The tornado that tore through Lamar County in severe weather on Friday was stronger than forecasters had previously estimated, according to the National Weather Service.
Wednesday’s update upgraded the twister from an EF-3 with 160 mph winds to an EF-4 with 170 mph winds, the NWS said.
A preliminary survey showed damage from the EF-3 tornado on Saturday, but survey crews have since found damage to a Lamar County home that was consistent with an EF-4 tornado, the NWS reported. The survey team was unable to reach this location on Saturday, the day after the storm.
The long-tracked tornado was 1,350 meters wide and traveled 22 ground miles from Toco, near US 82, and followed northwest of Paris through Powderly, toward the Rouge River, before veering off. collapse at 4:48 p.m. near Ord, Oklahoma. . No deaths or injuries were reported with this tornado.
The NWS said the EF-4 tornado was the strongest measured during the outbreak that stretched from northern Texas to northwest Arkansas. The fall storm spawned tornadoes and caused flash flooding, killing at least two people, injuring others and leaving homes and buildings in ruins.