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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service New Orleans LA
1024 AM CDT Mon May 20 2019

...NWS Damage Survey For 05/19/2019 Tornado Damage...

The following is the finding from Sunday`s NWS survey from the storm
on May 19th.

.Montpelier Tornado...

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:    80 mph
Path Length /statute/:  0.2 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   30 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             May 19, 2019
Start Time:             08:30 am CDT
Start Location:         Montpelier / St. Helena Parish / Louisiana
Start Lat/Lon:          30.6796 / -90.6528

End Date:               May 19, 2019
End Time:               08:31 am CDT
End Location:           Montpelier / St. Helena Parish / Louisiana
End Lat/Lon:            30.6794 / -90.6497

NWS storm survey found damage consistent with an EF-0 tornado in
Montpelier, Louisiana. The tornado touched down just south of
LA-16. It ripped off the majority of the south side roof on Bear
Creek Western Store. Most of the roof was throw in a field southeast
of the building. It should be noted that this was a secondary roof
on top of the building`s original. There was a roughly 2 foot space
between the most recent and original roofs. It is thought that winds
from the tornado got between the two, allowing it to more easily lift
the most recent roof off. This is the reason for a rating on the lower
end of the spectrum for that type of damage indicator. Some of the
roofing metal pieces were lofted over a section of dense and large
trees, and 200 to 300 yards downstream. A power pole behind the store
was snapped. Further investigation found that this pole was connected
by a power line to another pole to the east. The store`s roof most
likely caught the line between those 2 poles, thus bringing the pole
down. The tornado continued east-southeast snapping and uprooting
multiple trees. One large oak tree fell across the middle of a mobile
home on 3rd street, crushing it. The tornado quickly lifted thereafter.

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

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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