The Tornado Outbreak of December 23rd, 2009 Across Northeast Texas

.NOTE: This page will continue to be updated over the next few days with additional information and pictures.


Wednesday, December 23rd 2009, marked the one of the largest tornado outbreaks across the four state region in years. Despite the large number of tornadoes, which destroyed or severely damaged several homes and businesses across portions of northeast Texas, we can be thankful that no deaths were reported with this event, and that only one minor injury was reported.

Survey teams from the NWS in Shreveport have been fanning out across the region since Wednesday to survey storm damage across the region. As of Monday, December 28th, survey teams have confirmed damage from 9 tornadoes. Addition surveys will be performed through the last week of December to inspect more damage.


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

Tornado 1:
Time of event -- 2:35 pm through 2:41 pm CST 12/23/2009
Beginning point -- 6 miles east northeast of Jacksonville Texas
Ending point -- 8 miles east northeast of Jacksonville Texas
Rating -- EF0 with maximum winds 60 to 70 mph
Path length -- 2 miles
Maximum width -- 50 yards
Fatalities -- 0
Injuries -- 0

The National Weather Service did a storm survey in Cherokee County Texas for a tornado which touched down near Jacksonville on December 23rd 2009 at 2:35 PM.

An EF0 tornado touched down one mile northeast of Jacksonville Club Lake on the east end of CR 4218. One downed tree was observed with a few trees topped with large branches broken. The tornado tracked east northeast where more tree damage was observed on CR 4222 and south of CR4223. The tornado lifted after this point ending at 2:40 PM.

The tornado rated an EF0 with winds estimated at 60 to 70 mph. The tornado was on the ground for 6 minutes, its width was estimated at 50 yards, and the path length was approximately 2 miles.



Tornado 2:
Time of event -- 3:04 pm through 3:10 pm CST 12/23/2009
Beginning point -- 9 miles east northeast of New Summerfield Texas
Ending point -- 12 miles east northeast of New Summerfield Texas
Rating -- EF0 with maximum winds 60 to 70 mph
Path length -- 3 miles
Maximum width -- 50 yards
Fatalities -- 0
Injuries -- 0

The National Weather Service did a storm survey in Cherokee County Texas for a tornado which touched down 9 mile NE of New Summerfield on December 23rd 2009 at 3:04 PM.

An EF0 tornado touched down one mile southeast of Barrons Lake on CR 4619 just north of FM13. A couple of trees were downed and a few with large branches broken. The tornado tracked northeast where more tree damage was observed on CR 4621 just west of Cherokee/Rusk County line. The tornado lifted after this point ending at 3:10 PM.

The tornado rated an EF0 with winds estimated at 60 to 70 mph. The tornado was on the ground for 6 minutes, its width was estimated at 50 yards, and the path length was approximately 3 miles.



Tornado 3:
Time of event -- 4:39 pm through 4:56 pm CST 12/23/2009
Beginning point -- East side of Longview Texas
Ending point -- 8 miles northeast of Longview Texas
Rating -- EF2 with maximum winds 110 to 120 mph
Path length -- 7 miles
Maximum width -- 200 yards
Fatalities -- 0
Injuries -- 0

The National Weather Service performed a storm survey in Harrison County Texas for a tornado which touched down near Longview on December 23rd 2009 at 4:39 pm.

An EF2 tornado touched down on the east side of Longview, just west of the intersections of E Cotton Street and Industrial Drive. The tornado then tracked north northeast causing damage to several industrial buildings along Industrial Drive. It crossed Industrial Drive just south of Highway 80, causing significant damage to the Fed Ex building and other surrounding industrial businesses.

The tornado then crossed Highway 80, causing significant tree and roof damage to several homes in a residential neighborhood. The track continued north northeast as the tornado crossed Loop 281 just south of Page Road. The tornado caused major roof damage to a home on Page Road before continuing northward. The storm continued to cause tree and roof damage in a residential area before crossing Peter Bonner Road near Sandy Lane. More tree and roof damage was observed as the storm tracked into a rural area, ending south of FM 449 on Keasler Road around 4:56 pm.

The tornado was rated an EF2 with winds estimated at 110 to 120 mph, and was on the ground for 17 minutes. The tornado’s width was 200 yards and the path length was approximately 7 miles.



Tornado 4:
Time of event -- 5:51 pm through 5:52 pm CST 12/23/2009
Beginning point -- 3 miles southeast of Avinger Texas
Ending point -- 3 miles southeast of Avinger Texas
Rating -- EF1 with maximum winds of 86 mph
Path length -- 50 yards
Maximum width -- 50 yards
Fatalities -- 0
Injuries -- 0

A tornado touched down in a wooded area along County Road 1617 in southern Cass County, approximately 3 miles southeast of the community of Avinger. Low-end EF1 damage was noted as the small tornado traveled north-northeast, snapping and uprooting several pine and oak trees. In addition, numerous small branches were also blown down before the tornado lifted, still in a wooded area, approximately 50 yards from its touchdown point. A tornado warning was issued by the National Weather Service in Shreveport at 5:49 pm CST for southern Cass and north-central Marion Counties.



Tornado 5:
Time of event -- 7:16 pm through 7:17 pm CST 12/23/2009
Beginning point -- 8 miles north-northeast of Recklaw Texas
Ending point -- 8 miles north-northeast of Recklaw Texas
Rating -- EF0 with maximum winds of 70 to 80 mph
Path length -- 0.1 miles
Maximum width -- 150 yards
Fatalities -- 0
Injuries -- 0

The National Weather Service conducted a storm survey in Rusk County Texas for a tornado which touched down near Recklaw on December 23rd 2009 at 7:16 pm CST.

A tornado briefly touched down approximately eight miles north-northeast of Recklaw, along CR 4188 and uprooted or snapped several trees.

The tornado was rated an EF0 with winds estimated at 70 to 80 mph. The tornado was on the ground for approximately one minute, with a path width of 150 yards and a path length of approximately one tenth of a mile.



Tornado 6:
Time of event -- 9:56 pm through 10:07 pm CST 12/23/2009
Beginning point -- South side of Lufkin Texas
Ending point -- 3 miles northeast of Lufkin Texas
Rating -- EF3 with maximum winds 127 to 137 mph
Path length -- 4 miles
Maximum width -- 300 yards
Fatalities -- 0
Injuries -- 0

The National Weather Service performed a storm survey in Angelina County Texas for a tornado which touched down in Lufkin on December 23rd, 2009 at 9:56 pm.

An EF3 tornado touched down on the south side of Lufkin on Loop 287 near the Olive Garden Restaurant, just west of the intersections of Loop 287 and South Chestnut Street. The tornado then tracked north northeast, causing roof and tree damage to several homes behind Morgan Insurance Company on Loop 287. The tornado continued its north northeastward track, crossing South Chestnut Street and causing major damage to Gibson Funeral Home. It then tracked northward through a residential neighborhood, causing more tree and roof damage before destroying Max's Welding Shop on Denman Road.

The tornado crossed Denman Road, moving through another residential area and causing moderate to major tree and roof damage. The tornado then destroyed the VFW building just before crossing Lufkin Avenue. More residential damage was observed between Lufkin Avenue and Atkinson Drive. The tornado crossed Atkinson Drive, causing major damage by tossing several 18-wheelers parked at a trucking company on Loop 287. The tornado then crossed Loop 287, damaging Goodyear Tires and Jim Walter Homes. The stormed then tracked north into a wooded area before reaching Kit McConnico Park and causing moderate to major damage to the park. The tornado then lifted on the northern end of Kit McConnico Park at around 10:07 pm.

The tornado was rated an EF3 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, with winds estimated at 127 to 137 mph. The tornado was on the ground for 11 minutes, with a width of 300 yards and the path length of approximately 4 miles.



Tornado 7:
Time of event -- 10:10 pm through 10:18 pm CST 12/23/2009
Beginning point -- 1 mile west of Ravanna Arkansas
Ending point -- 4 miles north-northeast of Ravanna Arkansas
Rating -- EF1 with maximum winds 80 to 90 mph
Path length -- 4 miles
Maximum width -- 150 yards
Fatalities -- 0
Injuries -- 0

A NWS storm survey was conducted in southeast Cass County Texas and Miller County Arkansas near the town of Ravanna.

An EF1 tornado touched down 8 miles southeast of Atlanta Texas near the town of Ravanna, and lifted about 4 miles north northeast of Ravanna in Miller County Arkansas. Damage along Highway 77 and County Road 3129 in Cass County consisted of numerous trees down and minor roof damage to one house. The tornado continued north northeast into Miller County Arkansas, to a point about 4 miles north northeast of Ravanna. Damage in Miller County consisted of some trees and tree limbs down.

The tornado touched down at about 1010 pm CST on December 23rd. The path length was 4.0 miles and the width was 150 yards. There were no injuries with this tornado.



Tornado 8:
Time of event -- 10:37 pm through 10:38 pm CST 12/23/2009
Beginning point -- 3 mileS south of Garrison Texas
Ending point -- 2 mileS south of Garrison Texas
Rating -- EF1 with maximum winds 75 to 85 mph
Path length -- 1/2 mile
Maximum width -- 50 yards
Fatalities -- 0
Injuries -- 0

The National Weather Service completed a storm survey in Nacogdoches County Texas for a tornado which touched down near Garrison on December 23rd 2009 at 10:37 PM CST.

An EF1 tornado touched down on FM 95 just north of CR 289. Several trees were downed and snapped, and a small storage building was destroyed. The tornado tracked north 1/2 mile then dissipated. The tornado lifted after this point ending at 10:38 PM.

The tornado rated an EF1 with winds estimated at 75 to 85 mph. The tornado was on the ground for 1 minute. Its width was estimated at 50 yards and the path length was approximately 1/2 mile.



Tornado 9:
Time of event -- 11:26 pm through 11:52 pm CST 12/23/2009
Beginning point -- 1 mile north of Timpson Texas
Ending point -- 7 miles south of Carthage Texas
Rating -- EF2 with maximum winds 105 to 115 mph
Path length -- 10 miles
Maximum width -- 200 yards
Fatalities -- 0
Injuries -- 0

The National Weather Service completed a storm survey in Shelby and Panola County Texas for a tornado which touched down near Timpson on December 23rd 2009 at 11:26 PM CST.

An EF2 tornado touched down approximately one mile northeast of Timpson along FM 947 and caused damage to a home and snapped trees. The tornado then tracked north-northeast causing damage to several homes and metal outbuildings along CR 4714. One barn was completely demolished. A travel trailer was also lifted and thrown against a tree, and numerous trees were snapped along CR 4714. The tornado continued northeast and snapped numerous trees along CR 4694 and partially destroyed a shed on CR 4726. The tornado moved northeast and caused major roof damage to two mobile homes on CR 1254. The tornado continued northeast and caused minor shingle damage and snapped trees. The track ended approximately seven miles south of Carthage near US HWY 59 at 11:49 PM CDT.

The tornado was rated an EF2 with winds estimated at 105 to 115 mph. The tornado was on the ground for 26 minutes, was 200 yards wide at its widest point, and the path length was approximately 10 miles.



Tornado 10:
Time of event -- 2:10 am through 2:12 am CST 12/24/2009
Beginning point -- 1 mile east of Pineland Texas
Ending point -- 2 miles northeast of Pineland Texas
Rating -- EF0 with maximum winds 70 to 75 mph
Path length -- 1.5 miles
Maximum width -- 100 yards
Fatalities -- 0
Injuries -- 0

The National Weather Service conducted a storm survey in Sabine County Texas from about 1 mile east of Pineland Texas to about 2 miles northeast of Pineland.

It was determined that an EF0 tornado with winds of 70 - 75 mph touched down east of Pineland at 2:10 am CST December 24 2009 along FM 2426, where numerous trees were snapped and uprooted and several powerlines were downed on both sides of the road. The tornado tracked north, crossing Highway 83 northeast of Pineland, snapping and uprooting several trees before lifting. Initial reports of trees downed along Highway 83 came into the NWS via the sheriff’s office shortly after the storm moved through.

The tornado is estimated to have been on the ground approximately 2 minutes for 1.5 miles, with a path width of 100 yards.



Tornado 11:
Time of event -- 3:24 am through 3:26 am CST 12/24/2009
Beginning point -- 3 miles south of Pleasant Hill Louisiana
Ending point -- 2 miles southeast of Pleasant Hill Louisiana
Rating -- EF0 with maximum winds 65 to 75 mph
Path length -- 1.2 miles
Maximum width -- 75 yards
Fatalities -- 0
Injuries -- 0

The National Weather Service conducted a storm survey in Sabine Parish Louisiana, from about 3 miles south to 2 miles southeast of Pleasant Hill, Louisiana.

It was determined that a weak EF0 tornado touched down at 3:24 am CST December 24, 2009 east of Highway 175, where several large pecan trees were uprooted. The tornado moved northeast, snapping large limbs and damaging numerous trees before lifting at the intersection of Terrell Road and Miles Road.

The tornado is estimated to have been on the ground for approximately 2 minutes, with a path length of 1.2 miles and width of 75 yards. The maximum sustained winds are estimated between 65 to 70 mph.



Tornado 12:
Time of event -- 3:28 am through 3:29 am CST 12/24/2009
Beginning point -- 1 mile east of Fairmont Texas
Ending point -- 1.5 miles northeast of Fairmont Texas
Rating -- EF0 with maximum winds 65 to 70 mph
Path length -- 0.5 miles
Maximum width -- 50 yards
Fatalities -- 0
Injuries -- 0

The National Weather Service conducted a storm survey in Sabine County Texas, about 1 mile east of Fairmont Texas in the Toledo Beach Subdivision.

It was determined that a weak EF0 tornado touched down at 3:28 am CST December 24, 2009 along Toledo Beach Drive where several trees were downed and a shed was destroyed. The tornado skipped northeast to Lakeshore Drive where numerous trees were downed as well as several powerlines. The tornado then lifted as it was crossing Toledo Bend Reservoir. Initial reports of trees and powerlines downed in the subdivision came into the NWS via the sheriff’s office shortly after the storm moved through.

The tornado is estimated to have been on the ground for approximately 1 minute, with a path length of 0.5 miles and width Of 50 yards. The maximum sustained winds are estimated to be between 65 to 70 mph.



Tornado 13:
Time of event -- 4:21 am through 4:25 am CST 12/24/2009
Beginning point -- 2 miles north of Many Louisiana
Ending point -- 4.5 northeast of Many Louisiana
Rating -- EF0 with maximum winds 70 to 75 mph
Path length -- 2.6 miles
Maximum width -- 75 yards
Fatalities -- 0
Injuries -- 0

The National Weather Service conducted a storm survey in Sabine Parish Louisiana from about 2 miles north to 4.5 miles northeast of Many Louisiana.

It was determined that an EF0 tornado touched down at 4:21 am CST
December 24, 2009 on the east side of Highway 175, just north of the intersection of Highways 171 and 175. Large pine trees were snapped near a home at this location. The tornado moved northeast, snapping large limbs and uprooting trees before lifting.

The tornado is estimated to have been on the ground for approximately 4 minutes, with a path length of 2.6 miles and width of 75 yards. The maximum sustained winds are estimated to be between 70 to 75 mph.



Tornado 14:
Time of event -- 8:20 am through 8:26 am CST 12/24/2009
Beginning point -- 5 miles west of Farmerville Louisiana
Ending point -- 7 miles northwest of Farmerville Louisiana
Rating -- EF1 with maximum winds 85 to 90 mph
Path length -- 6 miles
Maximum width -- 150 yards
Fatalities -- 0
Injuries -- 0

A storm survey has been completed in Union, southeast Claiborne and northern Bienville Parishes in north-central Louisiana for severe thunderstorms that affected this region on Christmas Eve morning.

The National Weather Service conducted a storm survey in Union Parish, about 5 miles west of Farmerville. It was determined that a weak EF-1 tornado touched down along PR 4461 (Buck Moore Road) at 820 am, which moved northeast across PR 4471 (Jinks Road) and Highway 2, before crossing Walnut Tree Road on the northwest side of Lake Darbonne. Much of the tornado track consisted of EF-0 damage, as numerous trees/limbs were snapped and downed. However, the greatest concentration of damage was found on Walnut Tree Road along the shore of Lake Darbonne. Two homes were damaged by falling trees, with some shingles removed off of one home. A wooden shop was moved off of its foundation, with a couple of tin sheds blown into nearby woods and into the lake. Estimated winds at this location were 85-90 mph. It should be noted by eye-witness accounts that strong gradient winds associated with a cold front during the day on the 24th also downed a couple of trees in this location, which destroyed a metal shed.

The tornado tracked northeast across Lake Darbonne, where several trees were downed along PR 6606 (Zion Hill Road), before lifting at 826 am. The total track length was 6 miles, with a maximum width of 150 yards, found on Walnut Tree Road.

A storm survey was also completed across southeast Claiborne and extreme northern Bienville Parishes near Arcadia and Gibsland. Aside from some tree limbs that were downed at various locations, no evidence of tornadic damage was found.

The Tornado Outbreak of December 23rd, 2009 Across Northeast Texas


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