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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSON MS  
433 PM CDT TUE APR 17 2018  
 
...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR APRIL 13-14, 2018 TORNADO EVENT - UPDATE  
#7...  
   
UPDATE
 
 
ADJUSTED LAMAR COUNTY TORNADO BEGIN TIME.  
   
RICHLAND PARISH / RAYVILLE TORNADO
 
 
RATING: EF0  
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 75 MPH  
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 3.28 MILES  
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 400 YARDS  
FATALITIES: 0  
INJURIES: 0  
 
START DATE: 4/13/2018  
START TIME: 9:00 PM CDT  
START LOCATION: 4 WSW RAYVILLE / RICHLAND PARISH / LA  
START LAT/LON: 32.4512 / -91.8276  
 
END DATE: 4/13/2018  
END TIME: 9:06 PM CDT  
END LOCATION: 2 WNW RAYVILLE / RICHLAND PARISH / LA  
END LAT/LON: 32.4822 / -91.787  
 
SUMMARY:  
THIS WEAK TORNADO BEGAN ALONG VENABLE ROAD NEAR OLD RIVER  
ROAD CAUSING MOSTLY MINOR TREE DAMAGE. IT CONTINUED NORTHEAST  
CROSSING I-20 AT THE BOUEF RIVER, SNAPPING SEVERAL LARGE TREE  
BRANCHES AT THE BOUEF RIVER COUNTRY CLUB. THE TORNADO LIFTED AS IT  
CROSSED US 80 JUST WEST OF RAYVILLE, AGAIN SNAPPING SEVERAL LARGE  
TREE BRANCHES ALONG LEWIS ROAD AND INSURANCE ROAD.  
   
MOREHOUSE / WEST CARROL PARISH TORNADO
 
 
RATING: EF1  
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 95 MPH  
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 1.9 MILES  
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 200 YARDS  
FATALITIES: 0  
INJURIES: 0  
 
START DATE: 4/13/2018  
START TIME: 9:46 PM CDT  
CDT START LOCATION: 10 W PIONEER / MOREHOUSE PARISH / LA  
START LAT/LON: 32.7593 / -91.607  
 
END DATE: 4/13/2018  
END TIME: 9:50 PM CDT  
CDT END LOCATION: 10 WNW PIONEER / WEST CARROL PARISH / LA  
END LAT/LON: 32.786 / -91.5993  
 
SUMMARY: THIS TORNADO BEGAN IN OPEN FIELDS JUST WEST OF THE BOUEF  
RIVER AND TRACKED NORTHWARD ACROSS LA HIGHWAY 2, WHERE IT REMOVED  
PORTIONS OF THE METAL ROOF OF AN UNOCCUPIED BUILDING. THE TORNADO  
CONTINUED NORTHWARD ALONG THE BEOUF RIVER ON THE MOREHOUSE AND WEST  
CARROL PARISH LINE JUST WEST OF BENTON RD BEFORE ENDING SHORTLY  
THEREAFTER. MULTIPLE TREES WERE UPROOTED AND TREES AND LARGE TREE  
BRANCHES WERE SNAPPED ALONG THE PATH.  
   
SOUTHWEST ASHLEY COUNTY TORNADO
 
 
RATING: EF1  
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 100 MPH  
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 2.73 MILES  
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 600 YARDS  
FATALITIES: 0  
INJURIES: 0  
 
START DATE: 4/14/2018  
START TIME: 2:42 AM CDT  
START LOCATION: 8 SSW CROSSETT / ASHLEY COUNTY / AR  
START LAT/LON: 33.017 / -92.0066  
 
END DATE: 4/14/2018  
END TIME: 2:47 AM CDT  
END LOCATION: 7 S CROSSETT / ASHLEY COUNTY / AR  
END LAT/LON: 33.0325 / -91.9634  
 
SUMMARY: THIS TORNADO ORIGINATED IN A FLOODED LOWLAND OVER THE CASEY  
JONES WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA. THE BEGINNING POINT IS ESTIMATED DUE  
TO A LACK OF ROAD ACCESS. THE TORNADO TRACKED EASTWARD ACROSS ASHLEY  
COUNTY ROADS 211, 703, 205, 3, 201, 202, AND 2. ALONG ITS PATH, THE  
TORNADO PRODUCED PROLIFIC TREE DAMAGE, WITH MANY LARGE UPROOTED AND  
SOME SNAPPED TREES. A FEW HOMES WERE DAMAGED BY FALLING TREES, SOME  
SIGNIFICANTLY, AND A FEW ALSO SUSTAINED SHINGLE DAMAGE. THE TORNADO  
ENDED IN A WOODED AREA NORTH OF ASHLEY CO RD 2 AND SOUTH OF ASHLEY  
CO RD 229.  
   
WEST CENTRAL ASHLEY COUNTY TORNADO
 
 
RATING: EF1  
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 100 MPH  
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 4.16 MILES  
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 300 YARDS  
FATALITIES: 0  
INJURIES: 0  
 
START DATE: 4/14/2018  
START TIME: 2:53 AM CDT  
START LOCATION: 4 E CROSSETT / ASHLEY COUNTY / AR  
START LAT/LON: 33.1205 / -91.8961  
 
END DATE: 4/14/2018  
END TIME: 2:58 AM CDT  
END LOCATION: 6 SSW HAMBURG / ASHLEY COUNTY / AR  
END LAT/LON: 33.1358 / -91.8286  
 
SUMMARY: THE TORNADO BEGAN NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF ASHLEY CO RD 7 E  
AND ASHLEY CO RD 7 S AND TRACKED EAST NORTHEASTWARD. IT REACHED PEAK  
INTENSITY AS IT MOVED ACROSS ASHLEY CO RD 23, WHERE A SIGNIFICANT  
NUMBER OF TREES WERE UPROOTED AND A FEW WERE SNAPPED. THE TORNADO  
THEN BEGAN TO ROUGHLY PARALLEL US 82 FROM ASHLEY CO RD 149 EASTWARD  
TO ASHLEY CO RD 24. IT LIFTED NEAR HANKS CREEK JUST NORTH OF US 82  
BEFORE REACHING US 425. THERE WAS ALSO SOME STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO  
SMALL SHEDS ALONG THE PATH.  
   
MOREHOUSE PARISH TORNADO
 
 
RATING: EF1  
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 95 MPH  
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 3.19 MILES  
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 200 YARDS  
FATALITIES: 0  
INJURIES: 0  
 
START DATE: 4/14/2018  
START TIME: 3:21 AM CDT  
CDT START LOCATION: 4 E MER ROUGE / MOREHOUSE PARISH / LA  
START LAT/LON: 32.7693 / -91.7307  
 
END DATE: 4/14/2018  
END TIME: 3:25 AM CDT  
CDT END LOCATION: 7 E MER ROUGE / MOREHOUSE PARISH / LA  
END LAT/LON: 32.7765 / -91.6766  
 
SUMMARY: THIS TORNADO BEGAN ALONG ATWELL LN JUST NORTH OF LA HIGHWAY  
2, BLOWING DOWN A FENCE AND BLOWING A SMALL SHED ACROSS THE ROAD.  
LARGE TREE BRANCHES WERE ALSO DOWNED IN THIS AREA. THE TORNADO  
CONTINUED EASTWARD PARALLEL AND JUST NORTH OF HIGHWAY 2, CROSSING  
JOHNSON SCHOOL RD AND RUSH HARRISON RD AT BAYOU BONNE IDEE. ON  
JOHNSON SCHOOL RD, A MOBILE HOME SUSTAINED ROOF AND SKIRTING DAMAGE  
AND A SMALL SHED WAS DESTROYED. ON RUSH HARRISON RD, THE FRONT OF A  
FARM OUTBUILDING WAS PUSHED IN AND THERE WAS SUBSTANTIAL LOSS OF  
ROOF PANELS. LARGER TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED IN THIS AREA AS  
WELL. ADDITIONAL TREES WERE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED BETWEEN RUSH  
HARRISON RD AND HIGHWAY 2, THEN THE TORNADO CROSSED MERTON BOWE RD.  
HERE, A COUPLE OF HOMES SUSTAINED ROOF DAMAGE AND A SHED WAS  
DAMAGED. THE TORNADO LIFTED OVER OPEN FIELDS NORTH OF HIGHWAY 2.  
   
MONTROSE / NORTHEAST ASHLEY AND WESTERN CHICOT COUNTY TORNADO
 
 
RATING: EF2  
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 115 MPH  
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 8.93 MILES  
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 700 YARDS  
FATALITIES: 0  
INJURIES: 0  
 
START DATE: 4/14/2018  
START TIME: 3:22 AM CDT  
START LOCATION: 2 NNE PORTLAND / ASHLEY COUNTY / AR  
START LAT/LON: 33.267 / -91.5019  
 
END DATE: 4/14/2018  
END TIME: 3:34 AM CDT  
END LOCATION: 5 W LAKE VILLAGE / CHICOT COUNTY / AR  
END LAT/LON: 33.3225 / -91.3681  
 
SUMMARY: THE TORNADO BEGAN ALONG US 165 BETWEEN PORTLAND AND  
MONTROSE, WHERE A FEW OLDER UTILITY POLES WERE DAMAGED AND MOVED  
NORTHWEST ACROSS OPEN FIELDS, DAMAGING ADDITIONAL UTILITY POLES  
ALONG ASHLEY CO RD 54. THE TORNADO CROSSED US 82 NEAR THE  
ASHLEY/CHICOT CO LINE. AT THIS LOCATION, THE TOP OF A SILO WAS  
REMOVED AND THE STRUCTURE WAS BENT, TWO HOMES SUSTAINED EXTERIOR  
DAMAGE WITH ONE LOSING A LARGE AMOUNT OF ROOFING MATERIAL, A TRAVEL  
TRAILER WAS DESTROYED, AND A COUPLE BUSINESS SUSTAINED RELATIVELY  
MINOR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE. THE TORNADO REACHED ITS PEAK INTENSITY NEAR  
THIS LOCATION, WHERE TWO SETS OF WOODEN TRANSMISSION POLES WERE  
SNAPPED. THERE WAS ALSO CONSIDERABLE TREE DAMAGE IN THE AREA. THE  
TORNADO CONTINUED ACROSS SHELTON TURNER RD, WHERE A HOME AND MOBILE  
HOME SUSTAINED DAMAGE. THE TORNADO CROSSED AR HIGHWAY 293, SLAUGHTER  
RD, BEAVERS RD, AND LINGO RD BEFORE LIFTING IN WEST CENTRAL CHICOT  
COUNTY.  
   
WEST CARROLL PARISH TORNADO #2
 
 
RATING: EF0  
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 85 MPH  
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 2.39 MILES  
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 200 YARDS  
FATALITIES: 0  
INJURIES: 0  
 
START DATE: 4/14/2018  
START TIME: 3:33 AM CDT  
CDT START LOCATION: 9 WNW PIONEER / WEST CARROLL PARISH / LA  
START LAT/LON: 32.8095 / -91.5677  
 
END DATE: 4/14/2018  
END TIME: 3:36 AM CDT  
CDT END LOCATION: 7 WNW FOREST / WEST CARROLL PARISH / LA  
END LAT/LON: 32.8155 / -91.5274  
 
SUMMARY: THE TORNADO BEGAN WEST OF LA HIGHWAY 585 SOUTH OF BONNER  
RD, WHERE THE ROOF OF A BARN WAS DAMAGED AND MULTIPLE TREES WERE  
DAMAGED. IT CONTINUED EASTWARD, ROUGHLY PARALLELING BONNER RD AND  
REACHED ITS PEAK INTENSITY NEAR THE BONNER RD AND PETERSON RD  
INTERSECTION, WHERE IT DESTROYED A STORAGE SHED AND SCATTERED PIECES  
OF IT OVER 1/3 MILE DOWNWIND TO WARREN RD. ANOTHER SMALL STORAGE  
SHED WAS TURNED ON ITS SIDE AND LEANED AGAINST A MOBILE HOME AT THIS  
LOCATION. THE TORNADO THEN LIFTED ALONG MT ZION RD JUST NORTH OF  
BONNER RD.  
   
WEST CARROLL PARISH TORNADO #3
 
 
RATING: EF0  
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 85 MPH  
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 4.38 MILES  
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 200 YARDS  
FATALITIES: 0  
INJURIES: 0  
 
START DATE: 4/14/2018  
START TIME: 3:36 AM CDT  
CDT START LOCATION: 7 WNW PIONEER / WEST CARROLL PARISH / LA  
START LAT/LON: 32.8616 / -91.5219  
 
END DATE: 4/14/2018  
END TIME: 3:42 AM CDT  
CDT END LOCATION: 4 WSW OAK GROVE / WEST CARROLL PARISH / LA  
END LAT/LON: 32.8443 / -91.4485  
 
SUMMARY: THE TORNADO BEGAN NORTH OF ROUNDHILL RD, SNAPPING AND  
UPROOTING MULTIPLE TREES. IT CONTINUED EASTWARD ACROSS MORGAN RD AND  
TACKETT RD, DAMAGING ADDITIONAL TREES. IT THEN CROSSED LA HIGHWAY  
878 AT THE INTERSECTION WITH GRUBBS RD AND WALTERS RD, WHERE A  
MOBILE HOME SUSTAINED ROOF DAMAGE. IT THEN CROSSED BIENZ RD TWICE,  
LIFTING IN A WOODED AREA JUST NORTH OF THE ROAD.  
   
RANKIN COUNTY / FLOWOOD TORNADO
 
 
RATING: EF1  
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 90 MPH  
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 6.15 MILES  
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 50 YARDS  
FATALITIES: 0  
INJURIES: 0  
 
START DATE: 4/14/2018  
START TIME: 7:44 AM CDT  
START LOCATION: 1 N FLOWOOD / RANKIN COUNTY / MS  
START LAT/LON: 32.3341 / -90.1065  
 
END DATE: 4/14/2018  
END TIME: 7:55 AM CDT  
END LOCATION: 5 N BRANDON / RANKIN COUNTY / MS  
END LAT/LON: 32.3587 / -90.0041  
 
SUMMARY:  
THIS TORNADO BEGAN NEAR JACKSON PREPARATORY SCHOOL ALONG LAKELAND  
DRIVE AND SUBSEQUENTLY TRACKED EAST-NORTHEAST JUST NORTH OF THE  
LAKELAND DRIVE ON ITS ROUGHLY 6 MILE PATH LENGTH THROUGH WEST-  
CENTRAL AND INTO CENTRAL RANKIN COUNTY. MOST OF THE DAMAGE WAS  
LIMITED TO TREES WITH THE MOST SIGNIFICANT TREE DAMAGE INVOLVING  
SNAPPED AND UPROOTED HARDWOOD TREES, YIELDING A LOW END EF-1  
DESIGNATION. THERE WAS SCATTERED MINOR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE, MAINLY  
TO ROOFS, AS LARGE LIMBS AND TREES FELL UPON RESIDENCES. A FEW  
BUSINESSES ALSO SUSTAINED MINOR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE DUE DIRECTLY TO  
WINDS NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF GRANTS FERRY ROAD AND LAKELAND  
DRIVE. ALONG A PORTION OF THE TORNADO'S PATH THROUGH FLOWOOD AND  
MILLCREEK COMMUNITIES THE TRACK SHOWED EVIDENCE OF SKIPPING AND  
PRODUCING VERY LIMITED DAMAGE. A DRIVER ON LAKELAND DRIVE CAPTURED  
VIDEO OF THE TORNADO AT THE INTERSECTION WITH VINE DRIVE SHORTLY  
BEFORE IT LIFTED.  
   
WINSTON COUNTY TORNADO
 
 
RATING: EF1  
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 105 MPH  
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 0.8 MILES  
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 150 YARDS  
FATALITIES: 0  
INJURIES: 0  
 
START DATE: 4/14/2018  
START TIME: 9:23 AM CDT  
START LOCATION: 3 SW NOXAPATER / WINSTON COUNTY / MS  
START LAT/LON: 32.9569 / -89.1021  
 
END DATE: 4/14/2018  
END TIME: 9:25 AM CDT  
END LOCATION: 3 SW NOXAPATER / WINSTON COUNTY / MS  
END LAT/LON: 32.9631 / -89.0902  
 
SUMMARY: THE TORNADO BEGAN SOUTHWEST OF ROBERTS RD AND TRAVELED  
NORTHEAST. ALONG ITS PATH, SOME TIN WAS RIPPED OFF OF A LARGE SHED  
AND SEVERAL TREES WERE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED. AS THE TORNADO CROSSED  
ROBERTS RD, IT RIPPED OFF PART OF THE ROOF OF A HOME. SEVERAL MORE  
LARGE TREES WERE UPROOTED OR SNAPPED IN THIS AREA. THE TORNADO  
CONTINUED NORTHEAST INTO A WOODED AREA WHERE THE END POINT HAD TO BE  
ESTIMATED.  
   
LAMAR COUNTY TORNADO
 
 
RATING: EF1  
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 95 MPH  
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 6.19 MILES  
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 200 YARDS  
FATALITIES: 0  
INJURIES: 0  
 
START DATE: 4/14/2018  
START TIME: 10:07 AM CDT  
START LOCATION: 13 ESE COLUMBIA / LAMAR COUNTY / MS  
START LAT/LON: 31.1644 / -89.6325  
 
END DATE: 4/14/2018  
END TIME: 10:15 AM CDT  
END LOCATION: 9 WNW PURVIS / LAMAR COUNTY / MS  
END LAT/LON: 31.2116 / -89.5457  
 
SUMMARY: THE TORNADO BEGAN NEAR JOHNSON ROAD AND LUTHER SAUCIER  
ROAD, SNAPPING A FEW SOFTWOOD TREES AND UPROOTING SOME HARDWOOD  
TREES. IT THEN CONTINUED NORTHEAST, CAUSING TREE DAMAGE ACROSS CANEY  
CHURCH ROAD AND PURVIS TO COLUMBIA ROAD. IT THEN CROSSED NEAR THE  
SOUTH AND EAST SIDE OF BIG BAY LAKE, ONCE AGAIN CAUSING SPORADIC  
TREE DAMAGE. THE TORNADO LIFTED NEAR PURVIS OLOH ROAD.  
   
LAUDERDALE COUNTY / MERIDIAN TORNADO
 
 
RATING: EF2  
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 115 MPH  
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 8.55 MILES  
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 780 YARDS  
FATALITIES: 0  
INJURIES: 2  
 
START DATE: 4/14/2018  
START TIME: 10:43 AM CDT  
START LOCATION: 2 SSW MERIDIAN / LAUDERDALE COUNTY / MS  
START LAT/LON: 32.3558 / -88.7321  
 
END DATE: 4/14/2018  
END TIME: 10:53 AM CDT  
END LOCATION: 2 ENE MARION / LAUDERDALE COUNTY / MS  
END LAT/LON: 32.435 / -88.6209  
 
SUMMARY: THIS TORNADO DEVELOPED JUST TO THE NORTH OF I-20 ALONG  
HIGHWAY 19 N. IT CROSSED THROUGH DOWNTOWN MERIDIAN, CAUSING TREE  
DAMAGE TO MUCH OF THE AREA. IT CAUSED STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO A FEW  
BUILDINGS ALONG 14TH STREET, INCLUDING ROOF AND FACADE DAMAGE. THE  
TORNADO REACHED ITS STRONGEST INTENSITY OF EF2 STRENGTH AS IT NEARED  
23RD STREET. HERE IT SNAPPED A COUPLE OF POWER POLES, ALONG WITH  
MULTIPLE HARDWOOD AND SOFTWOOD TREES. IN ADDITION, IT TORE THE ROOF  
OFF OF AN APARTMENT BUILDING AND A PORTION OF A BUILDING AT MAGNOLIA  
MIDDLE SCHOOL. VIDEO EVIDENCE ALSO INDICATED THE TORNADO TORE THE  
ROOF OFF OF A HOME NEAR GRANDVIEW AVENUE ALONG WITH THE LOSS OF SOME  
EXTERIOR WALLS. THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO TRACK NORTHEAST AND  
GENERALLY FOLLOWED HIGHWAY 45. DAMAGE MAINLY CONSISTED OF TREES  
BEING SNAPPED OR UPROOTED. SOME OF THESE TREES FELL ONTO HOMES. THE  
TORNADO LIFTED NEAR WILLOWLAKE ROAD.  
   
COLUMBUS THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE
 
 
PEAK WIND /E/: 65 MPH  
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 1.3 MILES  
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 600 YARDS  
FATALITIES: 0  
INJURIES: 0  
 
START DATE: 4/14/2018  
START TIME: 10:44 AM CDT  
START LOCATION: 2 WNW COLUMBUS / LOWNDES COUNTY / MS  
START LAT/LON: 33.5169 / -88.4446  
 
END DATE: 4/14/2018  
END TIME: 10:45 AM CDT  
END LOCATION: 2 NW COLUMBUS / LOWNDES COUNTY / MS  
END_LAT/LON: 33.5221 / -88.4239  
 
SUMMARY: SEVERAL TREES WERE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED ACROSS NORTHERN  
PORTIONS OF THE CITY OF COLUMBUS IN A CORRIDOR EXTENDING FROM ALONG  
LINCOLN ROAD, ACROSS US HIGHWAY 82 TO ALONG WILLOWBROOK ROAD JUST  
NORTH OF US HIGHWAY 82. SOME HOMES AND OTHER BUILDINGS WERE DAMAGED  
BY FALLEN TREES, AND SOME BUSINESSES SUSTAINED MINOR DAMAGE,  
PARTICULARLY TO SIGNS. THE NWS SURVEY TEAM WAS UNABLE TO FIND  
SUFFICIENT CONCLUSIVE EVIDENCE THAT THIS DAMAGE WAS THE RESULT OF A  
TORNADO.  
 
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 200MPH  
EF5...VIOLENT...>200MPH  
 
NOTE:  
THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO  
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENTS AND PUBLICATION IN NWS  
STORM DATA.  
 

 
 
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