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Lindale, Texas Tornado Rated an EF-2

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A destructive tornado that moved through the east Texas town of Lindale on Friday was rated as an EF-2 by the National Weather Service on Saturday.

The National Weather Service (NWS) office in Shreveport, Louisiana assessed the damage in Lindale on Saturday and determined that at least an EF-2 strength tornado touched down on Friday evening, injuring two people and causing significant damage to at least two businesses.

The survey wasn’t complete as of Sunday afternoon. The tornado could still be further upgraded when the survey is completed this week.

Lindale is about 85 miles east of Dallas and has a population of around 5,000 people.

WeatherNation’s John Van Pelt and Kevin Saunders were in Lindale on Saturday highlighting the extensive damage done to a local sporting goods store (picture) and the survival tale of two people inside the store, who had just recently gone over their tornado preparedness plan that week and safely sought shelter in an interior room in the store. The two ended up being fine despite the near-total destruction of the store they were in.

The week ahead, however, appears to be much calmer for east Texas, offering the area a needed break from not only severe weather but deadly floods that have impacted the region.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi – Photos: John Van Pelt and Kevin Saunders for WeatherNation

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