11janAll DayNW Louisiana (Bossier, Webster, Clairborne Parishes, LA)


Start Time:  1:24 am CST

End Time:  2:05 am CST

Rating:  EF2

Estimated Peak Winds: 135 mph

Path length: 40.63 miles

Width:  300 yards

Fatalities:  3

Injuries: 0

Parish:  Bossier, Webster, Clairborne

State:  Louisiana

Start Lat/Lon: 32.4571 / -93.5875

End Lat/Lon: 32.6218 / -92.9337

Note:  Bienville Parish is not mentioned in the storm summary but when you plot the coordinates, it takes it through this parish

The tornado initially touched down just south of Barksdale  Air Force Base off of Sligo Rd in southern Bossier Parish. There,  it snapped and uprooted hundreds of softwood and hardwood trees and damaged several car ports and outbuildings. The tornado then crossed the far southeast corner of Barksdale AFB where at least a hundred trees were uprooted and snapped. After the tornado exited the corner of Barksdale AFB it strengthened south of Haughton to produce its most significant damage, completely destroying a single wide manufactured home and a double wide manufactured home  off of Davis Rd.  Two fatalities occurred in the double wide with an additional fatality in the single wide. The storm continued on to produce roof damage and uproot and snap trees which fell into homes in southeastern Bossier Parish. The damage was most concentrated along James Lane.

After the tornado crossed into Webster Parish, it downed hundreds of trees near Doyline and Sibley before it damaged a metal barn  structure, the roof of a home, and destroyed a shed on Wallraven Road north of Dubberly. Just before the storm crossed I-20 between exits 49 and 52, it developed a much wider swath of straight line winds with its rear flank downdraft just south of the tornado damage. After it crossed I-20 southeast of Minden, the tornado then rolled a single wide trailer and damaged roofs on two structures before it moved into Claiborne Parish.

The tornado touched down intermittently throughout much of southern Claiborne Parish, passing south of Athens. It produced partial roof damage on approximately a half dozen chicken houses and shingle and partial roof damage to several other  structures. Along the path, trees fell on homes, producing damage that could not be rated since it occurred from the impact of the trees and not the direct impacts of the wind.  In addition, widespread straight line winds estimated at 90-100 mph along the path of the tornado led to extensive tree damage.

Photos of EF2 via the NWS Shreveport.


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