Stats

Path length: 0.5 miles

Width:  100 yards

Fatalities:  1

Injuries:  4

Rating:  F2

Parish:  West Feliciana

Tornado Path

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SPC coordinates (only one point provided):  Start: 30.9 / -91.58      

Note:  Exact tornado path may not be straight and/or continuous.

Summary

“Angola” is the location of the Louisiana State Penitentiary.  It is named “Angola” after the former plantation that occupied this territory.  This was a quick-hitting tornado at Angola.  A dormitory was unroofed and several guard towers were damaged.  A trustee guard was killed as his wooden guard post was destroyed.  Two inmates were injured by lightning.  

Discrepancies:

We gathered information for this event from the SPC & NCDC Databases, the February 1954 Climatological Data National Summary (CDNS) and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:

Rating:

  • SPC/NCDC have an F2 rating.
  • Grazulis has an F1 rating.

Injury Count:

  • CDNS has 2 injuries.
  • Remaining sources list 4 injuries.

    Sources:

    The Storm Prediction Center

    NCDC Storm Events Database

    Feruary 1954 Climatological Data National Summary

    Angola Museum

    newspapers.com

    Grazulis, Thomas P. (1993). Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991: A Chronology and Analysis of Events. St. Johnsbury, VT: The Tornado Project of Environmental Films. Page 976.

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