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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Shreveport LA
615 PM CST Tue Nov 21 2023

...NWS Damage Survey for the November 20th, 2023 Tornado Event...

.Gorum Tornado...

Rating:                 EF1
Estimated Peak Wind:    105 mph
Path Length /statute/:  8.82 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   150 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             11/20/2023
Start Time:             02:32 PM CST
Start Location:         9 W Flatwoods / Natchitoches Parish / LA
Start Lat/Lon:          31.4099 / -93.0282

End Date:               11/20/2023
End Time:               02:46 PM CST
End Location:           3 NNW Flatwoods / Natchitoches Parish / LA
End Lat/Lon:            31.4526 / -92.8881

Survey Summary:

An EF-1 tornado with estimated maximum winds near 105 mph
initially touched down along Forest Road 306 in extreme Southern
Natchitoches Parish, and continued northeast across the Kisatchie
National Forest to near the Gorum community. Many of the roads in
this area were inaccessible by vehicle, but a tornadic debris
signature from the Fort Johnson radar (KPOE) indicated that the
tornado had touched down, where additional damage (downed trees)
were observed just to the northeast along Ezzie Bascoe Road. The
tornado continued northeast across Highway 119 in the Gorum community,
where numerous trees were snapped. The peak tornado width and intensity
were evident here, before the tornado crossed Andy Cedars Road,
snapping and uprooting additional trees, and ripping a portion of
a tin roof off of a single family home. The tornado then crossed
Janie-Gorum Road, were numerous trees were snapped and uprooted,
one of which fell on a single family home. A nearby camper was
also blown over on to its side, but fortunately, no injuries occurred
here. Additional trees were snapped and uprooted farther
northeast along Janie-Gorum Road, with the roof off of a
doublewide mobile home ripped off. The tornado finally lifted
just to the east near Sunk Hill Road.


EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the
following categories:

EF0.....65 to 85 mph
EF1.....86 to 110 mph
EF2.....111 to 135 mph
EF3.....136 to 165 mph
EF4.....166 to 200 mph
EF5.....>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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