Rusk and Panola Counties EF1 Tornadoes on May 2, 2008

An EF1 tornado with winds of 90 to 100 mph occurred northeast of Henderson Texas in Rusk County along Hwy 43 from 1121 AM to 1126 AM. A 24 foot by 24 foot metal building was completely destroyed and minor damage occurred to a house owned by the owner of a construction company. Numerous trees were snapped and uprooted along the path which ended 5.5 miles east along fm 1251. A hay barn was partially destroyed and several trees were uprooted and snapped around a home along fm 1251 in the Church Hill Community area. The path was 100 yards wide at its widest point. The tornado lifted before reaching county road 328 in Rusk County.

An EF1 tornado with winds of 95 to 105 mph occurred along county road 241 in Panola County and moved southeastward along County Road 224 before lifting. Numerous homes were damaged mainly from falling trees. In particular...a manufactured home had its entire roof peeled and strewn into a field east of the home. A cabin 300 yards east of that home had its entire roof lifted off the wooden frame and thrown into the tree line adjacent to the structure. Numerous large trees both hardwood and softwood were snapped and or uprooted along the path which ended 5 miles southeast along CR 224. Several trees were uprooted or snapped onto homes along CR 241 and CR 248. The tornado was 200 yards wide at its widest point and on the ground until 1203 pm.


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Rusk and Panola Counties EF1 Tornadoes on May 2, 2008
Two Trees that were uprooted from the tornado in front of a house east of Henderson.

Rusk and Panola Counties EF1 Tornadoes on May 2, 2008
A metal building torn to shreds from the tornado near where it first touched down in Rusk County.

Rusk and Panola Counties EF1 Tornadoes on May 2, 2008
A manufactured home that sustained significant roof damage in Panoloa County.

Rusk and Panola Counties EF1 Tornadoes on May 2, 2008
The EF1 tornado path across a field and pond and a house with a roof peeled off in the distance.

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