Longview Texas Tornado of March 18, 2008

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN SHREVEPORT CONDUCTED A DAMAGE SURVEY THIS
AFTERNOON...FOCUSING ON AREAS FROM NEW LONDON...TO SOUTHEAST OF KILGORE...TO LONGVIEW.

A TORNADO TRACK 21 MILES LONG AND 300 YARDS WIDE AT ITS WIDEST POINT WAS FOUND STARTING
5 MILES EAST OF NEW LONDON NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF COUNTY ROAD 108 AND FM 850 AND
ENDING ON THE NORTHEAST SIDE OF LONGVIEW. THE TORNADO REACHED EF1 INTENSITY BRIEFLY AS
IT APPROACHED AND CROSSED HIGHWAY 259 4.5 MILES SOUTH OF KILGORE TEXAS DAMAGING A BARN...
METAL BUILDING...AND SEVERAL DOZEN TREES. SEVERAL LARGE HARDWOOD TREES WERE EITHER SNAPPED
OR UPROOTED WITH SOME UPROOTED IN A NORTHWESTERLY DIRECTION... INDICATIVE OF TORNADIC
WINDS. OTHERS WERE TWISTED OFF AT THE TOP AND SEVERAL CONTAINED METAL DEBRIS WRAPPED
AROUND THE BRANCHES. OTHER SIGNIFICANT TREE DAMAGE WAS NOTED AS THE TORNADO CROSSED FM
918 SOUTHWEST OF THE DAMAGE ALONG U.S. 259.

AS THE TORNADO TRACKED NORTHEAST...DAMAGE WAS ALSO NOTED ALONG COUNTY ROADS 182 AND
173...3 MILES SOUTHEAST OF KILGORE WHERE SEVERAL TREES WERE UPROOTED OR SNAPPED. DAMAGE
ALSO OCCURRED TO A LARGE BARN WHERE THE METAL ROOF WAS TORN OFF AND STREWN ACROSS A
PASTURE TO THE NORTHEAST OF THE BUILDING.

THE TRACK BECAME HARDER TO LOCATE AS IT CROSSED INTO GREGG COUNTY...HOWEVER...THERE WERE
ISOLATED INCIDENTS OF TREE DAMAGE EAST OF KILGORE IN SOUTHERN GREGG COUNTY.

THE FIRST REPORTS OF DAMAGE IN LONGVIEW WERE NOTED NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF NORTH JEAN
DRIVE AND SOUTH HIGH STREET IN SOUTHWEST LONGVIEW WHERE SEVERAL TREES WERE DOWNED. MORE
SIGNIFICANT TREE DAMAGE WAS NOTED ALONG ELECTRA STREET WHERE SEVERAL LARGE TREES WERE
UPROOTED OR SNAPPED OFF. TREES WERE ALSO DOWNED ALONG TIMPSON STREET MOSTLY IN A
NORTHEASTERLY DIRECTION. TREES WERE ALSO DOWNED IN THE ALPINE ROAD AREA AND MORE
SPECIFICALLY ALONG GLOVER DRIVE. DAMAGE ALSO OCCURRED TO A SCHOOL ON VALLEY DRIVE WHERE
SEVERAL LARGE TREES WERE DOWNED ONTO THE SCHOOL. DAMAGE IN THE LONGVIEW AREA WAS MOSTLY
CONSISTENT WITH STRAIGHT LINE WINDS UP TO 85 MPH DUE TO THE CONSISTENT DIRECTION THAT
TREES HAD FALLEN...HOWEVER...THERE WAS EVIDENCE ALONG THE WESTERN SIDE OF THE DAMAGE
PATH IN LONGVIEW THAT AN EF0 TORNADO WITH WINDS OF 75 TO 85 MPH HAD ALSO OCCURRED.

THE TORNADO IS ESTIMATED TO HAVE FIRST TOUCHED DOWN AT 836 PM CDT ON TUESDAY MARCH 18 2008
IN RUSK COUNTY. THE FIRST SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR NORTHWEST RUSK COUNTY WAS ISSUED
AT 749 PM WITH A MENTION OF POSSIBLE TORNADOES AND EXPIRED AT 830PM. A SECOND SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM WARNING WAS ISSUED FOR NORTHWEST RUSK AND GREGG COUNTIES INCLUDING LONGVIEW
AND KILGORE AT 834 PM CDT EFFECTIVE UNTIL 915 PM CDT WITH A MENTION OF POSSIBLE TORNADOES.
A TORNADO WARNING WAS ISSUED AT 907 PM CDT FOR GREGG COUNTY. THE FIRST DAMAGE REPORTS IN
SOUTHWEST LONGVIEW WERE RECORDED AT 902 PM CDT AND THE LAST DAMAGE REPORTS IN NORTHEAST
LONGVIEW WERE ESTIMATED TO HAVE OCCURRED AT 908 PM CDT.

Longview Texas Tornado of March 18, 2008
Radar image of the SRM and Reflectivity.

Longview Texas Tornado of March 18, 2008
Map of the 21 mile track from Rusk County into Gregg County

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