NWS to survey storm damage in east Texas

National Weather Service confirms EF1 tornado touched down near Wendell

The NWS has the final say on whether or not the damage was tornadic in nature or was done by straight-line winds.

"They will look at the pattern of the damage to determine whether it was a real tornado or just strong winds", Meteorologist Stephanie Sine said.

Officials with the National Weather Service will be in the area to determine if a tornado did touch down.

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The tornadoes largely occurred in rural or uninhabited places, lessening the damage. An EF3 or EF4 tornado would do severe to devastating damage like entire stories of well-constructed houses destroyed, trees debarked, heavy cars lifted off the ground and thrown, whole well-constructed houses and whole frame houses completely destroyed and leveled.

In North Carolina the weather system is being blamed for a possible tornado near Greensboro. Plate glass windows were blown out and a portion of the roof was ripped off.

One of the EF2 tornadoes was in Crawford County, near Mountainburg, where Gov. Asa Hutchinson toured Sunday to survey the damage. An EF1 tornado was confirmed in Fairfield County from northeast of Ridgeway to the western shores of Lake Wateree. As the tornado continued into Chicot County, two sets of wooden transmission poled were found snapped and a mobile home sustained damage.

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The storms also killed a one-year-old girl when a tree fell on a recreational vehicle where she was sleeping, the sheriff's office in Bossier Parish, Louisiana, said.

In the Detroit metro area, more than 310,000 customers of DTE Energy lost power on Sunday because of ice storms, DTE spokeswoman Je'well Pearson said. "The wind and hail were coming sideways at me". They have confirmed 15 total tornadoes so far across the ArkLaTex.

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