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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Shreveport LA
838 PM CST Sun Jan 9 2022

...NWS Damage Survey for 1/09/22 Tornado Event...

.Southeast Sabine Parish, LA Tornado...

Rating:                 EF2
Estimated Peak Wind:    125 mph
Path Length /statute/:  3.561 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   900.0 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               6

Start Date:             01/09/2022
Start Time:             04:53 AM CST
Start Location:         7 NE Hornbeck / Sabine Parish / LA
Start Lat/Lon:          31.4132 / -93.3238

End Date:               01/09/2022
End Time:               05:01 AM CST
End Location:           10 E Florien / Sabine Parish / LA
End Lat/Lon:            31.4535 / -93.2862

Survey Summary:

This strong EF2 tornado began near Peason Road in the Peason
community and traveled approximately 3.6 miles northeast before
lifting shortly after passing over Bridges Road. Radar data
suggests the starting point could have been slightly farther
southwest than what is indicated in the survey and the ending
point could have been slightly farther northeast than what is
indicated in the survey. In both cases the available public
road network limited access to achieve full precision.

Although this tornado was in a rural portion of Sabine
Parish, the impressive maximum width of approximately half a mile
allowed many residences and structures to be affected.
Approximately 30 homes were damaged and approximately 10 to 15
were heavily damaged, destroyed, or rendered unlivable. The
survey suggested the tornado was most intense in a narrower
corridor from Highway 118 to where it crossed McInnis Road. In
this corridor damage indicators on several structures were at
an EF2 level. The peak wind speed of 125 mph was associated
with a completely destroyed mobile home which had its remnants
blown approximately 60 feet and piled up against a tree line. All
of a family of 5 in the mobile home at the time of the tornado
were injured, with a few receiving critical injuries. Another
injury occurred farther downstream from this area, but this
injury was not critical. In addition to damage to residences,
there were scores of farm and outbuildings which were generally
destroyed and the survey team documented casualties of at least
two horses.

This tornado was quite anomalous for its above average width in
relation to its relatively short path length. There were a few
EF2 damage points associated with extreme swaths of tree damage,
although little debarking was seen. This survey team estimates
at least 1000 trees were either snapped or uprooted.


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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