National Weather Service in Shreveport officials said a tornado touched down in central Harrison county early Wednesday, causing minimal damage to property and downed trees.
“We did send a team out today and they found that a F0 tornado touched down in the Nesbitt area of central Harrison county at 6:03 a.m. Wednesday,” NWS Meteorologist Patrick Omundson said.
“The tornado was on the ground less than a minute, three miles southwest of Harleton. The tornado had a very short track with some uprooted trees in its path.”
The NWS team also found separate storm damage in the Nesbitt area where straight line winds caused damage to a resident’s barn and carport.
“They found estimated 90 mph winds from 6 a.m. to 6:15 a.m. Wednesday,” Omundson said. “A barn and carport had the metal roofs removed due to the winds. There have been no reports of injuries.”
Omundson said the team found the most significant damage of downed trees along Hwy 154 in the Nesbitt area.
East Texas counties, including Gregg, Harrison and Marion counties are currently under a tornado watch until midnight on Wednesday, Omundson said.
“We could see another round of storms before 1 a.m., with a 70 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, though hopefully it won’t be as strong as this morning,” NWS Meteorological Technician Lisa May said Wednesday. “For Thursday, it will be hot, with a heat value as high as 107.”
In downtown Marshall, the Wednesday morning storms left several businesses and residences, including the Harrison County Courthouse, without power.
Damage was also found at downtown businesses, including the Perkins Building and Pazzeria by Pietro’s, where awnings were blown off.
Billboards and signs were also destroyed near Walgreens at the intersection of U.S. Hwy 80 and U.S. 59.
The NWS team’s storm assessment report can be found on their website at www.weather.gov/shv/