The Tornado Outbreak of January 20, 2010 Across East Texas and Western LA

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Wednesday, January 20 2010, included one of the strongest January tornado outbreaks in recent memory and included the the strongest tornado to hit the ArkLaTex in at least 2 decades. 6 tornadoes touched down across the region and we can be thankful that no deaths were reported with this event.


The following is a list of details compiled about each tornado track.

Tornado 1:
Time of event -- 4:26 pm through 4:32 pm CST 1/20/2010
Beginning point -- 3 miles north of Geneva Texas
Ending point -- 4 miles north of Geneva Texas
Rating -- EF1 with maximum winds 95 to 105 mph
Path length -- 0.25 miles
Maximum width -- 150 yards
Fatalities -- 0
Injuries -- 0

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE COMPLETED A DAMAGE SURVEY IN SABINE COUNTY...TEXAS...NEAR GENEVA. AN EF1 TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ALONG FM 330 TOPPLING AND UPROOTING SEVERAL LARGE TREES. ONE HOME HAD MINOR ROOF DAMAGE ALONG WITH MOST OF ITS SHINGLES STRIPPED OFF...WHILE ANOTHER HAD ITS OUTSIDE STORAGE SHED DESTROYED.


Tornado 2:
Time of event -- 5:18 pm through 5:59 pm CST 1/20/2010
Beginning point -- 5 miles southwest of Waskom Texas
Ending point -- 2 miles south-southwest of Blanchard LA
Rating -- EF3 with maximum winds 150 to 160 mph
Path length -- 15.5 miles
Maximum width -- 0.75 miles
Fatalities -- 0
Injuries -- 0

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE COMPLETED A DAMAGE SURVEY IN HARRISON COUNTY TEXAS...AND CADDO PARISH LOUISIANA. AN EF3 TORNADO FIRST TOUCHED DOWN NEAR WASKOM...TEXAS IN A WOODED AREA WEST OF IRELAND WILLIAMS ROAD. THE TORNADO QUICKLY INTENSIFIED AS IT APPROACHED INTERSTATE 20 NEAR MILE MARKER 628 WHERE 2 BUSINESSES WERE DESTROYED ON BOTH THE SOUTH AND NORTH SERVICES ROADS. ONE OF THE BUSINESSES WAS A METAL BUILDING AND THE OTHER WAS A MOBILE HOME. ONE HOME WAS
COMPLETELY DESTROYED WITH ONLY A FEW INTERIOR WALLS REMAINING. A SECOND HOME SUSTAINED MAJOR DAMAGE TO THE ROOF AND CARPORT. DEBRIS WAS SCATTERED ACROSS INTERSTATE 20 AND HWY 80. SEVERAL OTHER HOMES WERE DAMAGED FURTHER EAST ALONG BOTH SIDES OF THE SERVICE ROAD. MANY TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED IN THE AREA...SOME WERE SNAPPED DOWN CLOSE TO THE BASE.

THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST...CROSSING BELLVIEW ROAD INTO JONESVILLE...TEXAS WHERE A GROCERY STORE ROOF WAS PEELED BACK AND WALLS WERE BLOWN OUT OF A LARGE WAREHOUSE. THE TORNADO ALSO DAMAGED SOME METAL BUILDINGS NORTH OF JONESVILLE ALONG FM 134. THE TORNADO TRACKED EAST ACROSS A WOODED AREA...SNAPPING AND UPROOTING TREES CROSSING FM 9...AND THEN HEADED EAST INTO CADDO PARISH IN LOUISIANA. A WEAKENED TORNADO CONTINUED EAST...CROSSING GREENWOOD MOORINGSPORT ROAD WHERE SEVERAL TREES WERE UPROOTED AND CONTINUED EAST OVER PORTIONS OF WESTERN CROSS LAKE BEFORE LIFTING SOUTHWEST OF BLANCHARD...LOUISIANA.

MAXIMUM WINDS WERE ESTIMATED BETWEEN 150-160 MPH WITH A PATH LENGTH OF 15.6 MILES AND A PATH WIDTH OF 0.75 MILES.



Tornado 3:
Time of event -- 5:48 pm through 6:06 pm CST 1/20/2010
Beginning point -- 5 miles west-southwest of Posey Road Exit on I-49
Ending point -- 1 mile east of I-49
Rating -- EF0 with maximum winds 70-75 mph
Path length -- 5 miles
Maximum width -- 150 yards
Fatalities -- 0
Injuries -- 0

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE COMPLETED A DAMAGE SURVEY IN NATCHITOCHES PARISH...LOUISIANA...NEAR HAGEWOOD. AN EF0 TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ALONG POSEY ROAD...5 MILES WEST OF THE POSEY ROAD EXIT ON INTERSTATE 49...AND THEN TRAVELED NORTHEASTWARD ACROSS INTERSTATE 49. SEVERAL LARGE TREES WERE TOPPLED OR UPROOTED...ALONG WITH NUMEROUS LARGE LIMBS BROKEN OFF. SEVERAL TREES HAD THEIR TOPS SNAPPED OFF ALONG THE PATH.

WINDS WERE ESTIMATED TO BE FROM 70 TO 75 MPH. THE PATH LENGTH WAS 5 MILES...AND THE WIDTH WAS 150 YARDS WIDE.

Tornado 4:
Time of event -- 6:58 pm through 7:00 pm CST 1/20/2010
Beginning point -- 2 miles east of Noonday Texas
Ending point -- West of US 69 4 miles south of Tyler Texas
Rating -- EF0 with maximum winds of 65-70 mph
Path length -- 1.5 miles
Maximum width -- 75 yards
Fatalities -- 0
Injuries -- 0

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE COMPLETED A DAMAGE SURVEY IN SMITH COUNTY...TEXAS...NEAR NOONDAY. A WEAK EF0 TORNADO FIRST TOUCHED DOWN IN A SUBDIVISION ALONG SOUTHERN TRACE CIRCLE WHERE SHINGLES WERE PEELED OFF SEVERAL HOMES AND A TRAMPOLINE WAS THROWN UP ONTO A HOME. SEVERAL FENCES WERE ALSO BLOWN DOWN. THE TORNADO CONTINUED EAST ONTO WALNUT HILL DRIVE WHERE SPORADIC TREE DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED AS WELL AS MINOR DAMAGE TO SEVERAL HOMES ALONG THE STREET.

MAXIMUM WINDS WERE 65-70 MPH. PATH LENGTH WAS 1.5 MILES WITH A PATH WIDTH OF 75 YARDS.



Tornado 5:
Time of event -- 7:09 pm through 7:10 pm CST 1/20/2010
Beginning point -- 2 miles north-northwest of Whitehouse Texas
Ending point -- 2.5 miles north of Whitehouse Texas
Rating -- EF1 with maximum winds of 85 to 90 mph
Path length -- 0.5 miles
Maximum width -- 75 yards
Fatalities -- 0
Injuries -- 0

The National Weather Service completed a damage survey in Smith County Texas...near Whitehouse. An EF1 tornado briefly touched down near the intersection of Oscar Burkett Road and Joye Lane (CR 2192). A small metal garage was damaged where where a couple of the walls were blown out. A large pine tree was snapped along CR 2192 close to the ground. Several large limbs were snapped out of a cedar tree as well as other trees in the path. Further northeast on the north side of CR 2192, a small bard was destroyed and tin roof panels were peeled from another building.

Maximum winds were 80-85 mph. Path length was 0.5 miles long and the width was 75 yards.


Tornado 6:
Time of event -- 7:44 pm through 7:46 pm CST 1/20/2010
Beginning point -- Harleton Texas
Ending point -- 1 mile norteast of Harleton Texas
Rating -- EF1 with maximum winds 95 to 105 mph
Path length -- 0.5 miles
Maximum width -- 50 yards
Fatalities -- 0
Injuries -- 0

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE COMPLETED A DAMAGE SURVEY IN HARRISON COUNTY TEXAS NEAR HARLETON...TEXAS. AN EF1 TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ALONG CENTRAL AVENUE...UPROOTING TREES AND CAUSING MINOR DAMAGE TO AWNINGS ON HOMES ALONG THE STREET. THE TORNADO TRAVELED NORTHEAST AND UPROOTED MORE TREES AND CAUSED MINOR ROOF AND STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO 2 BRICK BUILDINGS AND ONE METAL BUILDING ALONG HWY 154. THE TORNADO LIFTED JUST ACROSS HWY 154.

WINDS WERE ESTIMATED AT 95 TO 105 MPH. THE PATH LENGTH WAS 0.5 MI...AND THE WIDTH WAS 50 YARDS.


The Tornado Outbreak of January 20, 2010 Across East Texas and Western LA
Radar Snapshot of the EF3 tornado near Waskom Texas. At this time a debris ball was noted on radar as the tornado was passing over Interstate 20 near mile marker 628. Several homes and businesses were either completely destroyed or heavily damaged.

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