CHEROKEE COUNTY – County crews are continuing their work to clear the debris created by an EF-1 tornado that hit the area late Friday, part of a miles-long storm system that blew through the area.
According to meteorologist Chris Nuttall of National Weather Service – Shreveport, the tornado touched down for about a minute on a farm located off Cherokee County Road 1619, two miles northwest of the city of Rusk.
“It was a very short track that started on a farm, then went northeast to U.S. Highway 69 before crossing the highway, he said.
The tornado was about 75 yards wide and its path was 0.86-miles long, “uprooting trees and causing roof damage and broken windows on buildings. It also destroyed a shed,” he added.
The storm system was moving 40 to 50 miles per hour, with a maximum wind of 105 miles per hour, he said.
Cherokee County Precinct 1 Commissioner Kelly Traylor said crews have been working continuously since the weekend to get debris from the sides of the road to create safer travel and provide work areas for electric crews.
“The power companies, people like that, are trying to work around (the debris), setting up new electric poles and lines,” he said. “People can still get up and down the road, but there's still a lot of debris to pick up, and we're also working to clean up from some straight-line wind damage in Jacksonville, south of the Afton Grove area.”
While no deaths or injuries were reported from the tornado in Cherokee County, Nuttall said the weather event produced “a big line of storms (Friday), with multiple super cells in that line that produced tornadoes, with Cherokee County the first place for (a tornado) to occur of the six tornados produced” in NWS – Shreveport's area of coverage.
A tornado that touched down at 11:33 p.m. Friday about 6 miles west-southest of Nacogdoches resulted in one fatality and one injury, he said.