Severe Weather, Flooding, and Tornadoes Hit the
Four State Region on January 25, 2012
A strong storm system affected the Four State Region beginning during the late evening hours of January 24, 2012, before exiting the area during the evening hours of January 25, 2012. A strong cold front and suface low pressure approached the region during the morning of January 25. The slow-moving system produced widespread heavy rain across much of the area that has helped to ease drought conditions somewhat. The heaviest rain fell across portions of extreme northeast Texas and southeast Oklahoma where rainfall amounts of up to 4" were reported. Farther south, a line of strong to severe thunderstorms developed and affected much of east Texas and northwest/north central Louisiana south of Interstate 20. There were a few reports of damaging straight-line winds. However, a few storms produced tornadoes across Deep East Texas and west central Louisiana. Storm surveys were conducted on January 26 to evaluate the damage that occurred. Below is a preliminary report from the findings of the survey. The report is presented in chronological order. Click here to see a Google Map of confirmed tornado tracks. More information may be added to this page in the coming days as it becomes available.
TOTAL TORNADO COUNT = 3
EF-0 = 2
EF-1 = 1
JANUARY 25, 2012
Location: Mount Enterprise, TX
Maximum Estimated Wind Speed: 85-95 mph
Time: 10:32 AM CST through 10:34 AM CST
Maximum Width: 175 yds
Length: 1.5 miles
Details: An EF1 tornado touched down just southwest of town along CR 3207 south of Gatlin Cemetery Road where several large trees were snapped and uprooted. One large tree fell onto a house causing significant roof damage. The tornado continued east-northeast paralleling Henderson Street where a carport was torn off a house with some of the debris striking and injuring a person standing outside the home. Several other trees were snapped and uprooted along Henderson Street and CR 3204. The tornado crossed Highway 259 where a portion of a roof was blown off a small retail building and across the street into the parking lot of a gas station and fast food restaurant. The tornado continued east-northeast along Angelina Street uprooting and snapping trees as well as blowing shingles off of houses. The tornado crossed Highway 84 west of CR 3198 and lifted just west of CR 3195. Maximum wind speeds are estimated at 85-95 mph.
Location: 11 miles NE of Mount Enterprise, TX
Maximum Estimated Wind Speed: 65-75 mph
Time: 10:47 AM CST through 10:56 AM CST
Maximum Width: 100 yds
Length: 6.5 miles
Details:An EF0 tornado touched down along Highway 315 approximately 11 miles northeast of Mount Enterprise, TX, where a few trees were snapped. The tornado continued east-northeast crossing CR 164 where several trees were snapped or uprooted, including one next to a home and another across CR 164 from the home. The tornado continued northeast from Rusk County into Panola County and crossed CR 163 where several more trees were snapped and uprooted. The tornado lifted before reaching CR 160. Maximum wind speeds are estimated at 65-75 mph.
Location: Near Peason, LA
Maximum Estimated Wind Speed: 65-75 mph
Time: 2:05 PM CST through 2:30 PM CST
Maximum Width: 150 yds
Length: 2.3 miles
Details:An EF0 tornado touched down in Sabine Parish northwest of Peason near the intersection of Bridges Road and Highway 118. The tornado tracked southeast, generally prallel to Highway 118. Damage consisted monstly of numerous tree branches being snapped. Near the intersection of Highway 118 and Peason Road, several outbuildings suffered roof damage. Two chicken houses had portions of their metal roofs completely removed and other sections had the metal peeled back. The owner of the property reported that he heard the tornado. The tornado continued southeast causing sporadic tree damage before lifitng along Highway 118 near the Sabine/Natchitoches Parish Line. The maximum wind speeds are estimated at 65-75 mph.
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This survey data is preliminary and subject to change as more information becomes available. Road accessibility and inconsistencies between mapping and GPS software may limit the accuracy of the tracks plotted on this map. Line widths are not representative of actual tornado widths. The information plotted on this map is intended for general reference use only.