Tornado

Tornado Touches Down In Mississippi, Louisiana

Apr 16, 2018
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The National Weather Service says a tornado ripped through parts of Louisiana and Mississippi causing some damage.

The weather service says a tornado touched down Saturday night in Meridian, Mississippi, with maximum winds of 115 mph knocking out power and uprooting trees. A storm survey confirmed another tornado blew through Richland Parish near Rayville, Louisiana, on Sunday afternoon.

The weather service says the "weak" tornado in Louisiana caused only minor tree damage.

The National Weather service is currently a damage survey from Friday and Saturday's storm. Scientist with the Shreveport office have confirmed six tornadoes in their initial reports.

An EF-1 tornado with winds up to 105 m.p.h. hit the Grambling area and moved to Ruston. The path of the tornado was 6.66 miles. Trees fell on houses and metal roofs were blown off of houses.

The Choudrant area was pummeled by an EF-1 tornado. NWS Meteorologist say that a tornado was on the ground for 4.77 miles. The path took the twister across I-20 and splintered trees with 105 m.p.h. winds.

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The northern half of the state is under a slight to enhanced risk of severe weather today and the risk for severe storms shifts to southeast Louisiana for tomorrow. State Climatologist Barry Keim says there’s a good chance we’ll see a few tornado warnings today.

 

Keim says, "It's a pretty strong funnel system. There's a lot of instability and a lot of convective activity."

 

Keim says a strong cold front that will once again bring us chilly air for the weekend will begin firing off storms this weekend.

 

NWS Shreveport

Severe weather is expected to move into the area on Friday. The system will bring up to 4" of rainfall and produce flash flooding. The strong storm could also produce hail, damaging winds and dangerous tornadoes. The greatest risk will be Friday afternoon into Saturday morning.

Take time now to clean drains and ditches to prevent flooding. Prepare now by getting a flashlight and battery powered radio and keep it tuned to 90.3 KEDM for alerts. Discuss your storm plan with your family. 

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The public is invited to learn more about the VORTEX-SE project and the University of Louisiana Monroe's role in this cooperative effort with the NOAA — the National Oceanic and Administrative Administration —  at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 21 at the Monroe Regional Airport. The event will be in Avflight Hangar #3.

The Verification of the Origins of Tornadoes Experiment-Southeast, or VORTEX-SE, focuses on improving understanding of the unique characteristics of storms and tornadoes in the Southeast United States.

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Severe storms that killed two people in Louisiana are taking aim at Alabama and other parts of the Southeast.

The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Oklahoma says tornadoes and strong winds are likely Monday from parts of Mississippi extending to South Carolina. The greatest tornado risk is centered over southern Alabama.

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The following schools are closed on Monday:

 Morehouse Parish Schools

 Prairie View Academy

 LaSalle Parish Schools

 Franklin Parish Schools

Prepare Now for Spring Severe Weather

Mar 23, 2017
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The spring season is the time for change and that includes weather.

Northeast Louisiana experiences some of the most severe weather from March to June. Tornadoes, high winds, and flash floods all can happen in an instant, and it's best interest to be prepared.

Prior to severe weather, the National Weather Service issues a watch a few hours before active weather; then, a warning is issued once signs of severe weather begin.

President Donald Trump has approved a federal disaster declaration for two Louisiana parishes hit by Tuesday's tornado outbreak.

 

Gov. John Bel Edwards requested individual assistance in Orleans, Ascension, Livingston, and St. James parishes. It also sought public assistance in those areas plus Jefferson Parish; and for statewide hazard mitigation assistance.

 

The National Weather Service says it has confirmed three tornadoes that have touched down in southern Louisiana. 

Danielle Manning, a meteorologist with the weather service, says one touched down in the eastern part of New Orleans, another touched down near the town of Donaldsonville and another in the town of Killian. 

She said they have heard reports of injuries but nothing that has been confirmed yet. Local media showed images of some severely damaged buildings in eastern New Orleans with downed power lines strewn across the road.

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