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Overview

Widespread thunderstorms brought severe weather and flooding to the Four State Region starting around midday on April 29, 2016, and continued into the morning of April 30. Tornadoes were reported in many locations in East Texas, with confirmed sightings occurring in the Lindale area in Smith County. Reports of suspected tornado damage were received from several other locations. One of the most notable tornadoes was an EF2 tornado that began in Lindale, TX, and was on the ground for over 27 miles and was over 1.8 miles wide at its widest point.

Storm survey crews deployed from the National Weather Service following the storms to assess the damage. Damage surveys are still in progress and will likely not be completed for several days. Below are the results of the surveys. This information is preliminary and subject to change pending final review of the vents and publication in Storm Data.

TOTAL TORNADO COUNT = 10

EF1 = 6
EF2 = 4
 
TOR. # START POINT END
POINT
RATING PEAK WIND START TIME END TIME LENGTH/
WIDTH
FATALITIES/
INJURIES
REMARKS
APRIL 29, 2016
#1  1 mile S of Lindale, Smith County, TX 0.5 mile SE of Lindale, Smith County, TX EF2 110-115 mph 5:50pm CDT 5:54pm CDT 5 miles/
550 yards
None This tornado began just west of US-69 near the intersection of US-69 and Mayor Street. Initial damage was to trees and minor roof damage to homes. As the tornado crossed US-69, it caused major damage to the Hibbett Sports and Dollar Tree stores on the east side of US-69. Roof damage occurred in subdivisions between US-69 and County Road 431. The tornado lifted near the intersection of County Road 431 and Pierce Street.
#2 2.5 miles SE of Lindale, Smith County, TX 9 miles WSW of Bettie, Upshur County, TX EF2 120-125 mph 5:55pm CDT 6:32pm CDT 27.36 miles/
1.83 miles
2 injuries This long-track, multi-vortex tornado began near the intersection of CR 499 and CR 4100 near Lindale, TX. The tornado traveled northeast through Smith, Wood, and Upshur Counties. Most of the damage consisted of numerous trees being snapped and uprooted. The Ozarka Water bottling plant north of Hawkins, TX, sustained major roof damage. Damage consistent with EF-2 wind speeds was found in Smith County between Farm-to-Market Roads 16 and 2710 where a cell phone tower, a house, and two mobile homes sustained major damage. This tornado eventually lifted in Upshur County near Farm-to-Market Road 852 between Horse Road and Greyhound Road.
#3 4.32 miles SW of Alto, Cherokee County, TX 3.09 miles N of Alto, Cherokee County, TX EF2 105-115 mph 7:33pm CDT 7:45pm CDT 7.3 miles/
820 yards
None This tornado began along County Road 2807 just east of Farm-to-Market Road 220. Over 27 homes sustained damage, including two homes that completely lost their roofs. Several outbuildings were damaged or destroyed, and at least two travel trailers were destroyed. The tornado lifted north of County Road 2438.
 #4 5.71 miles SW of Reklaw, Cherokee County, TX 4.66 miles SW of Reklaw, Cherokee County, TX EF1 95-105 mph 7:54pm CDT 7:56pm CDT 0.75 miles/ 150 yards None This tornado touched down in a wooded area southwest of Reklaw and moved through a cluster of new chicken coops before lifting.
  10 miles S of Longview, Rusk County, TX --- Straight-line
winds
85-95 mph 8:48pm CDT --- --- None Several trees were uprooted or snapped along County Road 240 and County Road 246.
 #5 13.5 miles SSE of Marshall, Harrison County, TX 12.0 miles SE of Marshall, Harrison County, TX EF1 95 mph 10:21pm CDT 10:33pm CDT 5.65 miles/
820 yards
None This tornado began in extreme southern Harrison County just south of County Road 1311. It traveled northeast and parallel with Caney Creek before lifting just west of County Road 1207. Most of the damage consisted of uprooted, broken, and twisted trees.
#6 4.0 miles NW of Waskom, Harrison County, TX 8.4 miles N of Waskom, Harrison County, TX EF1 105 mph 10:46pm CDT 10:59pm CDT 5.75 miles/ 200 yards None This tornado began east of County Road 2705 and just north of Farm-to-Market Road 134. It uprooted several trees and traveled north-northeast severely damaging two mobile homes along Bennett Road off of County Road 2705. Scattered tree and power line damage occurred along FM 9 and several trees were uprooted and snapped along FM 1999.
APRIL 30, 2016
#7 4.9 miles NNW of Marshall, Harrison County, TX 7.8 miles NE of Marshall, Harrison County, TX EF1 110 mph 12:34am CDT 12:46am CDT 6.63 miles/
350 yards
None This tornado began just west of County Road 4000 twisting and knocking down numerous trees. It traveled east-northeast crossing US Hwy 59 near the Karma Farm. Two homes were damaged in this area. The tornado continued east-northeast clearing huge swaths of trees and eventually lifted near the intersection of County Road 2107 and Buckhorn Road.
#8 8.0 miles S of Stamps, Columbia County, AR 6.5 miles SSW of Buckner, Lafayette County, AR EF1 90-100 mph 12:41am CDT 12:44am CDT 1.5 miles/
900 yards
None The tornado began just south of Columbia County Road 1 and traveled north-northeast crossing into Lafayette County and lifted along County Road 21 just south of the intersection with County Road 81. Damage consisted of snapped and uprooted trees.
#9 3.0 miles N of Waldo, Columbia County, AR 3.0 miles N of Waldo, Columbia County, AR EF1 95 mph 1:09am CDT 1:09am CDT 0.25 miles/
130 yards
None This brief tornado touched down just southwest of US Highway 371 south of the intersection with Columbia County Road 60. The tornado cross Highway 371, snapped several trees, and quickly dissipated.
#10 9.0 miles SE of Broaddus, San Augustine County, TX 11.6 miles SE of Broaddus, San Augstuine County, TX EF1 95-105 mph 4:44am CDT 4:51am CDT 3.3 miles/
380 yards
None The tornado began along the northern shore of Sam Reyburn Lake in the Anthony Harbor subdivision. Numerous trees were snapped as it moved northeast to Highway 83. The tornado crossed the lake north of the Ayish Bayou Bridge damaging two electrical transmission line towers. The tornado snapped and uprooted more trees before finally lifting as it cross Farm-to-Market Road 1751.
Long-track EF2 tornado near Lindale, TX.   Long-track EF2 tornado near Lindale, TX.
Long-track EF2 tornado near Lindale, TX.
 
   
EF2 damage in Lindale, TX.   EF2 damage in Lindale, TX.   EF2 damage in and near Lindale, TX.
EF2 damage in and near Lindale, TX.
 
   
EF2 damage near Lindale, TX.   EF2 damage near Lindale, TX.
EF2 damage near Lindale, TX.
 
   
Damage at the Ozarka Water Bottling Plant near Hawkins, TX.   Damage at the Ozarka Water Bottling Plant near Hawkins, TX.
Damage at the Ozarka Water Bottling Plant near Hawkins, TX.
 
   

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