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Issued by NWS Shreveport, LA

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...CORRECTED TIME OF INITIAL TOUCHDOWN
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SHREVEPORT LA
439 PM CDT SAT OCT 18 2014

...PRELIMINARY NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR THE OCTOBER 13TH, 2014
TORNADO EVENT IN NORTHEAST LOUISIANA IN OUACHITA PARISH...

.TORNADO #4...

RATING:                 EF-2
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    125 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  9 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   300 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             OCT 13 2014
START TIME:             1116 AM CDT
START LOCATION:         3.5 MILES WEST OF CITY LIMITS OF WEST MONROE
                        NEAR THE 4000 BLOCK OF NEW NATCHITOCHES ROAD
START LAT/LON:          32.4921 / -92.2421

END DATE:               OCT 13 2014
END TIME:               1127 AM CDT
END LOCATION:           0.5 MILE WEST OF HIGHWAY 165 IN MONROE NEAR THE
                        INTERSECTION OF LAMY LANE AND ARMAND STREET
END_LAT/LON:            32.5295 / -92.0932

SURVEY SUMMARY:
A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN NORTH CENTRAL OUACHITA PARISH AS AN
EMBEDDED SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORM WITHIN THE SQUALL LINE...MOVED
ACROSS THE PARISH SHORTLY AFTER 1100 AM. THE TORNADO INITIALLY
UPROOTED AND SNAPPED LARGE TREES AS IT MOVED ALONG A PATH EAST
NORTHEAST TOWARD THE CITY OF WEST MONROE. IN THE CITY OF WEST
MONROE...ROOF DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED TO MANY HOMES AND BUSINESSES. IT
CROSSED INTERSTATE 20 NEAR THOMAS ROAD WHERE MANY BUSINESS SIGNS
AND ELECTRICITY POLES WERE DAMAGED OR BLOWN DOWN. THE TORNADO
CONTINUED EAST TOWARD PARKWOOD DRIVE WHERE CONSIDERABLE EF2 DAMAGE
WAS OBSERVED TO A 100-FOOT TELEVISION TRANSMISSION TOWER. THE
TORNADO CONTINUED EAST NORTHEAST INTO THE HEART OF WEST MONROE
WHERE NUMEROUS HOMES AND VEHICLES WERE DAMAGED DUE TO UPROOTED AND
SNAPPED TREES. WEST MONROE HIGH SCHOOL WAS IN THE DIRECT PATH OF
THE TORNADO AND RECEIVED SIGNIFICANT ROOF DAMAGE TO A NUMBER OF
ITS BUILDINGS. THE TORNADO CONTINUED EAST NORTHEAST CROSSING THE
OUACHITA RIVER JUST NORTH OF THE LOUISVILLE AVENUE BRIDGE AND
MOVING INTO THE GARDEN DISTRICT IN THE CITY OF MONROE. IN THIS
AREA...THE TORNADO WAS DETERMINED TO BE AT ITS WIDEST AT ROUGHLY
300 YARDS. THE TORNADO SNAPPED 15 POWER POLES NEAR THE RIVER AND
DID HEAVY DAMAGE TO THE SECOND FLOOR OF AN APARTMENT COMPLEX ALONG
RIVERSIDE DRIVE. NUMEROUS TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED IN THE
CITY OF MONROE WITHIN A BOUND FROM LOUISVILLE AVENUE TO THE SOUTH
AND FORSYTHE AVENUE TO THE NORTH. THIS AREA RECEIVED SOME OF THE
STRONGEST WINDS AS WITNESSED BY THE DENSITY OF SEVERE DAMAGE TO
HOMES. THE TORNADO CONTINUED EAST...CAUSING DAMAGE TO BUSINESSES
AND HOMES NEAR OLIVER ROAD...THEN LIFTING AS IT MOVED NEAR THE
INTERSECTION OF LAMY LANE AND ARMAND STREET. SIGNIFICANT TO
SPORADIC WIND DAMAGE WAS NOTED ALONG A WIDE SWATH ALONG THE EAST
SIDE OF THE PATH WHERE THE REAR FLANK DOWNDRAFT OF THE
THUNDERSTORM EMANATED AND ULTIMATELY CULMINATED IN STRAIGHT-LINE
WINDS.

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 EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN NWS
STORM DATA.

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