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16 Jul, 2024
5 Tornadoes Confirmed by National Weather Service in Shreveport
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5 Tornadoes Confirmed by National Weather Service in Shreveport

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) – Multiple tornadoes were spawned in the ArkLaTex following Tropical Storm Beryl.

On July 9 at 10:37 p.m., the National Weather Service (NWS) in Shreveport reported that five tornadoes had been confirmed during Tropical Storm Bery during the afternoon and evening of July 8.

The NWS says the surveys are not yet complete. Updates will be made as new information becomes available.

Tornado #1

Hit Converse, La. east of Stanley, La. at 1:15pm – 1:38pm

Rated: EF2

Estimated peak wind: 125 mph

Course length: 17.03 miles

Trail width: 1,530 meters.

No deaths or injuries were recorded.

NWS Investigation Summary:

A supercell within Tropical Storm Beryl spawned this tornado, which originated along Highway 174 west of Converse. The tornado moved generally northwestward and snapped numerous hardwood and softwood trees along Old Camp Road in northern Sabine Parish. The tornado intensified as it crossed into southern De Soto Parish and continued to snap large trees as it crossed Barnes Road. The tornado intensified as it caused significant tree damage that was observed between and along Barnes Road, Nubin Ridge Road, and Lulu Lane. Snapped wooden power poles were also observed along Lula Lane.

A church at the intersection of Highway 539 and Highway 481 sustained significant damage. The main church building was a metal building system and some metal wall panels were blown off and portions of the metal roof were removed. The original church structure, which dates to the 1900s, was severely damaged. The roof and exterior walls of the south half of the building collapsed. The bell tower of this building was found in a field about 0.3 miles to the north-northwest. Another metal building system housing a gymnasium and basketball court was severely damaged. The structure’s steel I-beams were torn from their anchors and thrown into the rear of the original church building. Most of the anchor bolts were still in the ground. Damage to the original church building and gymnasium was rated EF2 with wind speeds estimated at 125 mph. Significant tree damage was also noted in that vicinity. A single-wide manufactured home just northwest of the church sustained minor roof damage.

The tornado continued northwest, damaging more hardwood and softwood trees as it crossed Hamilton Road, Harris Bluff Road, and Jesse Wyatt Road. The tornado caused more damage along Roger Field Road and generally paralleled Hunter Road before crossing Highway 84. Additional broken tree limbs were observed as the tornado moved generally northward along Blunt Mill Road. It eventually lifted just north of the intersection of Cedar Hill Road and Blunt Mill Road.

Blanket:

  • https://www.ksla.com/2024/07/10/i-didn’t-expect-the-whole-church-to-disappear-ef-2-tornado-destroys-desoto-parish-church/

Tornado #2

Hit in Sabine Parish, Pleasant Hill area. 1:33 p.m. to 1:57 p.m.

Rated: EF2

Estimated peak wind: 127 mph

Course length: 12.63 miles

Trail width: 1730 meters.

No deaths or injuries were recorded.

NWS Investigation Summary:

A supercell produced by Tropical Storm Beryl spawned a tornado that originated along Highway 175, just north of the community of Belmont. The tornado caused sporadic tree damage as it moved north-northwest near Spring Ridge and crossed Moffett Lane. The tornado widened significantly as it passed directly through Pleasant Hill, where the vast majority of the damage consisted of broken hardwood and softwood trees. However, one structure suffered loss of metal roofing panels. The tornado continued north, causing more tree damage along Antioch Church Road and crossed Highway 175 in southern De Soto Parish, causing significant tree damage along Parish Road 419 and Cross Road. At a refinery on Cross Road, two single-width prefabricated homes used as offices were severely damaged. One was overturned on its side. The other was completely overturned, with the walls and floor separating from the frame. Most of the contents remained near the site. A wide strip of trees leaned north-northwest at this location.

At the intersection of Highway 346 and Cross Road, significant damage to structures and trees was observed. Numerous hardwood and softwood trees were snapped, with their trunks falling onto structures and vehicles. Two homes sustained significant roof loss. A single-wide manufactured home, set on cinder blocks, was completely destroyed. The structure was torn from its anchor cables, which could not be recovered. Almost all of the debris from the mobile home, including the steel frame, was carried approximately 45 metres above the road and wrapped around trees. This assessment is not yet complete. Additional damage is known to exist north of Highway 346, but could not be assessed in this initial assessment.

Tornado #3

Struck in Elm Grove, Louisiana/Haughton at Hall Summit in Bossier Parish. from 2:20 p.m. to 2:47 p.m.

Rated: EF1

Estimated peak wind: 100 mph

Course length: 16.67 miles

Path width: 1000 meters.

No deaths or injuries were recorded.

NWS Investigation Summary:

An EF1 tornado first touched down near the northern border of Red River Parish and Bossier Parish or southeast of Ninock, Louisiana, where damage consisted of several snapped and/or uprooted trees. Structural damage was minor to moderate and consisted primarily of fallen trees and/or limbs on structures. The storm track was persistent through the Loggy Bayou Wildlife Management Area and moved northwest where the storm eventually crossed Highway 154 east of Elm Grove, Louisiana. Tornado damage was sporadic further north and west of Highway 154, but an intense burst of tree damage was observed on Robinson Road. The storm continued north and west along Highway 157 until it crossed Highway 527. Significant damage was observed to some structures from fallen trees along Sligo Road before the storm entered the southeast corner of Barksdale Air Force Base. The track for this preliminary report will end just north of Sligo Road pending further study of the storm at Barksdale Air Force Base to determine if the storm remained tornadic on the base itself.

Tornado #4

Hit in Haughton, Benton, Bossier Parish. 2:20 p.m. to 2:47 p.m.

Rated: EF1

Estimated peak wind: 100 mph

Course length: 26.32 miles

Trail width: 1200 meters.

One death recorded, two injured.

NWS Investigation Summary:

This tornado may be a continuation of the tornado that touched down south of Barksdale Air Force Base, pending further investigation of the base itself. Alternatively, the tornado originated near Interstate 20 and Highway 79 west of Haughton, where several trees were snapped and/or uprooted, damaging some structures as well as snapped power poles and downed power lines. Damage was significant on Wafer Road and Cindy Lane. The storm continued on a northwest track with further significant damage to structures from downed trees on Bellevue Rd and surrounding roads. The tornado continued northwestward, causing further significant damage near East Linton Road, Crouch Road, and Linton Bellevue Roads, where several structures were damaged by the storm from downed trees. One death was reported on East Linton Road when a tree fell on a mobile home, killing a 30-year-old woman and injuring her two children. The tornado nearly skirted Crouch Road before crossing Highway 162 north and east of Cypress Bayou Reservoir. Additional tree and power line damage was observed on Old Plain Dealing Road before the tornado lifted just north of Highway 2 west of Plain Dealing.

Blanket:

In Benton, power lines were downed and trees were uprooted, forcing many residents to scramble to recover.
  • https://www.ksla.com/2024/07/09/benton-residents-recovering-after-beryl-damage/
  • https://www.ksla.com/2024/07/08/beryl-leaves-damage-on-arklatex/

Tornado #5

Struck in Plain Dealing, Louisiana, from 3:46 p.m. to 3:52 p.m.

Rated: EF1

Estimated peak wind: 95 mph

Trail length: 2.70 miles

Trail width: 600 meters.

No deaths or injuries were recorded.

NWS Investigation Summary:

As the long-tracked tornado dissipated just west of Plain Dealing, the parent storm spawned another tornado southeast of Highway 2 near Dutch John Road. The tornado then moved northwest, crossing Highways 2 and 537 where it snapped numerous trees before rising just north of Highway 537.