The National Weather Service has confirmed that a EF-1 tornado with 90 mph winds hit near Bagwell, in Red River County, early Wednesday morning.
“Initial assessment of the damage on Wednesday lead us to believe this was a ‘small spin up’ tornado that was short lived,” said Red River County Emergency Management Coordinator, Amanda Willows. “The National Weather Service on Thursday confirmed it was a small tornado, rated as an EF-1 with 90 mph winds.”
According to reports, no one was injured in the storm, however, two families had close calls as the tornado hit close to their homes.
“There was little warning for the families with one gentleman stating he was sitting in a back room reading his Bible when he saw his lawn furniture blow by the window. He, his partner and their two children took shelter in the home which received significant damage,” said Willows. “A cabin on the north side of the road had a close call when a large tree in the front yard snapped in two, landing right next to the cabin where grandparents were staying with their small grandchildren.”
Willows said the path of the damage traveled northeast across CR 2110
“We are thankful no one was injured in this storm. Spring weather is so unpredictable in NE Texas, so it’s important to stay aware and be prepared. Our Commissioner and Forestry Service did a fantastic job in getting the trees and debris cleared from the roadway so quickly. The Texas Department of Emergency Management was also on the scene to access.”