Path length: 9 miles

Width:Β  1000 yards

Fatalities:Β  2

Injuries:Β  20

Rating:Β  F4

Louisiana:Β  Ouachita, Morehouse

Tornado Path

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

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


13 tornadoes occurred on April Fool’s Day of 1983.Β  The strongest was rated F4.Β  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.Β  It was described by witnesses as “a large gray mass”.Β  The town of Collinston was hit.Β  A total of 34 homes were destroyed along the path.Β  There were 2 fatalities and 20 injuries.Β  The twister dissipated just to the northeast of Collinston.

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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