50 homes damaged after tornadoes hit Texas

Tornado Rips Through East Texas
Tornado Rips Through East Texas

At least 50 homes were damaged by a tornado in northeast Texas on Saturday afternoon, according to reports, with chances of more twisters on Sunday.

Forecasters were still trying to determine the strength of the tornado that touched down around 4 p.m. in Lindale, about 90 miles southeast of Dallas. No injuries were reported, according to NBC Dallas-Fort Worth, but mayor Robert Nelson issued a disaster declaration.

"We saw these clouds and these little tornadoes that were shooting down and then one hit the ground. We saw it hit the ground," said witness Melissa Malone.

About 40 miles to the north a tornado touched down in Willis, according to forecasters.

Principal meteorologist with the Weather Channel Roy Lucksinger said the threat of tornadoes remained Sunday, but the system was less potent.

"The system is losing some of its punch on its southern end — the main upper level system is pulling up in the Great Plains," Lucksinger said.

"It's still unstable near the Gulf Coast ... We will still have spotted wind damage and can't rule out an isolated tornado."

Meanwhile, the big storms that killed at least two people in Oregon this week shifted into California, where snow coated the slopes of the Sierra Nevada. But forecasters said mudslide danger on saturated hills in the Northwest would remain high through the weekend.

Forecasters said a third winter-like storm in a week will bring rain and possible thunderstorms to much of Northern California and up to two feet of snow in the Sierras.

National Weather Service meteorologist Nathan Owen said that after a lull Saturday, the system would move into parched California packing precipitation and strong winds.

Owen says the latest storm will dump slightly less rain in the state than the previous systems -- with the San Francisco Bay Area and the San Joaquin Valley expected to get up to about half an inch.

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