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The National Weather Service in Shreveport has completed their survey of damage near Pineland, TX. They have confirmed that an EF-1 tornado with winds up to 105 MPH touched down. This tornado traveled 4.5 miles and was on the ground for nine minutes. Sadly, a 74 year old woman was killed when her mobile home was rolled and then demolished by falling trees. This was a rare case where no severe thunderstorm or tornado warnings were in effect. After reviewing radar data, I can confirm that this storm did not show any strong indications of producing a tornado. Research will be done into this event to find out what went wrong in the warning process. We don’t often see fatal tornadoes go without warning, but this one really did strike without warning. This is the first fatality to occur from a tornado in Texas since April 24, 2007.
Here is the storm survey from the National Weather Service in Shreveport, Louisiana.
.TORNADO # 1: PINELAND TX 5 N... RATING: EF-1 ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 104 MPH PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 4.5 MILES PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 150 YARDS FATALITIES: 1 INJURIES: 0 START DATE: 02/21/13 START TIME: 1:10 PM CST START LOCATION: 5 MILES NORTH OF PINELAND/SABINE/TX START LAT/LON: 31.3157/-93.9751 END DATE: 02/21/13 END TIME: 1:19 PM CST END LOCATION: 3 MILES WEST OF HEMPHILL/SABINE/TX END LAT/LON: 31.3442/-93.9072 THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN AS AN EF-0 ALONG CHARLIE FORSE ROAD...SNAPPING LARGE BRANCHES ALONG THE ROAD. THE TORNADO INTENSIFIED TO EF-1 AS IT CROSSED FM 1 AT STRICKLAND CROSSING WEST...SNAPPING AND UPROOTING NUMEROUS TREES AND ROLLING A MOBILE HOME ON ITS SIDE. OTHER TREES FELL ONTO SEVERAL HOMES AS THE TORNADO CONTINUED EAST ALONG STRICKLAND CROSSING WEST...WHERE A 74 YEAR OLD FEMALE WAS KILLED AS A RESULT OF SEVERE HEAD INJURIES WHEN A TREE FELL ONTO HER WHILE SHE WAS SLEEPING IN HER MOBILE HOME. THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST CROSSING PLAINVIEW ROAD/FM 2024... AND OVER A HEAVILY WOODED AREA WHILE SNAPPING ADDITIONAL TREES...BEFORE LIFTING ALONG BENNET ROAD.