snapping an electrical utility pole. It damaged one single-family home.

West of Fulton in Little River County, 5:36 p.m. The EF0 storm was 20 yards wide and less than a tenth of a mile in length 6 miles west of Fulton. It touched down briefly and damaged the roof of one home.

East of Blevins, 6:47 p.m. An EF0 storm had winds of 70 mph and was 20 yards wide it ran for 0.47 miles at a location 3 miles east of Blevins. It touched down briefly.

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