Smith & Wood Counties Tornado of February 10th 2009

A storm survey conducted in Smith and Wood Counties confirmed that damage which occurred was the result of an EF1 tornado, with maximum winds of 85 to 90 MPH.

The tornado first touched down near the intersection of County Road 482 and County Road 483 in Smith County, where a barn was destroyed, damaging an nearby fence. Numerous cedar trees were also snapped along the road. The tornado crossed Old Dallas Shreveport Road and Old Mineola Hwy, damaging a couple metal buildings and snapping trees. The tornado crossed Hwy 69, uprooting and snapping trees on both sides of the highway, as well as damaging a metal building.

Further northeast in Wood County, the tornado crossed County Road 2600, damaging numerous tress and a small shed. Several homes on the north side of Hwy 80, east of Mineola, sustained roof damage where sections of roof were peeled, exposing the homes. Numerous trees were snapped and uprooted as well. The tornado crossed FM 1801, damaging several trees and minorly damaging a few homes before the storm weakened.

The tornado is estimated to have touched down as 11:16 PM, and was on the ground for 9 minutes. The path of the storm was generally 100 to 200 yards wided, but was 300 yards wide at its widest point. The path was 6.8 miles long.

The National Weather Service would like to thank the media and to officials from both the city of Tyler and from Wood County. Thanks also go to local residents for their assistance and stories during the survey.

Smith & Wood Counties Tornado of February 10th 2009
Radar imagery of the tornadic thunderstorm as it passed through Smith and Wood Counties. This is imagery of storm reflectivity, with reds and pinks indicating the more intense thunderstorm activity.

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A map of the path of the storm and locations where damage was found.

Smith & Wood Counties Tornado of February 10th 2009
A building was completely demolished while, in the background, several trees were uprooted.

Smith & Wood Counties Tornado of February 10th 2009
The roof of a home was peeled off during the tornado while limbs of several trees were ripped off.

Smith & Wood Counties Tornado of February 10th 2009
A large portion of the roof of this home was blown off during the tornado, with some debris landing in the trees behind the house. Several trees in the left of the image were severely damaged during the storm.

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