Viewer photo from KSLA of Waskom, Texas tornado on I20:



Severe weather is in full force in NE Texas today with two tornadoes already confirmed along I20.  One near Canton, TX where I20 is reported blocked with a report of at least one home flattened! Debris is reported on I20.

A second storm further to the east has produced a tornado at mile marker 829 on I20 in Texas  just west of the Louisiana state line.

Live updates on Twitter as I get them:



6:14 pm CST I20 closed by DPS in the Canton, TX area.

6:14 pm CST I20 and Hwy 80 blocked by debris in the Waskom, Texas area

6:38 pm CST Damage/possible tornado now reported in SE Henderson, County TX

6:44 pm CST Damage/possible tornado south of Sulfur Springs, TX on Hwy 19

6:52 pm CST Related to report in SE Henderson County, TX Emergency management reporting tornado hit a house on CR2855

7:04 pm CST Canton, TX  Businesses reported damaged: Days Inn, Circle K, McDonalds

7:33 pm CST Waskom, TX Eyewitness description of house damage sounds like EF3 damage.  Many pine trees snapped in half widespread, accidents on I20 and lots of debris on I20 and Hwy 80.  Possible injuries in the area

7:45 pm CST Harrison County, TX (Waskom)  Sheriff has called in Shreveport police to help with rescue efforts. Shreveport is sending 3 search dogs and 6 handlers to assist in search and rescue.

7:50 pm CST KTBS is reporting authorities state no injuries reported in Waskom at this time.

7:50 pm CST KTBS viewer photo of damage in Waskom

waskom damage

7:57 pm CST Belated reports from Sulfur Springs, TX

  • Tractor trailers turned over on I30
  • FM1870 chimney blown over, power lines down, trampoline in power lines
  • powerlines and trees down on SE side per Emergency Management
  • north side of town: roof caved in, truck overturned, debris in road
  • power pole and tree damage at 154 and 19

8:23 pm CST New viewer photo surfaces of Waskom Tornado from KTBS

  • Photo removed. Seems a viewer sent in a storm chase photo take by Roger Edwards and Rich Thompson from 1999.

8:29 pm CDT Ore City, Texas (belated) Roof blown off bank and grocery store.

9:05 pm CDT  Some of the photos surfacing of the damage in Waskom, TX are suggestive of EF3 tornado damage in my opinion.  We won’t know for sure until the NWS can get out tomorrow and survey the area.

9:25pm CDT Van Zandt County, Texas Sheriff is reporting they have widespread damage to homes reported in rural areas  of the county they are having difficulty getting to because of trees blocking the roads.

UPDATES FINAL AS OF NOW 10 pm CDT.  Will do a recap in the next 48 hours.

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