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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Shreveport La
558 PM CDT Sun Apr 8 2018

...NWS Damage Survey For April 6, 2018, Tornado Event - Update 1...

.Update...Updated to Add Tornado #2 in Natchitoches Parish...

.Tornado in DeSoto and Red River Parishes...

Rating:                 EF-2
Estimated Peak Wind:    125 MPH
Path Length /Statute/:  10.26 Miles
Path Width /Maximum/:   1800 Yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             04/06/2018
Start Time:             07:31 PM CDT
Start Location:         8 miles W of Coushatta / DeSoto Parish, LA
Start Lat/Lon:          32.0137 / -93.4824

End Date:               04/06/2018
End Time:               08:02 PM CDT
End Location:           2 miles ESE of Coushatta / Red River Parish, LA
End_Lat/Lon:            32.0126 / -93.3101

Survey Summary: A tornado touched down along Highway 510 in eastern
DeSoto Parish near the Wemple community where it caused minor tree
damage. It then continued east across Bayou Pierre and produced
significant tree damage with numerous uprooted and snapped trees along
and near Highway 177. It also snapped a few utility poles and did
significant damage to a large metal structure where it buckled the
support beams as it crossed Highway 177. It continued east where it
paralleled Highway 371 and snapped numerous trees. The tornado was at
its strongest and widest as it crossed Highway 84 near the Armistead
community. It destroyed a metal building and a few smaller metal
structures along with snapping numerous utility poles. It continued to
parallel Highway 84 east where it destroyed several more metal
outbuildings, a farm irrigation system, and snapped more utility poles.
It caused more tree damage and snapped more utility poles along
Riverfront Road before it crossed the Red River. It moved more east
southeast where it crossed Clark Street causing more significant tree
damage and lifting a large metal framed carport and barn at a home here.
The tornado continued moving east where it crossed Highway 480 before
causing more widespread tree damage along Postell, Springville, and
Newton Roads. The tornado then turned slightly northeast before lifting
near the intersection of Bruce Street and Highway 71 where it snapped
and uprooted several more trees.

.Tornado #2 in Southern Natchitoches Parish near Melrose...

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    90-100 MPH
Path Length /Statute/:  0.74 Miles
Path Width /Maximum/:   50 Yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             04/06/2018
Start Time:             09:14 PM CDT
Start Location:         6 miles SE of Natchez / Natchitoches Parish, LA
Start Lat/Lon:          32.6073 /-92.9872

End Date:               04/06/2018
End Time:               09:18 PM CDT
End Location:           6 miles SE of Natchez / Natchitoches Parish, LA
End_Lat/Lon:            32.6100 / -92.9753

Survey_Summary: This tornado began along Louisiana Highway 484 very
close to the Jerry Jones House, also called the Jones-Roque House in
the Isle Brevelle community of Melrose. Some minor roof damage with
loss of shingles occurred to a home and some of the metal roof of the
Jerry Jones House was uplifted and removed. At the first home, a pickup truck parked in wet grass was
pushed backwards 10 feet, and a SUV was flipped onto its roof. As this
tornado traveled east-northeast, most of the damage was to pecan trees
that were uprooted, snapped, and had large branches broken and twisted
out of the tops of the trees. The tornado crossed the Cane River
snapping and uprooting more trees. A wooden electrical pole was also
snapped about halfway up its length. The tornado crossed Louisiana
Highway 119 and moved into a pecan orchard breaking more large branches.
The tornado moved into an adjacent open field and lifted. Local
residents noted that a couple of the trees that sustained significant
damage along the Cane River were in excess of 200 years old.

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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