EF3 Tornado Kills 2, Injures 43 in East Texas Town

The East Texas town of Van saw two of its residents dead and nearly 100 homes destroyed after an EF3 tornado touched down Sunday night.
EF3 tornado Van Texas
A look at the damage after an EF3 tornado hit Van, Texas.|Photo by CBSDFW

The National Weather Service has said that an EF3 tornado is responsible for two deaths and more than 40 injuries in the East Texas town of Van Sunday night.

According to the Tyler Morning Telegraph:

Two people were killed in last night’s storm that struck the Van area. The fatalities occurred on Bois d’Arc Street, just south of a mobile home park, it was revealed in a press briefing at the 11 a.m. hour. Between 50 and 100 homes were damaged or destroyed.

Forty-three people were taken to area hospitals. Mother Frances Hospital Tyler received and treated 33 patients after the severe weather, according to Will Knous, Trinity Mother Frances spokesman. The first patients were received around 10:24 p.m., with the last arriving at approximately 1:30 a.m.

The EF3 rating comes from the “Enhanced Fujita” scale, which measures the strength of a tornado based on wind speed and the damage it causes.

EF3 tornadoes have wind speeds between 136–165 miles per hour, while EF4 tornadoes have speeds between 166–200 mph and EF5s have speeds of more than 200 mph.