Atmospheric Archive: Gainesville Tornado: April 26, 1994


April 26, 1994:
Gainesville, TX
 The tornado was first spotted near Era in southwestern Cooke County shortly after 2:30pm.  It moved northeast into the city, and through the western and northern parts of Gainesville. From there it continued to near Callisburg in eastern Cooke County before dissipating. The tornado path carried it through at least one subdivision and two mobile home parks. Seventy homes were damaged, 15 mobile homes destroyed, and 52 mobile homes were damaged. Severe damage was done to a multi-story apartment complex, and 14 businesses were damaged. Several cars and trucks were flipped over as the tornado crossed Interstate 35.
At Callisburg, the High School was damaged, a mobile home and a house were destroyed, and trees were blown down onto roads. This was an EF-2 storm with a path about 200 yards wide. Damage estimates ran as high as $50 million. There were 8 people injured.
Later in the day around 6pm, brief tornado touchdowns were reported from Bonham to Honey Grove. A second intermittent damage path began one mile southeast of Direct in Lamar County northeast to near Belk. This EF-2 Damage occurred along a 10-yard wide, 6 mile long path. Some 15 houses, 35 barns and outbuildings, and an RV were damaged or destroyed. Dollar losses in this second tornado: one half million.
Steve LaNore
Chief Meteorologist
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