East Texas (Fox 51) — The National Weather Service has finished their surveys of damage from the thunderstorms that rolled through East Texas Monday, February 18th. They concluded that several tornadoes touched down in our region.
Tornado #1 was reported 7 miles southeast of Kilgore, Texas just after 5 p.m. It was rated an EF-0 with peak winds of 70 mph. Several large branches and a hardwood tree were snapped along County Roads 281 and 283.
Tornado #2 occurred after p.m. 9 miles east-southeast of Kilgore, Texas. It was also rated an EF-0 with peak winds of 70 mph. A brief touch-down snapped the tops out of several pine trees along Highway 322 near Barnes Creek.
Tornado #3 was 9 miles west of Tatum, Texas just before 5:30 p.m. Winds peaked at 70 mph and it was also rated an EF-0. A pine tree was uprooted along with several tops of pine trees snapped along County Road 2126 and FM 782.
Tornado #4 was reported just before 6:00 p.m. 4 miles north-northeast of Beckville, Texas. Just slightly stronger, this tornado was still rated an EF-0, but had peak winds of 75 mph. Numerous large limbs and a few trees were snapped along FM 1794. Several pictures of the funnel were also captured by witnesses.
Tornado #5 occurred just after p.m. 9 miles north of Carthage, Texas. It was rated an EF-0 with winds peaking at 70 mph. Numerous large limbs and a few pine trees were snapped along FM 1794 just south of the Sabine River.
Tornado #6 touched down after p.m. 10 miles north-northeast of Carthage, Texas. Winds peaked at 70 mph and it was also rated an EF-0. The brief touch-down snapped a small hardwood tree along County Road 307.
Tornado #7 was 9 miles northeast of Carthage, Texas just after p.m. in the evening. Also an EF-0, winds peaked at 75 mph. Two pine trees were snapped along FM 31 near the County Road 316 intersection.