National Weather Service confirms three EF-0 tornadoes in East Texas

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 1:06 PM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - The National Weather Service has confirmed three EF-0 tornadoes touched down in East Texas, two in Cherokee County and one on the southwest side of Tyler on Tuesday.

Tornado in Tyler (Source: NWS)
Tornado in Tyler (Source: NWS)(NWS)

Meteorologists with the NWS surveyed the damage on Tuesday.

Lindsey Park was the location where much damage occurred in Tyler, including destroying goal posts and knocking down a large tree.

According to the NWS report, the first tornado hit the southwest part of Tyler at 9:11 a.m. and reached winds of 80 miles per hour. The tornado was on the ground for 1.65 miles and it was 40 yards wide.

“The tornado touched down in Lindsey Park and crossed TX- 364 Spur,” the NWS report states. “In Lindsey Park, the tornado was observed by several people, including a youth soccer organization which sheltered in restrooms nearby. The tornado damaged several soccer goals and bleachers nearby before uprooting a tree and downing limbs on two other trees. The tornado continued to cross Greenbriar Lake and then Bellwood Lake before lifting. The tornado was also documented with video by several members of the public. A special thanks goes out to Smith County Emergency Management and the Texas Division of Emergency Management for relaying the reports and sharing damage locations.”

The second tornado was northeast of Rusk and reached wind speeds of 70 miles per hour. It was on the ground for a quarter mile and was 20 yards wide. It hit the area at 10:02 a.m.

EF-0 in Cherokee County (Source: NWS)
EF-0 in Cherokee County (Source: NWS)(NWS)

“The tornado briefly touched down as it was crossing US Highway 84 northeast of Rusk,” the report stated. “It broke small limbs on a couple of hardwood and softwood trees and also left two power poles leaning.”

The third hit at 10:23 a.m. in Reklaw. It reached wind speeds of 80 and was on the ground for less than a tenth of a mile.

EF-0 in Reklaw (Source: NWS)
EF-0 in Reklaw (Source: NWS)(NWS)

“The tornado briefly touched down at Ramey Plant Farm,” the report states. “There, it collapsed the metal lining structure of two greenhouses before breaking several large branches on a mature hardwood tree. The tornado lifted as it crossed TX-204. At the Reklaw City Hall, intense ear pressure was experienced by one of the city workers as the tornado passed nearby.”

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