Preliminary survey report: EF-3 Tornado swept through Ruston, Louisiana

RELATED: NWS heading to San Augustine, TX to survey damage from Tornado

According to the National Weather Service storm (damage) survey team, preliminary (prelim) results indicate at least an EF-3 Tornado swept through Ruston, Louisiana (LA) the early hours of Wednesday night/Thursday morning.

The prelim results also indicate that at least an EF-2 Tornado touched down in San Augustine, Texas. Not forgetting to mention an EF-1 Tornado that touched down near Mooringsport, LA.

Going by the Enhanced Fujita Scale, the Ruston Tornado had winds of at least one hundred and thirty five miles per hour or great. The NWS Shreveport branch will release their complete storm report later this evening.

That report will include exact strength and track of the above mentioned Tornadoes.

A mother and her son was killed by this Tornado. Our thoughts, prayers and love go to the family at this time.

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NWS heading to San Augustine, TX to survey damage from Tornado

RELATED: Violent Tornado touches down in San Augustine, TX: Damage reported

The National Weather Service (NWS – Shreveport, Louisiana branch) are sending a team to survey damage after a Tornado touched down Wednesday night/Thursday morning – early hours.

NWS reported a long-tracked supercell thunderstorm passed through deep east Texas, west-central Louisiana moving into the Arkansas/Louisiana area. 

The NWS reported the “potential” storm damage path is approximately one hundred and fifty miles long with “possible” Tornado damage reported in a number of counties/parishes.

You can find out more on this relating story here

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Violent Tornado touches down in San Augustine, TX: Damage reported

This is a developing story. Details to come as we get them.

It is being reported that a large, violent Tornado touched down in San Augustine, Texas, which is around forty miles (east north east) of Lufkin.

Unconfirmed reports suggest the Tornado went through the town at around 11:30pm – conflicting times at this time (GMT-5) – relating tweet can be found below.

The tweet above also suggests the Tornado has caused significant damage to the town. The tweet further suggests residents in and around San Augustine, Texas are trapped…

…However, we are trying to confirm that. Photos of damage has started to emerge online – find three below.

Photo credit: Shane Fenley
Photo credit: Shane Fenley
Photo credit: Shane Fenley

UPDATE: More photos of damage have started to emerge online – see below.

Photo credit: Mike McCary
Photo credit: Mike McCary

UPDATE #2: On Twitter, the Texas storm chasers posted a interesting and relating tweet about the Tornado – read in full below.

UPDATE #3: The below comment just appeared on Texas storm chasers Facebook page – we’re glad your family are safe Ashlee!

Screen capture: Texas storm chasers

UPDATE #4: KTRE’s Hunter Sowards just posted the below photos which were captured by Amber Hight.

Photo credit: Amber Hight.
Photo credit: Amber Hight.

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