NWS confirms tornado hit E. Texas town early Monday - KCTV5

NWS confirms tornado hit E. Texas town early Monday

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Avery, TX (KSLA) -

Authorities have confirmed that damage done earlier this week in East Texas was caused by a tornado.

The National Weather Service said an EF-0 twister tracked through the town of Avery, TX about 8:16 a.m. Monday, packing 85 mile-per-hour winds.

It began about 1 mile west of Avery and cut a 1.7-mile path through the area.

The storm snapped two oak trees along CR 3326, then several more, and then damaged the roof of the Avery High School gym.

There, the twister also tore off the roof of a baseball field dugout and toppled a small building. Another large oak was snapped in half before the tornado lifted east of town.

Some employees at Avery High saw the funnel headed for them and hid in a hallway until it passed.

"No one was screaming, no one was really panicking," said principal Daniel Pritchett. "There was that instant fear whenever we saw the funnel and yelled 'Tornado!' and went into the hallway. At that point, everyone was pretty calm and collected."

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