11janAll DaySpearsville (Union Parish, LA)


Start Time:  2:19 am CST

End Time:  2:23 am CST

Rating:  EF1

Estimated Peak Winds: 107 mph

Path length: 3.05 miles

Width:  250 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries: 0

Parish:  Union

State:  Louisiana

Start Lat/Lon: 32.8654 / -92.5633

End Lat/Lon: 32.8890 / -92.5189

The tornado first touched down on the east side of Highway 550, in between Milton and Mariola Road. Here, it uprooted and snapped some softwood trees. The tornado continued northeast in the embedded squall line, which was also doing wind damage along both sides of the main tornado path.

The most significant tornado damage occurred along Clayton Foster and Christine Road. Here, the tornado completely tore off the  metal roofs from two chicken coops, and uprooted/snapped several hard and softwood trees. The convergent pattern of the tornado is best seen in these locations, as trees on either side of the damage are converging on the center path. Additional chicken coop damage occurred on the south end of the tornado, closer to Christine Road, where a portion of the tin roof was rolled back to the south, and metal roofing was thrown hundreds of feet along the main tornado path.

The tornado finished its life cycle along Thomas Wade Road, where it ripped more metal roofing from chicken coops, and tossed them in a south direction away from the main circulation. By survey team estimates, the tornado occluded in this location. The remaining damage along the path of the squall line (on the east side of State Route 15) was determined to be wind damage, due to the uniformity in which the damage occurred, and the width of the overall tree damage.


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