WINONA, Texas (KETK) – The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-1 tornado touched down in Winona on Monday.

The tornado had wind speeds of roughly 95 mph and was 200 yards wide, uprooting roughly 50 trees and damaging a few structures. No injuries or fatalities were reported in the four minutes it was on the ground, officials said.

Most of the damage was right when the tornado was crossing FM 16 at Hussey Circle. It narrowly missed Winona ISD, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at NWS Shreveport Charlie Woodrum said.

“Just a roar, it was a roar like I have never heard before. It’s crazy,” said Nelson Brumley, Winona resident

Brumley says his wife Shelley was sitting on the front porch when the tornado hit on Monday.

“She heard what she thought was a truck, and then it got louder, and the wind started blowing,” said Brumley. 

They say there were no warnings or sirens.

“We did not have a strong signal on the radar in this case, and that’s why it’s so important for us to get reports from our sky warning spotters, and our observers. We issued out the tornado based off a report that we got from the emergency manager,” said Charlie Woodrum, National Weather Service Shreveport Meteorologist.

According to Woodrum, tornadoes in August are “extremely rare.” They issued a tornado warning just after it touched down, as it was too low to be fully radar-indicated.

Woodrum stressed the importance of being prepared for severe weather, including tornadoes. Making sure your family has a plan in the event of a tornado can save lives, he said. He also mentioned that we are going into the peak of hurricane season soon, and to be ready for that.

He said most of the damage done to buildings was caused by fallen trees.