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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LAKE CHARLES LA  
320 PM CDT THU APR 20 2017  
 
...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 04/02/17 TORNADO EVENT - UPDATE 1  
   
UPDATE
 
UPDATED START AND END TIMES OF TORNADOES BASED ON RADAR  
AND SURFACE REPORTS.  
   
GLENMORA/FOREST HILL TORNADO
 
 
RATING: EF-1  
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 105 MPH  
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 7.4 MILES  
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 50 YARDS  
FATALITIES: 0  
INJURIES: 0  
 
START DATE: APR 02 2017  
START TIME: 132 PM CDT  
START LOCATION: 1 NW GLENMORA/RAPIDES/LA  
START LAT/LON: 30.9925/-92.5992  
 
END DATE: APR 02 2017  
END TIME: 146 PM CDT  
END LOCATION: 2 N FOREST HILL/RAPIDES/LA  
END LAT/LON: 31.0738/-92.5221  
 
SURVEY SUMMARY: A FEW PINE TREES WERE SNAPPED BETWEEN GLENMORA AND FOREST HILL.  
MOST DAMAGE WAS MEDIUM TO SMALL BRANCHES. THE STORM BEGAN NEAR MCNARY CUTOFF AND  
LA 113 AND DISSIPATED NEAR LA 112 AND US 165.  
   
WOODWORTH TORNADO
 
 
RATING: EF-2  
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 115 MPH  
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 5.5 MILES  
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 800 YARDS  
FATALITIES: 0  
INJURIES: 0  
 
START DATE: APR 02 2017  
START TIME: 150 PM CDT  
START LOCATION: 3 WSW WOODWORTH/RAPIDES/LA  
START LAT/LON: 31.1255/-92.5368  
 
END DATE: APR 02 2017  
END TIME: 159 PM CDT  
END LOCATION: 5 NNW WOODWORTH/RAPIDES/LA  
END LAT/LON: 31.2057/-92.5313  
 
SURVEY SUMMARY: THE TORNADO BEGAN NEAR BAYOU CLEAR AND MOVED NORTH ACROSS BAYOU  
CLEAR ROAD WHERE 4 HOMES WERE DAMAGED BY FALLING TREES. THE TORNADO CONTINUED  
NORTH ACROSS CASTOR PLUNGE ROAD WHERE IT REACHED ITS MAXIMUM WIDTH OF AROUND  
HALF A MILE. MANY PINE TREES WERE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED. THE TORNADO DISSIPATED  
NEAR BAYOU BOEUF. MOST OF THE PATH WAS IN THE KISATCHIE NATIONAL FOREST. THIS  
TORNADO WAS SEEN AND FILMED BY MANY PEOPLE IN THE AREA.  
   
ALEXANDRIA TORNADO
 
 
RATING: EF-1  
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 105 MPH  
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 5.4 MILES  
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 500 YARDS  
FATALITIES: 0  
INJURIES: 0  
 
START DATE: APR 02 2017  
START TIME: 205 PM CDT  
START LOCATION: 5 SW ALEXANDRIA/RAPIDES/LA  
START LAT/LON: 31.2499/-92.4821  
 
END DATE: APR 02 2017  
END TIME: 218 PM CDT  
END LOCATION: 2 NW ALEXANDRIA/RAPIDES/LA  
END LAT/LON: 31.3281/-92.4778  
 
SURVEY SUMMARY: THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR US 165 AND BOWIE DRIVE, BLOWING DOWN  
SEVERAL TREES, DAMAGING A GAS STATION AWNING, AND BLOWING THE DOORS IN AND THE  
SIDE OF A LARGE STORAGE BUILDING. IT CROSSED TO THE WEST SIDE OF US 165 WHERE IT  
HIT RESIDENTIAL AREAS INCLUDING CHEROKEE VILLAGE AND PLANTATION ACRES WHERE  
MANY TREES WERE DOWNED, SOME LANDING ON HOMES, GARAGES, AND VEHICLES. SOME  
BUILDINGS HAD MINOR ROOF DAMAGE SUCH AS SHINGLES OR SOFFIT PULLED OFF. THE  
TORNADO CONTINUED INTO A BUSINESS DISTRICT ALONG JACKSON STREET WEST OF US 165  
WHERE IT LIFTED PARTS OF FLAT ROOFS OFF OF BUSINESSES. SOME OF THE FLYING  
DEBRIS BROKE WINDOWS OF VEHICLES AND BUSINESSES IN THE AREA, AS WELL AS  
LARGE BILLBOARD AND OTHER SIGNAGE. THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTH, CROSSING  
THE INTERSECTION OF LA 28 AND US HWY 165, AND DISSIPATED BEFORE IT REACHED  
I-49. THIS TORNADO WAS SEEN AND FILMED BY MANY PEOPLE IN THE AREA.  
   
LENA TORNADO
 
 
RATING: EF-0  
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 60 MPH  
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 0.1 MILES  
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 10 YARDS  
FATALITIES: 0  
INJURIES: 0  
 
START DATE: APR 02 2017  
START TIME: 320 PM CDT  
START LOCATION: 1 W LENA/RAPIDES/LA  
START LAT/LON: 31.4595/-92.7846  
 
END DATE: APR 02 2017  
END TIME: 321 PM CDT  
END LOCATION: 1 W LENA/RAPIDES/LA  
END LAT/LON: 31.4605/-92.7833  
 
SURVEY SUMMARY: STORM CHASERS FILMED A WEAK TORNADO ON I-49 NEAR LENA. ONE OF  
THE STORM CHASE VEHICLES DROVE THROUGH THE TORNADO. NO SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE WAS  
FOUND IN THE REGION. VIDEO OF THIS WAS SEEN ON SOCIAL MEDIA.  
 
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 200 MPH  
EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH  
 
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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