UPDATE: National Weather Service provides more details on 3 tornadoes that hit East Texas Tuesday

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TYLER, Texas (KETK) — The National Weather Service on Wednesday provided new information about three tornadoes that hit Smith and Cherokee counties on Tuesday.

A tornado with winds of about 80 mph hit west of Tyler at 9:10 a.m. Tuesday. It was 40-yards wide and stayed on the ground for 1.65 miles. It was on the ground for about two minutes.

The NWS said: “The tornado touched down in Lindsey Park and crossed TX-364 Spur. In Lindsey Park, the tornado was observed by several people, including a youth soccer organization which sheltered in restrooms nearby. The tornado damaged several soccer goals and bleachers nearby before uprooting a tree and downing limbs on two other trees. The tornado continued to cross Greenbriar Lake and then Bellwood Lake before lifting. The tornado was also documented with video by several members of the public.”

A second tornado touched down northeast of Rusk in Cherokee County at 10:02 a.m. It had winds of 70 mph, was 20 yards wide and only briefly touched down.

“The tornado briefly touched down as it was crossing US Highway 84 northeast of Rusk. It broke mall limbs on a couple of hardwood and softwood trees and also left two power poles leaning,” the NWS said.

A third tornado hit Reklaw at 10:23 a.m. It had 80 mph winds, was 20 yards wide and only briefly touched down.

“The tornado briefly touched down at Ramey Plant Farm. There, it collapsed the metal lining structure of two greenhouses before breaking several large branches on a mature hardwood tree.
The tornado lifted as it crossed TX-204. At the Reklaw City Hall, intense ear pressure was experienced by one of the city workers as the tornado passed nearby.”

No one was hurt by any of the twisters.

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