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Rain and Ongoing Flood Concerns in Texas

Pockets of moderate to heavy rain will persist in Texas and possibly extend into the weekend. Gulf of Mexico moisture continues to overrun a stationary front to produce waves of precipitation. The most vulnerable location is the saturated Hill Country in central Texas. A secondary area of heavy rainfall is also expected along the southern and central Texas Gulf Coast. Read More >

Overview

On April 9, 2015, a powerful spring storm system brought severe weather to a large part of the Central United States including portions of the ArkLaTex. Severe thunderstorms first developed during the early afternoon and affected portions of Southern Arkansas. Additional storms developed west and southwest into East Texas. Several reports of possible tornado damage were received from two different thunderstorms. One storm produced damage from between Bullard, TX, and Jacksonville, TX, with several reports of damage coming from near Mixon, TX. A second storm affected the northeast side of Longview, TX, and tracked north of Hallsville, TX.

A damage survey team from the National Weather Service office in Shreveport, LA, was deployed to investigate on April 10. Two EF1 tornadoes have been confirmed from Longview to north of Hallsville. An EF2 tornado was confirmed near the communities of Mount Selman and Mixon in northern Cherokee County. Details from the survey can be found below. The survey information should be considered preliminary and subject to change.

TOTAL TORNADO COUNT = 3

EF1 = 2
EF2 = 1
 
TOR. # START POINT END
POINT
RATING PEAK WIND START TIME END TIME LENGTH/
WIDTH
FATALITIES/
INJURIES
REMARKS
#1 3.5 miles NE of Mount Selman, Cherokee County, TX 5.25 miles NE of Mount Selman, Cherokee County, TX EF2 105-115 mph 6:38pm CDT 6:45pm CDT 1.77 miles/  340 yards None  
#2 1.75 miles NE of Downtown Longview, Gregg County, TX 2.76 miles NE of Downtown Longview, Gregg County, TX EF1 95-105 mph 7:10pm CDT 7:15pm CDT 1.32 miles/
 335 yards
None This tornado affected portions Longview northeast of downtown. Numerous tree damage was noted along the tornado's path. Roof damage occurred to a nursing home facility requiring evacuation of the residents. Roof damage also occurred to a church. Several homes were significant damaged by large, fallen trees. Three mobile homes were destroyed by fallen trees.
#3 6.5 miles NW of Hallsville, Harrison County, TX 4.5 miles NNW of Hallsville, Harrison County, TX EF1 95-105 mph 7:20pm CDT 7:32pm CDT 4.54 miles/
 760 yards
None  

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