TYLER — The National Weather Service in Shreveport has confirmed a EF-0 tornado went through the southwest area of Tyler on Tuesday morning.
A weather service representative said the twister had 80 mph winds. Crews were on the scene Wednesday investigating damage in Smith and Cherokee counties to gather more information.
An EF-0 tornado can have winds from 65 mph to 85 mph. The scale goes up to EF-5, which signals a tornado with winds higher than 200 mph, according to the NWS.
On Tuesday, the weather service confirmed tornado sightings in the Tyler area, including Spur 364 and CR 1125, near Lindsey Park.
A weather representative also said officials heard reports of tornado sightings in Tyler at Loop 323 and Highway 110 North as well as north of the city.
The tornado that came toward Lindsey Park caused minor damage, including torn soccer goals, uprooted and downed trees and a blown-over goal post.
City of Tyler park crews also rushed about 25 children at a soccer camp at Lindsey Park to safety when the tornado headed toward the soccer fields.
Lindsey Park Crew Leader Dorean Lindsey said his team saw the tornado and began moving the children, ages 9 to 16, and coaches off the field and to the restrooms for shelter.
The city of Tyler said the group stayed in the restrooms for about 15 minutes until it was safe to leave. No one was injured.