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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Lake Charles LA
320 PM CDT Thu Apr 20 2017

...NWS Damage Survey for 04/02/17 Tornado Event - Update 1

.Update...Updated start and end times of tornadoes based on radar
and surface reports.

.Glenmora/Forest Hill Tornado...

Rating:                   EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:      105 MPH
Path length /Statute/:    7.4 Miles
Path width /Maximum/:     50 Yards
Fatalities:               0
Injuries:                 0

Start date:               Apr 02 2017
Start time:               132 pm CDT
Start location:           1 NW Glenmora/Rapides/LA
Start Lat/Lon:            30.9925/-92.5992

End date:                 Apr 02 2017
End time:                 146 pm CDT
End location:             2 N Forest Hill/Rapides/LA
End lat/lon:              31.0738/-92.5221

Survey Summary: A few pine trees were snapped between Glenmora and Forest Hill.
Most damage was medium to small branches. The storm began near McNary Cutoff and
LA 113 and dissipated near LA 112 and US 165.

.Woodworth Tornado...

Rating:                   EF-2
Estimated Peak Wind:      115 MPH
Path length /Statute/:    5.5 Miles
Path width /Maximum/:     800 Yards
Fatalities:               0
Injuries:                 0

Start date:               Apr 02 2017
Start time:               150 pm CDT
Start location:           3 WSW Woodworth/Rapides/LA
Start Lat/Lon:            31.1255/-92.5368

End date:                 Apr 02 2017
End time:                 159 pm CDT
End location:             5 NNW Woodworth/Rapides/LA
End lat/lon:              31.2057/-92.5313

Survey Summary: The tornado began near Bayou Clear and moved north across Bayou
Clear Road where 4 homes were damaged by falling trees. The tornado continued
north across Castor Plunge Road where it reached its maximum width of around
half a mile. Many pine trees were snapped or uprooted. The tornado dissipated
near Bayou Boeuf. Most of the path was in the Kisatchie National Forest. This
tornado was seen and filmed by many people in the area.

.Alexandria Tornado...

Rating:                   EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:      105 MPH
Path length /Statute/:    5.4 Miles
Path width /Maximum/:     500 Yards
Fatalities:               0
Injuries:                 0

Start date:               Apr 02 2017
Start time:               205 pm CDT
Start location:           5 SW Alexandria/Rapides/LA
Start Lat/Lon:            31.2499/-92.4821

End date:                 Apr 02 2017
End time:                 218 pm CDT
End location:             2 NW Alexandria/Rapides/LA
End lat/lon:              31.3281/-92.4778

Survey Summary: The tornado touched down near US 165 and Bowie Drive, blowing down
several trees, damaging a gas station awning, and blowing the doors in and the
side of a large storage building. It crossed to the west side of US 165 where it
hit residential areas including Cherokee Village and Plantation Acres where
many trees were downed, some landing on homes, garages, and vehicles. Some
buildings had minor roof damage such as shingles or soffit pulled off. The
tornado continued into a business district along Jackson Street west of US 165
where it lifted parts of flat roofs off of businesses. Some of the flying
debris broke windows of vehicles and businesses in the area, as well as
large billboard and other signage. The tornado continued north, crossing
the intersection of LA 28 and US Hwy 165, and dissipated before it reached
I-49. This tornado was seen and filmed by many people in the area.

.Lena Tornado...

Rating:                   EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:      60 MPH
Path length /Statute/:    0.1 Miles
Path width /Maximum/:     10 Yards
Fatalities:               0
Injuries:                 0

Start date:               Apr 02 2017
Start time:               320 pm CDT
Start location:           1 W Lena/Rapides/LA
Start Lat/Lon:            31.4595/-92.7846

End date:                 Apr 02 2017
End time:                 321 pm CDT
End location:             1 W Lena/Rapides/LA
End lat/lon:              31.4605/-92.7833

Survey Summary: Storm chasers filmed a weak tornado on I-49 near Lena. One of
the storm chase vehicles drove through the tornado. No significant damage was
found in the region. Video of this was seen on social media.


EF Scale:  The Enhanced Fujita Scale Classifies Tornadoes into
the following categories.

EF0...Weak......65 to 85 MPH
EF1...Weak......86 to 110 MPH
EF2...Strong....111 to 135 MPH
EF3...Strong....136 to 165 MPH
EF4...Violent...166 To 200 MPH
EF5...Violent...>200 MPH

Note:
The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the events and publication in NWS
Storm Data.

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Erickson/Tingler


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