SPC Stats

Path length: 2.51 miles

Width:  400 yards

Fatalities:  1

Injuries:  4

Rating:  EF2

County:  Little River

A total of 35 tornadoes were confirmed to hit on October 13, 2014.  Most were rated EF0 or EF1.  There were 3 rated EF2 and we look at one of those in this summary. 

A strong upper level system and cold front moved through parts of the south.  Damaging winds and isolated tornadoes formed along the squall line.  A tornado developed just south of Highway 32 west of Ashdown, AR.   As it crossed the highway, it hit a mobile home completely destroying it. There were 5 family members inside.  Mr. Eddy Withem died.  His wife Roxanne and three children were injured.  

Here is an article via KSLA News about the event: 


Storm Data Entry

A tornado quickly spun up, embedded in a squall line across Little River County in Southwest Arkansas.  A National Weather Service Storm Survey crew determined that an EF-2 tornado touched down 9 miles west of Ashdown, Arkansas near the Arden community.  The tornado touched down just south of Hwy. 32 where it snapped and uprooted numerous trees.  The tornado then crossed Hwy. 32 where it completely destroyed a mobile home with 5 family members inside.  A 33 year old male was killed and a 34 year old female was critically injured after being thrown from the mobile home.  Three children, a 16 year old female, an 11 year old male and a 6 year old male were injured when they were trapped in the debris.  The tornado also damaged another nearby mobile home as it quickly moved northeast, lifting it as it crossed CR. 16

Tornado Path

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The path in black shows the SPC coordinates:  Start: 33.6617 / -94.2303      End: 33.6794 / -94.2685

This path moves Northwest.  Per the NWS summary, the track moved NE for approximate 2.5 miles.  They have a starting point south of Highway 32, nine miles west of Ashdown.  I have added an approximate point there.  The tornado moves NE and end 7 miles west of Ashdown near the Arden community.  I have added an approximate point there.

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

Damage Photos via NWS Shreveport

A double-wide manufactured home was completely destroyed with debris from the home being blown away. This damage was rated EF2. A vehicle was also overturned at this residence. A family of 5 was inside the home during the tornado. One person was killed and the other four were injured.


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