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At least 4 tornadoes touched down Saturday including deadly EF-2 in Panola County, Texas

One thunderstorm produced at least 4 tornadoes in the ArkLaTex
One thunderstorm produced at least 4 tornadoes in the ArkLaTex(Source: KSLA)
Updated: Mar. 29, 2021 at 2:06 AM CDT
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(KSLA) - A single thunderstorm produced multiple tornadoes from Panola County, Texas to Desoto Parish, Louisiana Saturday evening. The strongest tornado was an EF-2 with peak winds of 125 mph that hit south and east of Carthage, Texas killing one person and injuring another.

TORNADO #1

EF-2 tornado in Panola County, Texas
EF-2 tornado in Panola County, Texas(Source: KSLA)

The first tornado touched down just outside the ArkLaTex at Mount Enterprise in Rusk County, Texas. It crossed into Panola County, Texas around Dotson staying on the ground continuously before lifting just northwest of Gary City. The tornado was an EF-2 with peak winds of 115 mph.

From the National Weather Service (NWS) in Shreveport:

“THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWNED ABOUT 1 MILE SOUTHWEST OF MOUNT ENTERPRISE WHERE IT UPROOTED TREES IN AN OPEN FIELD SOUTHWEST OF TOWN. THE TORNADO CONTINUED ON TO CAUSE SHINGLE DAMAGE ON SEVERAL SINGLE FAMILY HOMES. ONE HOME HAD ITS ROOF MOSTLY REMOVED NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF US-84 AND W 5TH ST. THE TORNADO CONTINUED ONWARD TO DAMAGE A CHURCH STEEPLE AS IT CROSSED US-84. THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO SNAP AND UPROOT TREES AND PRODUCE SHINGLE DAMAGE AS IT PASSED ACROSS THE NORTH SIDE OF MOUNT ENTERPRISE. AFTER MOVING OUT OF MOUNT ENTERPRISE, THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO UPROOT AND SNAP TREES UNTIL IT REACHED SEVERAL RESIDENCES ON THE SHORE OF LAKE MURVAUL. THERE, THE TORNADO INCREASED IN INTENSITY AS IT SNAPPED OR UPROOTED MOST TREES AND DAMAGED THE SHINGLES ON MANY HOMES. THE TORNADO CROSSED LAKE MURVAUL, AND IT WEAKENED AS IT BEGAN TO PRODUCE MORE SPORADIC DAMAGE. A PRELIMINARY ANALYSIS INDICATES THAT THE TORNADO LIFTED AFTER UPROOTING TREES NORTHEAST OF LAKE MURVAUL AND NORTHWEST OF GARY CITY. WHILE THE PRELIM ANALYSIS DOES NOT SHOW A CONTINUOUS TRACK, DATA FROM AERIAL SURVEYS CONDUCTED BY PARTNERS MAY INDICATE THAT THERE WAS ONE CONTINUOUS TRACK TO JUST SOUTH OF CARTHAGE.”

TORNADO #2

EF-2 tornado near Carthage, TX
EF-2 tornado near Carthage, TX(Source: KSLA)

A short time later the storm produced it’s strongest tornado, an EF-2 with peak winds of 125 mph. This tornado was almost a mile wide at it’s peak. It stayed on the ground for almost 17 miles. One person was killed as a result of this tornado.

From the NWS:

“THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR US-59 SOUTH OF CARTHAGE WHERE IT DOWNED AND UPROOTED APPROXIMATELY TEN HARDWOOD AND SOFTWOOD TREES. THE TORNADO INTENSIFIED AS IT RAN PARALLEL TO FM- 2517 AND RIPPED THE ROOF OFF OF A SINGLE FAMILY HOME. THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO COMPLETELY DESTROY 3 METAL OUTBUILDINGS AND SHIFT ANOTHER SINGLE FAMILY HOME OFF OF ITS FOUNDATION. AT THIS LOCATION ALONG CR-405, THE TORNADO TOSSED AN ANTIQUE VEHICLE 50 YARDS AND WRAPPED SHEET METAL AROUND APPROXIMATELY 10 TREES. THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO SNAP LARGE SOFTWOOD TREES ALONG CR- 407. THE TORNADO CROSSED FM-699 AND CAUSED MODERATE ROOF DAMAGE TO A BRICK HOME NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF CR-407 AND CR-408. A SINGLE-WIDE MANUFACTURED HOME UTILIZING A PAN ANCHORAGE SYSTEM WAS PULLED FREE FROM THE ANCHORS, DESTROYED, AND SOME OF THE DEBRIS WAS BLOWN A COUPLE OF HUNDRED YARDS INTO A FIELD TO THE EAST. THE TORNADO WIDENED CONSIDERABLY AND PRODUCED A WIDE SWATH OF SNAPPED TREES NORTH AND SOUTH OF FM-2517, LIKELY NUMBERING WELL INTO THE HUNDREDS, ESPECIALLY IN AN AREA ALONG CR-448. AS THE TORNADO CROSSED HWY 31, A LARGE OUTBUILDING WAS DESTROYED, BUT PORTIONS OF THE WOODEN FRAME REMAINED ANCHORED BY BOLTS TO THE FOUNDATION. IN THIS SAME AREA, A LARGE PINE TREE WAS UPROOTED AND FELL ONTO A SINGLE-WIDE MANUFACTURED HOME KILLING ONE PERSON AND INJURING ANOTHER. THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST SNAPPING AND UPROOTING TREES AS IT TRAVELED NORTH OF FM-2517. IT CROSSED CR-470, CR-471, AND FINALLY LIFTED JUST EAST OF CR-332.”

TORNADO #3

EF-1 tornado near Keachi
EF-1 tornado near Keachi(Source: KSLA)

After the storm crossed into Louisiana it produced a third tornado just west of Keachi in Desoto Parish. This tornado was rated an EF-1 with maximum winds of 93 mph. It was only on the ground for approximately 3.5 miles before lifting.

From the NWS:

“THE TORNADO BEGAN ON HOLMES ROAD BETWEEN HIGHWAYS 168 AND 172. IT TRACKED NORTHEAST AND EVENTUALLY STRADDLED THE CADDO/DE SOTO PARISH LINE. IT LIFTED NEAR THE TRIPLE INTERSECTION OF KEATCHIE-MARSHALL ROAD, PLUTO ROAD, AND MAJESTIC ROAD. DAMAGE CONSISTED ENTIRELY OF SNAPPED AND UPROOTED TREES. A PRELIMINARY SURVEY DOES SHOW A CONTINUOUS TRACK TO THE NORTHEAST. HOWEVER, A FUTURE AERIAL SURVEY COULD VERY WELL INDICATE THIS TORNADO AND TORNADO #4 ARE A CONTINUOUS TRACK.”

TORNADO #4

EF-1 tornado track near Stonewall, LA
EF-1 tornado track near Stonewall, LA(Source: KSLA)

Another tornado moved through the Stonewall area of Desoto Parish. This tornado has been rated and EF-1 with peak winds of 105 mph. It stayed on the ground for a little more than 12 miles before lifting.

From the NWS:

“THIS TORNADO BEGAN IN THE NORTH DESOTO ESTATES SUBDIVISION IN STONEWALL. TWO HOMES SUSTAINED MODERATE ROOF DAMAGE. ON ANN FRANCIS ROAD JUST EAST OF US HWY 171, AN ATTACHED GARAGE OF A HOME WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED AFTER THE TORNADIC WINDS COMPROMISED THE GARAGE DOOR, REMOVED THE ROOF, AND CAUSED COLLAPSE OF EXTERIOR BRICK WALLS, WHICH WERE ONLY LIGHTLY MORTARED TO THE FOUNDATION. THE ROOF WAS LIFTED NEARLY 30 FEET INTO THE AIR AND THROWN CLEAR OVER A SET OF TREES AND INTO A FIELD TO THE NORTHEAST. THE REMAINDER OF THE HOME WAS RELATIVELY UNDAMAGED.THE TORNADO CONTINUED EAST-NORTHEAST OVER OPEN COUNTRY SNAPPING AND UPROOTING TREES. IT TURNED MORE TO THE NORTHEAST AFTER CROSSING INTERSTATE 49 AND PRODUCED MORE CONSISTENT TREE DAMAGE ALONG RODEO DRIVE JUST NORTH OF STONEWALL-FRIERSON ROAD. ROOFING WAS ALSO PEELED BACK FROM A SMALL OUTBUILDING AT THE NORTH END OF RODEO DRIVE. MORE SPORADIC TREE DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED AS THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST. THE TORNADO SNAPPED AND UPROOTED MORE HARDWOOD AND SOFTWOOD TREES AND CAUSED MINOR ROOF DAMAGE TO A HOME ALONG ELLERBE ROAD JUST EAST OF WALLACE LAKE DAM BEFORE LIFTING. FUTURE AERIAL SURVEYS MAY PROVE THIS TO BE A CONTINUOUS TRACK WITH TORNADO #3.”

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