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Severe storm leaves 1 dead, multiple hurt in Panola County, Texas

NWS damage surveyors confirm that 2 tornadoes, an EF-2 and an EF-1, hit Cherokee County, Texas
Panola County damage
Panola County damage
Updated: Mar. 28, 2021 at 9:34 PM CDT
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PANOLA COUNTY, Texas (KSLA) — One person died and several people were hurt when a severe storm rolled through Panola County, Texas, on the night of Saturday, March, 27, causing widespread damage.

The National Weather Service sent out two teams Sunday, March 28, to assess damage along the track of a storm that hit Cherokee, Panola and Rusk counties in East Texas northeast through DeSoto Parish, La. They are estimating the track of one storm and the damage associated with it to be at least 100 miles long.

Preliminary results of the damage surveys were expected to available Sunday evening but surveying might need to continue into early this workweek, the Weather Service said.

The damage surveyors already have determined that two tornadoes, an EF-2 and an EF-1, hit Cherokee County, KSLA News 12′s sister station KLTV reports. NWS survey team members report having found at least EF-2 damage along a path 500 yards long. There are numerous snapped or damaged trees, but no structural damage has been reported as yet because they were in a rural area.

For those who are in need of emergency assistance as a result of the tornado last night, please make contact with the...

Posted by Panola County Texas Sheriff's Office on Sunday, March 28, 2021

Panola County Sheriff Kevin Lake said Sunday that Precincts 1 and 4 sustained the most damage with more than 60 trees down in both areas. Crews were working to remove trees, debris and power lines from roadways.

Lake asked residents to be patient as the cleanup continues.

““We’ve got trees down, buildings down; pretty much the whole town is damaged,” a Mount...
““We’ve got trees down, buildings down; pretty much the whole town is damaged,” a Mount Enterprise, Texas, resident told KSLA News 12.(Source: Mark Klein/KSLA News 12)

The American Red Cross had workers in Panola County on Sunday assessing the damage and residents’ needs. Anyone who needs assistance should contact the American Red Cross.

Lake also urged residents to notify his office if they know of anyone who is still unaccounted for.

“If you know of any loved ones still unaccounted for, PLEASE let us know, as we continue to check the welfare of our citizens.”

KSLA’s Chandler Watkins traveled to Panola County shortly after the storm passed through and spoke to a resident who had a tree fall on his home.

In neighboring Rusk County, a Mount Enterprise resident told KSLA News 12: ““We’ve got trees down, buildings down; pretty much the whole town is damaged.”

Damage left from storms March 28, 2021, in the 800 block of Panola County Road 445 at Carthage,...
Damage left from storms March 28, 2021, in the 800 block of Panola County Road 445 at Carthage, Texas.(Source: Kenley Hargett/KSLA News 12)

In Louisiana, KSLA News 12 viewers have submitted photos showing damage at the Sonic Drive-in and elsewhere in Stonewall.

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