NWS: Three more EF-1 tornadoes touched down in Louisiana

NWS: Three more EF-1 tornadoes touched down in Louisiana
A Louisiana state trooper took video May 8 of a tornado near Louisiana Highway 1 at Louisiana Highway 175.

ARKLATEX (KSLA) - National Weather Service damage surveyors have found evidence that three more EF-1 tornadoes touched down the afternoon of Wednesday, May 8.

They all began in DeSoto Parish, with the most powerful traveling 14.1 miles on the ground in 18 minutes.

The three are in addition to the three previously reported north of Marshall, Texas; near Readhimer in Kisatchie National Forest in northern Natchitoches Parish and south of Jonesboro, in southwest Jackson Parish.

Wednesday's tornado count is up to 6! Chief Meteorologist Jeff Castle has the details.

Posted by KSLA First Alert Weather Team on Thursday, May 9, 2019

Here are storm surveyors’ findings about the 3 DeSoto tornadoes:

Near Keachi

  • Rating: EF-1
  • Estimated peak wind: 95 mph
  • Path length: 1.9 miles
  • Path width: maximum of 200 yards
  • Started: 3:33 p.m. a mile west-northwest of Keachi
  • Ended: 3:36 p.m. a mile northeast of Keachi
  • Summary: The tornado began along Louisiana Highway 172, snapping and uprooting several trees and destroying a large metal farm canopy. It continued eastward into Keachi, snapping and uprooting numerous trees along Louisiana Highway 789 before lifting.

Near Stonewall

  • Rating: EF-1
  • Estimated peak wind: 110 mph
  • Path length: 14.1 miles
  • Path width: maximum 500 yards
  • Started: 3:44 p.m. 3 miles south-southwest of Stonewall
  • Ended: 4:02 p.m. 11 miles east-northeast of Stonewall
  • Summary: The tornado began along U.S. Highway 171, where it snapped numerous large hardwood trees and some power poles. It continued in an east-northeasterly direction, snapping and uprooting numerous trees along Red Bluff, Bethel and White Springs roads. Several large trees fell on one home, causing heavy damage. The tornado crossed Ellerbe Road, snapping a few trees, then lifted near Ellerbe Road at Louisiana Highway 175.

East of Stonewall

  • Rating: EF-1
  • Estimated peak wind: 90 mph
  • Path length: 3.9 miles
  • Path width: maximum of 80 yards
  • Started: 3:53 p.m. 6 miles east of Stonewall
  • Ended: 4 p.m. 9 miles east-northeast of Stonewall
  • Summary: The parent mesocyclone associated with the other Stonewall area tornado produced a secondary vortex that uprooted and snapped several trees on Bethel Road. The tornado moved northeast, snapping and uprooting several trees on Stonewall-Frierson Road and Old Church Road before lifting. A metal farm outbuilding also was lifted and destroyed.

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