Multiple Tornadoes Confirmed in East Texas
Nine tornadoes ranging in size from EF-0 to EF-4 struck East Texas on April 30, 2017 according to preliminary data from the National Weather Service. In addition to causing widespread damage through Henderson, Hopkins, Rains, Van Zandt, Smith and Wood county, the storm system claimed the lives of 4 individuals according to Van Zandt County officials. Their identities were confirmed as:
Russell “Rusty” Barlow, 51, of Corsicana;
Kenneth Hughes, 57, of Canton;
Lucretia Evette Sykes, 49, of Fort Worth; and
James Clayton Young, 39, of Alba.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the community and the families of those who lost their lives.