SPC Stats

Path length: 9 miles

Width:  1000 yards

Fatalities:  2

Injuries:  20

Rating:  F4

Louisiana:  Ouachita, Morehouse

13 tornadoes occurred on April Fool’s Day of 1983.  The strongest was rated F4.  It moved 9 miles through Ouachita and Morehouse Parishes in Louisiana.

Summary information from Storm Data and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes:

This tornado developed about 10 miles northeast of Monroe.  It was described by witnesses as “a large gray mass”.  The town of Collinston was hit.  A total of 34 homes were destroyed along the path.  There were 2 fatalities and 20 injuries.  The twister dissipated just to the northeast of Collinston.

Tornado Path

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SPC coordinates:  Start: 32.65 / -92.02   End:  32.70 / -91.87

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

Newspaper Clippings


The Storm Prediction Center

NCDC Storm Events Database

July 1983 Storm Data Publication


Grazulis, Thomas P. (1993). Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991: A Chronology and Analysis of Events. St. Johnsbury, VT: The Tornado Project of Environmental Films. Page 1246.

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