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NWS confirms EF2 tornado causes damage in Harrison Co., TX

A photo of a possible tornado in Harrison County. (Source: QE via the National Weather Service Shreveport) A photo of a possible tornado in Harrison County. (Source: QE via the National Weather Service Shreveport)
HARRISON CO., TX (KSLA/KLTV) -

The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado touched down in Harrison County Sunday night.

The Harrison County Sheriff's Office says the tornado was reported in Pope City, northeast of Marshall, off of Farm-to-Market 1793, as well as along Alice Calloway Rd. and Suburban Acres.

The National Weather Service had crews in the area to assess the damage Monday morning. Just before 11:30 a.m., the crews estimated that an EF2 touched down on FM 1793 north of Marshall.

Dean Richardson says his house was hit by a tornado and it demolished his barn.

"We just had a tornado and I saw it coming," said Richardson.

"I got the great grand kids, the grand kids and my wife in the hall and it hit," he said.  

Richardson has a Jefferson, Texas address, off Blackjack road, but lives in Harrison County, Texas just north of Marshall.

The weather did significant damage to the front of Richardson's house.

Shards of glass littered Richardson's living room from a blown out window.

"It was gone in an instant," said Richardson.

"You heard all the popping when the porches went and all the timber fell. When the barn went you could hear a loud roar, like a loud train and within 15 to 20 seconds it was all over," he said. 

The darkness mostly hid the debris surrounding Richardson's house but an occasional lightning strike lit up the destruction.  

In Richardson's driveway a fallen tree landed on two parked cars, one of them was a new Suburban. 

"Probably the loss of the barn is the most damage," said Richardson. "The big barn been here over a 100 years. It wasn't an ordinary barn. And of course the house has a tremendous amount of damage but we didn't lose what was in the house, we didn't lose any lives, praise the Lord,  I'm glad I went to Sunday school and church this morning."

Richardson says he plans to assess more of the damage and take necessary steps with insurance in the morning, when there's better visibility. 

Parts of FM, 1791 were reportedly impassable due to downed trees and power lines, but they have since reopened. 

Plenty of people are now forced to rebuild following Sunday's storm.

"I heard a noise and I told her, get in the pantry, we're getting in the pantry now," said storm victim Sandy Keasler.

Keasler relied on her pantry to shield her from the 136 mph winds.

"We felt the house lift up, we heard a couple of bangs, it lasted a good 15 seconds,"

Keasler watched her floor move right under her feet only to leave the pantry to find newly formed holes in her home.

"We opened up the door looked out, half of the house next door is gone we don't know where it is"

"Were pretty much standing in the path, where you see it's kind of like a lawn mower went through here, this is the path," said National Weather Service official Brandy Hughes.

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