The weekend tornado that killed a Nacogdoches resident touched down at 11:33 p.m. Friday and lifted three minutes later after traveling 2 miles.
The tornado touched down in a wooded area along CR 723 just south of FM 225, snapping large branches and felling a number of trees, according to a report from the National Weather Service in Shreveport.
As it continued eastward, one of those trees landed on a mobile home, killing Larry Hadnot, Jr., a 44-year-old Lake Charles native. Another person inside the home on Sweat Circle suffered minor injuries.
“Other damage in the county due to the storm include widespread trees down, some structure damage to residences and power outages,” Sheriff Jason Bridges said in a statement Monday.
The tornado, along with three others in the East Texas area that followed during the night, has been classified by the weather service as an EF-1, or having winds of 86 to 110 mph. The initial tornado damaged a number of Nacogdoches County homes before lifting near Floyd Harvin Road, the weather service reported.
Less than an hour later, a second tornado touched down near Tatum in Panola County, traveling only half a mile, “inflicting mainly structural roof damage to several residences and outbuildings,” the report states.
A third twister at 12:39 a.m. Saturday touched down in Shelby County, traveling 6 miles through neighborhoods on Center’s south side, uprooting trees and causing “structural damage to many homes as trees fell upon them,” the report states: “The worst example of this was probably in the Lakewood Subdivision just off Highway 7 (where) one minor injury occurred as a fallen large pine tree heavily compromised the roof structure.”
A fourth tornado, which touched down in northwest Louisiana just after 1:30 a.m. Saturday, killed two people in a double-wide manufactured home just south of Barksdale Air Force Base outside Bossier City. The Louisiana tornado was classified as an EF-2, with winds of 111 to 135 mph.
This week’s forecast calls for thunderstorms today, scattered thunderstorms on Wednesday and showers through Sunday.