29. April 2017 · Comments Off on April 29: Eastern Texas · Categories: Great Plains 2017

It was a rather intense chase day in eastern Texas. Initially we planned to stay in Greenville and look for storms firing just to the west, but once we saw the cells further southeast we made our way to Mineola to stay on the east side of the storms in hopes of getting a clear view of any circulation. Long story short, we dropped south to get onto TX-64 where we intercepted the second tornado just south of central Canton.

On radar we saw yet another area of intensifying rotation which concerned us. It appeared to be headed towards the same general vicinity as the previous tornado just a bit further east. This storm just seemed to keep producing tornadoes over the same area while slowly sliding northeast… At one point it felt like it was chasing us as we kept heading east on I-20 waiting for the system to weaken so we could reverse course and drive back to Dallas.

It was heartbreaking to see so much damage, and of course hear about the injuries and loss of life. If you’re interested in helping out the folks of Canton this is where you can: http://www.redcross.org/