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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSON MS
433 PM CDT Tue Apr 17 2018

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR APRIL 13-14, 2018 TORNADO EVENT - UPDATE
#7...

.UPDATE...
Adjusted Lamar County tornado begin time.

.RICHLAND PARISH / RAYVILLE TORNADO...

Rating:                 EF0
Estimated Peak Wind:    75 mph
Path Length /statute/:  3.28 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   400 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             4/13/2018
Start Time:             9:00 PM CDT
Start Location:         4 WSW Rayville / Richland Parish / LA
Start Lat/Lon:          32.4512 / -91.8276

End Date:               4/13/2018
End Time:               9:06 PM CDT
End Location:           2 WNW Rayville / Richland Parish / LA
End Lat/Lon:            32.4822 / -91.787

Summary:
This weak tornado began along Venable Road near Old River
Road causing mostly minor tree damage. It continued northeast
crossing I-20 at the Bouef River, snapping several large tree
branches at the Bouef River Country Club. The tornado lifted as it
crossed US 80 just west of Rayville, again snapping several large
tree branches along Lewis Road and Insurance Road.

.MOREHOUSE / WEST CARROL PARISH TORNADO...

Rating:                 EF1
Estimated Peak Wind:    95 mph
Path Length /statute/:  1.9 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   200 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             4/13/2018
Start Time:             9:46 PM CDT
CDT Start Location:     10 W Pioneer / Morehouse Parish / LA
Start Lat/Lon:          32.7593 / -91.607

End Date:               4/13/2018
End Time:               9:50 PM CDT
CDT End Location:       10 WNW Pioneer / West Carrol Parish / LA
End Lat/Lon:            32.786 / -91.5993

Summary: This tornado began in open fields just west of the Bouef
River and tracked northward across LA Highway 2, where it removed
portions of the metal roof of an unoccupied building. The tornado
continued northward along the Beouf River on the Morehouse and West
Carrol Parish line just west of Benton Rd before ending shortly
thereafter. Multiple trees were uprooted and trees and large tree
branches were snapped along the path.

.SOUTHWEST ASHLEY COUNTY TORNADO...

Rating:                 EF1
Estimated Peak Wind:    100 mph
Path Length /statute/:  2.73 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   600 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             4/14/2018
Start Time:             2:42 AM CDT
Start Location:         8 SSW Crossett / Ashley County / AR
Start Lat/Lon:          33.017 / -92.0066

End Date:               4/14/2018
End Time:               2:47 AM CDT
End Location:           7 S Crossett / Ashley County / AR
End Lat/Lon:            33.0325 / -91.9634

Summary: This tornado originated in a flooded lowland over the Casey
Jones Wildlife Management Area. The beginning point is estimated due
to a lack of road access. The tornado tracked eastward across Ashley
County roads 211, 703, 205, 3, 201, 202, and 2. Along its path, the
tornado produced prolific tree damage, with many large uprooted and
some snapped trees. A few homes were damaged by falling trees, some
significantly, and a few also sustained shingle damage. The tornado
ended in a wooded area north of Ashley Co Rd 2 and south of Ashley
Co Rd 229.

.WEST CENTRAL ASHLEY COUNTY TORNADO...

Rating:                 EF1
Estimated Peak Wind:    100 mph
Path Length /statute/:  4.16 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   300 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             4/14/2018
Start Time:             2:53 AM CDT
Start Location:         4 E Crossett / Ashley County / AR
Start Lat/Lon:          33.1205 / -91.8961

End Date:               4/14/2018
End Time:               2:58 AM CDT
End Location:           6 SSW Hamburg / Ashley County / AR
End Lat/Lon:            33.1358 / -91.8286

Summary: The tornado began near the intersection of Ashley Co Rd 7 E
and Ashley Co Rd 7 S and tracked east northeastward. It reached peak
intensity as it moved across Ashley Co Rd 23, where a significant
number of trees were uprooted and a few were snapped. The tornado
then began to roughly parallel US 82 from Ashley Co Rd 149 eastward
to Ashley Co Rd 24. It lifted near Hanks Creek just north of US 82
before reaching US 425. There was also some structural damage to
small sheds along the path.

.MOREHOUSE PARISH TORNADO...

Rating:                 EF1
Estimated Peak Wind:    95 mph
Path Length /statute/:  3.19 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   200 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             4/14/2018
Start Time:             3:21 AM CDT
CDT Start Location:     4 E Mer Rouge / Morehouse Parish / LA
Start Lat/Lon:          32.7693 / -91.7307

End Date:               4/14/2018
End Time:               3:25 AM CDT
CDT End Location:       7 E Mer Rouge / Morehouse Parish / LA
End Lat/Lon:            32.7765 / -91.6766

Summary: This tornado began along Atwell Ln just north of LA Highway
2, blowing down a fence and blowing a small shed across the road.
Large tree branches were also downed in this area. The tornado
continued eastward parallel and just north of Highway 2, crossing
Johnson School Rd and Rush Harrison Rd at Bayou Bonne Idee. On
Johnson School Rd, a mobile home sustained roof and skirting damage
and a small shed was destroyed. On Rush Harrison Rd, the front of a
farm outbuilding was pushed in and there was substantial loss of
roof panels. Larger trees were snapped and uprooted in this area as
well. Additional trees were snapped or uprooted between Rush
Harrison Rd and Highway 2, then the tornado crossed Merton Bowe Rd.
Here, a couple of homes sustained roof damage and a shed was
damaged. The tornado lifted over open fields north of Highway 2.

.MONTROSE / NORTHEAST ASHLEY AND WESTERN CHICOT COUNTY TORNADO...

Rating:                 EF2
Estimated Peak Wind:    115 mph
Path Length /statute/:  8.93 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   700 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             4/14/2018
Start Time:             3:22 AM CDT
Start Location:         2 NNE Portland / Ashley County / AR
Start Lat/Lon:          33.267 / -91.5019

End Date:               4/14/2018
End Time:               3:34 AM CDT
End Location:           5 W Lake Village / Chicot County / AR
End Lat/Lon:            33.3225 / -91.3681

Summary: The tornado began along US 165 between Portland and
Montrose, where a few older utility poles were damaged and moved
northwest across open fields, damaging additional utility poles
along Ashley Co Rd 54. The tornado crossed US 82 near the
Ashley/Chicot Co line. At this location, the top of a silo was
removed and the structure was bent, two homes sustained exterior
damage with one losing a large amount of roofing material, a travel
trailer was destroyed, and a couple business sustained relatively
minor structural damage. The tornado reached its peak intensity near
this location, where two sets of wooden transmission poles were
snapped. There was also considerable tree damage in the area. The
tornado continued across Shelton Turner Rd, where a home and mobile
home sustained damage. The tornado crossed AR Highway 293, Slaughter
Rd, Beavers Rd, and Lingo Rd before lifting in west central Chicot
County.

.WEST CARROLL PARISH TORNADO #2...

Rating:                 EF0
Estimated Peak Wind:    85 mph
Path Length /statute/:  2.39 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   200 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             4/14/2018
Start Time:             3:33 AM CDT
CDT Start Location:     9 WNW Pioneer / West Carroll Parish / LA
Start Lat/Lon:          32.8095 / -91.5677

End Date:               4/14/2018
End Time:               3:36 AM CDT
CDT End Location:       7 WNW Forest / West Carroll Parish / LA
End Lat/Lon:            32.8155 / -91.5274

Summary: The tornado began west of LA Highway 585 south of Bonner
Rd, where the roof of a barn was damaged and multiple trees were
damaged. It continued eastward, roughly paralleling Bonner Rd and
reached its peak intensity near the Bonner Rd and Peterson Rd
intersection, where it destroyed a storage shed and scattered pieces
of it over 1/3 mile downwind to Warren Rd. Another small storage
shed was turned on its side and leaned against a mobile home at this
location. The tornado then lifted along Mt Zion Rd just north of
Bonner Rd.

.WEST CARROLL PARISH TORNADO #3...

Rating:                 EF0
Estimated Peak Wind:    85 mph
Path Length /statute/:  4.38 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   200 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             4/14/2018
Start Time:             3:36 AM CDT
CDT Start Location:     7 WNW Pioneer / West Carroll Parish / LA
Start Lat/Lon:          32.8616 / -91.5219

End Date:               4/14/2018
End Time:               3:42 AM CDT
CDT End Location:       4 WSW Oak Grove / West Carroll Parish / LA
End Lat/Lon:            32.8443 / -91.4485

Summary: The tornado began north of Roundhill Rd, snapping and
uprooting multiple trees. It continued eastward across Morgan Rd and
Tackett Rd, damaging additional trees. It then crossed LA Highway
878 at the intersection with Grubbs Rd and Walters Rd, where a
mobile home sustained roof damage. It then crossed Bienz Rd twice,
lifting in a wooded area just north of the road.

.RANKIN COUNTY / FLOWOOD TORNADO...

Rating:                 EF1
Estimated Peak Wind:    90 mph
Path Length /statute/:  6.15 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   50 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             4/14/2018
Start Time:             7:44 AM CDT
Start Location:         1 N Flowood / Rankin County / MS
Start Lat/Lon:          32.3341 / -90.1065

End Date:               4/14/2018
End Time:               7:55 AM CDT
End Location:           5 N Brandon / Rankin County / MS
End Lat/Lon:            32.3587 / -90.0041

Summary:
This tornado began near Jackson Preparatory School along Lakeland
Drive and subsequently tracked east-northeast just north of the
Lakeland Drive on its roughly 6 mile path length through west-
central and into central Rankin County. Most of the damage was
limited to trees with the most significant tree damage involving
snapped and uprooted hardwood trees, yielding a low end EF-1
designation. There was scattered minor structural damage, mainly
to roofs, as large limbs and trees fell upon residences. A few
businesses also sustained minor structural damage due directly to
winds near the intersection of Grants Ferry Road and Lakeland
Drive. Along a portion of the tornado`s path through Flowood and
Millcreek communities the track showed evidence of skipping and
producing very limited damage. A driver on Lakeland Drive captured
video of the tornado at the intersection with Vine Drive shortly
before it lifted.

.WINSTON COUNTY TORNADO...

Rating:                 EF1
Estimated Peak Wind:    105 mph
Path Length /statute/:  0.8 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   150 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             4/14/2018
Start Time:             9:23 AM CDT
Start Location:         3 SW Noxapater / Winston County / MS
Start Lat/Lon:          32.9569 / -89.1021

End Date:               4/14/2018
End Time:               9:25 AM CDT
End Location:           3 SW Noxapater / Winston County / MS
End Lat/Lon:            32.9631 / -89.0902

Summary: The tornado began southwest of Roberts Rd and traveled
northeast. Along its path, some tin was ripped off of a large shed
and several trees were snapped or uprooted. As the tornado crossed
Roberts Rd, it ripped off part of the roof of a home. Several more
large trees were uprooted or snapped in this area. The tornado
continued northeast into a wooded area where the end point had to be
estimated.

.LAMAR COUNTY TORNADO...

Rating:                 EF1
Estimated Peak Wind:    95 mph
Path Length /statute/:  6.19 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   200 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             4/14/2018
Start Time:             10:07 AM CDT
Start Location:         13 ESE Columbia / Lamar County / MS
Start Lat/Lon:          31.1644 / -89.6325

End Date:               4/14/2018
End Time:               10:15 AM CDT
End Location:           9 WNW Purvis / Lamar County / MS
End Lat/Lon:            31.2116 / -89.5457

Summary: The tornado began near Johnson Road and Luther Saucier
Road, snapping a few softwood trees and uprooting some hardwood
trees. It then continued northeast, causing tree damage across Caney
Church Road and Purvis to Columbia Road. It then crossed near the
south and east side of Big Bay Lake, once again causing sporadic
tree damage. The tornado lifted near Purvis Oloh Road.

.LAUDERDALE COUNTY / MERIDIAN TORNADO...

Rating:                 EF2
Estimated Peak Wind:    115 mph
Path Length /statute/:  8.55 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   780 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               2

Start Date:             4/14/2018
Start Time:             10:43 AM CDT
Start Location:         2 SSW Meridian / Lauderdale County / MS
Start Lat/Lon:          32.3558 / -88.7321

End Date:               4/14/2018
End Time:               10:53 AM CDT
End Location:           2 ENE Marion / Lauderdale County / MS
End Lat/Lon:            32.435 / -88.6209

Summary: This tornado developed just to the north of I-20 along
Highway 19 N. It crossed through downtown Meridian, causing tree
damage to much of the area. It caused structural damage to a few
buildings along 14th Street, including roof and facade damage. The
tornado reached its strongest intensity of EF2 strength as it neared
23rd Street. Here it snapped a couple of power poles, along with
multiple hardwood and softwood trees. In addition, it tore the roof
off of an apartment building and a portion of a building at Magnolia
Middle School. Video evidence also indicated the tornado tore the
roof off of a home near Grandview Avenue along with the loss of some
exterior walls. The tornado continued to track northeast and
generally followed Highway 45. Damage mainly consisted of trees
being snapped or uprooted. Some of these trees fell onto homes. The
tornado lifted near Willowlake Road.

.COLUMBUS THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE...

Peak Wind /E/:          65 mph
Path Length /statute/:  1.3 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   600 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             4/14/2018
Start Time:             10:44 AM CDT
Start Location:         2 WNW Columbus / Lowndes County / MS
Start Lat/Lon:          33.5169 / -88.4446

End Date:               4/14/2018
End Time:               10:45 AM CDT
End Location:           2 NW Columbus / Lowndes County / MS
End_Lat/Lon:            33.5221 / -88.4239

Summary: Several trees were snapped or uprooted across northern
portions of the city of Columbus in a corridor extending from along
Lincoln Road, across US Highway 82 to along Willowbrook Road just
north of US Highway 82. Some homes and other buildings were damaged
by fallen trees, and some businesses sustained minor damage,
particularly to signs. The NWS survey team was unable to find
sufficient conclusive evidence that this damage was the result of a
tornado.


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 200mph
EF5...Violent...>200mph

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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