NWS confirms more tornadoes in the ArkLaTex

NWS confirms more tornadoes in the ArkLaTex
A Louisiana state trooper took video May 8 of a tornado near Louisiana Highway 1 at Louisiana Highway 175.

(KSLA) - Survey teams with the National Weather Service has released additional information on Wednesday’s tornadoes that touched down across the ArkLaTex.

No one was injured or killed in the following tornadoes. All tornadoes were rated as an EF-1 (weak) on the Enhanced Fujita scale, which the NWS uses to classify tornadoes.

Near Readhimer

  • Estimated peak wind: 105 mph
  • Path length: 3.2 miles
  • Path width:250 yards
  • Started: 5:15 p.m. four miles south of Saline
  • Ended: 5:22 p.m. two miles south of Saline
  • Summary: The tornado touched down in the Kisatchie National Forest just before crossing Government Rd. There it snapped and uprooted several trees. The tornado continued on to damage Trees on Calvin Tyler Road and then crossed Briarwood-Preserve Road before lifting.

South and East of Jonesboro, Louisiana

  • Estimated peak wind: 110 mph
  • Path length: 7.48 miles
  • Path width: 100 yards
  • Start time: 5:35 p.m. one mile south of Jonesboro
  • End time: 5:41 p.m. seven miles east of Jonesboro
  • Summary: The tornado first touched down near the Charles H. Garrett Community Center where it damaged a small portion of the roof. It then crossed route 167 and it went on to damage a metal building where the column anchorage failed. Several more trees were snapped and uprooted along the path as it crossed Firetower Road, Route 147, Rome Road, and Holiday lane. The tornado then lifted after crossing Louisiana State Route 4.

South of Jonesboro, Louisiana

  • Path length: 0.45 miles
  • Path width: 70.0 yards
  • Start time: 05:35 p.m. two miles south of Jonesboro
  • End time: 05:36 p.m. two miles south of Jonesboro
  • Summary: A tornado briefly touched down just west of route 167. It downed and uprooted approximately 15 trees as it crossed route 167 and then quickly lifted.

Southwest of Chatham in Jimmie Davis State Park

  • Path length: 1.31 miles
  • Path width: 350.0 yards
  • Start time: 5:46 p.m. six miles southwest of Chatham
  • End time: 5:47 p.m. five miles southwest of Chatham
  • Summary: a tornado embedded within squall line damage crossed Caney Lake and crossed through Jimmie Davis State Park. It downed and uprooted approximately 150 hardwood and softwood trees. The trees fell into multiple campers and approximately three fourths of the cabins in the park.

Near Clay and south of Ruston

  • Path length: 5.65 miles
  • Path width: 80.0 yards
  • Start time: 5:47 p.m. 6 miles south-southeast of Grambling
  • End time: 5:55 p.m. 4 miles south-southeast of Ruston
  • Summary: the tornado first touched down in the community of Clay near Homer Sisemore Road. There, it ripped the roof off a small outbuilding, completely destroyed a shed, and ripped off shingles of the roof of a single family home. The storm continued on to uproot and snap hardwood and softwood trees as it continued to Bonnie Blue Lane. The tornado remained nearly parallel to route 167 before it crossed from Jackson Parish into Lincoln Parish and destroyed a single-wide mobile home at Winborn Farm Road. This is where high-end EF-1 tornado damage was observed when the Mobile home rolled off its foundation, briefly tossed up in the air, was thrown approximately 10 yards, and was destroyed as it landed. The anchoring into weakened saturated soil and lack of bending of the frame which was maintained despite the mobile home being destroyed contributed to this being adjusted to down to high-end EF-1 damage. The tornado went on to uproot and snap trees as it crossed riser road along the Lincoln-Jackson Parish line and then downed several more branches and snapped trees before it lifted. Near Edmiston Road.

Straight line wind damage in Gregg and Harrison Counties

  • Estimated peak wind: 90 mph
  • Path length: 16.91 miles
  • Path width: 2500 yards
  • Start time: 2 pm in Longview
  • End time: 2:23 p.m. one mile north of Marshall
  • Storm summary: A wide area of straight line wind damage occurred on the north side of Longview from West Loop 281 to East Loop 281 north of us Hwy 80. The most concentrated area of damage was from just west of the Texas 63 spur north of Fairmont Street to near Akin Park. Numerous very large softwood and hardwood trees were snapped and uprooted. Several of these fell on homes causing major structural damage. The steeple of Oakland Heights Baptist at Judson Road and Eden Drive collapsed. The amount of damage decreased significantly and became very sporadic on the northeast side of Longview. However, additional snapping of softwood trees was noted FM 2208, County road 3600, FM 450, and FM 449 west-southwest of Nesbitt. The widest point of the damage was observed in the city of Longview.

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