11janAll DayTatum (Panola County, TX)


Start Time:  12:18 am CST

End Time:  12:19 am CST

Rating:  EF1

Estimated Peak Winds: 110 mph

Path length: 0.52 miles

Width:  150 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries: 0

County:  Panola

State:  Texas

Start Lat/Lon: 32.3289 / -94.4356

End Lat/Lon: 32.3336 / -94.4286

This brief tornado first touched down on a hillside just southwest of FM 959 outside of Tatum. The damage here was limited to trees, but was nonetheless impressive, as a majority of the few hundred pine trees in a confined area had their trunks snapped. The tornado tracked northeast off the hill doing only sporadic tree damage before crossing FM 959 and inflicting mainly structural roof damage to several residences and outbuildings. Radar signatures suggest the tornado lifted quickly after this point, although the survey team could not access areas to the northeast of there to confirm. The tornado was definitely at its strongest at the beginning of the path, but again, extremely limited access did not allow confirmation as to whether the actual start might have been farther to the southwest.


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