Path length: 9 miles
Width: 1000 yards
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.
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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