Severe Weather Event of April 23-24, 2010 in East Texas and SW Arkansas



Tornado 1: Orange Track
Time of event -- 7:34 PM through 7:41 PM CST 4/23/2010
Beginning point -- 5 miles west-southwest of Atlanta, Texas
Ending point -- 1 mile south of Atlanta, Texas
Rating -- EF0 with maximum winds 65 mph
Path length -- 5 miles
Maximum width -- 50 yards
Fatalities -- 0
Injuries -- 0

The National Weather Service conducted a storm survey in Cass County Texas and concluded that storm damage was the result of an EF0 tornado. The tornado touched down at around 7:34 PM, about five miles west-southwest of Atlanta, along Highway 59, where it damaged several large trees. The tornado proceeded east-northeast where it snapped or uprooted several more trees. The tornado lifted at 7:41 PM near FM 251, about one mile south of Atlanta.



Tornado 2: Red Track
Time of event -- 7:41 PM through 8:10 PM CST 4/23/2010
Beginning point -- 1 mile west of Queen City, Texas
Ending point -- Fouke, Arkansas
Rating -- EF0 with maximum winds 80 mph
Path length -- 18 miles
Maximum width -- 100 yards
Fatalities -- 0
Injuries -- 0

The National Weather Service conducted a storm survey in Cass County Texas and Miller County Arkansas and concluded that storm damage was the result of an EF0 tornado. The tornado touched down at around 7:41 PM, about one mile west of Queen City, along Highway 96, where it uprooted a large tree. The tornado proceeded into Queen City where it caused damage to several large tree limbs and branches and caused moderate damage to the roof of a building. The tornado then moved east-northeast, crossing into southwest Arkansas. Several large trees limbs and branches were ripped down by the tornado along Miller County Roads 152 and 24. The tornado entered Fouke Arkansas at around 8:10 PM, where it snapped several large trees in a nearby field and caused property damage when it blew a large tree limb onto the bed of a truck and into the corner of a house. The tornado lifted as it exited Fouke.



Tornado 3: Green Track
Time of event -- 2:33 AM through 2:35 AM CST 4/24/2010
Beginning point -- 5 miles north-northeast of Quitman, Texas
Ending point -- 5 miles northeast of Quitman, Texas
Rating -- EF0 with maximum winds 65 mph
Path length -- 0.75 miles
Maximum width -- 70 yards
Fatalities -- 0
Injuries -- 0

The National Weather Service conducted a storm survey in Wood County Texas and concluded that storm damage was the result of an EF0 tornado. The tornado touched down at around 2:33 AM, about five miles north-northwest of Mineola, along County Road 4919, where it uprooted several large trees. The tornado proceeded east, causing damage to several trees along County Road 4925. The tornado then uprooted a tree along County Road 4930, and lifted soon after.



Tornado 4: Purple Track
Time of event -- 2:45 AM through 2:49 AM CST 4/24/2010
Beginning point -- 1.5 miles South of Winnsboro, Texas
Ending point -- 5 miles east of Winnsboro, Texas
Rating -- EF0 with maximum winds 75 mph
Path length -- 5.5 miles
Maximum width -- 70 yards
Fatalities -- 0
Injuries -- 0

The National Weather Service conducted a storm survey in Wood County Texas, and concluded that storm damage was the result of an EF0 tornado. The tornado touched down at around 2:46 AM, about 1.5 miles south of Winnsboro along FM 321, where it knocked down numerous trees. The tornado track northeast crossing Hwy 11 where it destroyed a metal hay barn. Portions of the barn were blown up to 100 yards from their source. The tornado proceeded east along Highway 11 for another 2 miles before lifting, causing additional damage to several trees along the road.



Tornado 5: Yellow Track
Time of event -- 6:57 AM through 6:58 AM CST 4/24/2010
Beginning point -- 7 miles west of Marion, Louisiana
Ending point -- 6 miles west of Marion, Louisiana
Rating -- EF0 with maximum winds 65 mph
Path length -- 0.5 miles
Maximum width -- 75 yards
Fatalities -- 0
Injuries -- 0

The National Weather Service conducted a storm survey in Union Parish Louisiana, and concluded that storm damage was the result of an EF0 tornado. The tornado touched down at around 6:57 AM, about 7 miles west of Marion along Game Reserve Road, knocking down a few trees along the road and in the forest nearby. No structural damage was observed.

Severe Weather Event of April 23-24, 2010 in East Texas and SW Arkansas
Radar loop of the classic comma head mesocyclose that tracked across portions of East Texas causing 2 tornadoes in Wood County and numerous wind damage reports across the area. The Storm tracked across East Texas between 2AM and 4AM Saturday Morning.

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Severe Weather Event of April 23-24, 2010 in East Texas and SW Arkansas
This photo is courtesy of Bill McFadden at Pecan Bend Farm in south Shreveport, where quarter-size to half dollar-size hail fell on the morning of April 24th.

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