Tornado from a distance

Reader Lindsay Thorpe took this photo of a tornado in Rockwall County Sunday night during the severe storm outbreak. The National Weather Service confirmed Monday that an EF-1 tornado with wind speeds of 90 mph did touch down in the city.

UPDATE 8:38 a.m. Although some accounts indicate 11 tornadoes touched down in North Texas this past weekend, as of Wednesday morning the National Weather Service is listing nine tornadoes, including two brief twisters in Kaufman County.

Original article:

A fourth tornado was confirmed to have touched down and caused damage in North Texas between late Sunday night and early  Monday morning.

The National Weather Service reported Tuesday morning that an EF-1 tornado with estimated winds of 90 mph hit inside the city limits of Rockwall.

The Rockwall Police Department previously reported about eight homes sustained minor to moderate damage as the storm moved west to east just north of Downtown Rockwall. Damage was reported from Sunset Hill to the west to Wisperwood to the east.

National Weather Service teams were also surveying damage Tuesday in Northern Ellis County and in Garland with plans to survey Farmersville, Erath County and Kaufman County.

But there still had been no reports of any tornado activity in Hunt County during the storm event.

“We did have high winds,” Hunt County Director of Homeland Security/Emergency Management Richard Hill said Tuesday afternoon. “We had eight county roads blocked due to limbs, but the county commissioners had that picked up by noon Monday.

Hill said all of the reported damage occurred in County Precincts 3 and 4.

“We dodged another bullet and we were very lucky,” Hill said.

Bill Kyles contacted the Herald-Banner Tuesday to note his barn between Campbell and Commerce off Highway 24 and FM 2736 lost its roof.

“Neighbor across road northeast of barn lost trees and roof off well house and further northeast neighbors lost two trees,” Kyles said.

Emergency officials have reported multiple trees and utility lines being downed, and a few scattered power outages, but no reports of any homes or businesses being damaged and no reported injuries.

Classes at Texas A&M University-Commerce were cancelled Monday as the university was closed due to damages and power outages.

Thunderstorm and/or wind damage was reported just west of Greenville along Interstate 30, and in the far northeast corner of Hunt County.

A wind gust estimated at more than 60 miles per hour was reported to have occurred in Greenville itself.

The National Weather Service has also confirmed an EF-3 tornado hit North Dallas with winds of 140 mph, an EF-1 tornado touched down in Rowlett with estimated maximum winds of 100 mph. Damage was also reported along County Road 3849 north of Wills Point in Van Zandt County caused by an EF-0 tornado with estimated winds of 80 mph.

Another chance for strong to severe thunderstorms is in the National Weather Service forecast for Thursday night into Friday.

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