SHREVEPORT, LA TORNADO

* Location: SHREVEPORT/BOSSIER CITY, LA
* Time: 4:13 PM
* Rating: EF2
* Summary of Damage: THE TORNADO SNAPPED SEVERAL TREES...AND TOOK THE STEEPLE OFF THE TOP OF FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH. IT THEN CONTINUED NORTHEAST CAUSING SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO THE SHREVEPORT CONVENTION CENTER AND OTHER DOWNTOWN BUSINESSES. THE TORNADO THEN CROSSED THE RED RIVER JUST NORTH OF SAM`S TOWN CASINO, KNOCKING DOWN SEVERAL TREES ALONG THE RIVER.

THE TORNADO TRACK CROSSED THE RED RIVER JUST SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 220 NEAR BENTON ROAD, WHERE SEVERAL TREES WERE SNAPPED ALONG THE LEVEE AND A BARN WAS DAMAGED. THE TORNADO CROSSED INTERSTATE 220 JUST WEST OF BENTON RD, AND CAUSED MINOR TO SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE AT SEVERAL CAR DEALERSHIPS ALONG BENTON RD.

IT CROSSED BENTON RD, AND ENTERED THE GREEN ACRES PLACE SUBDIVISION, CAUSING MODERATE TO MAJOR DAMAGE TO NUMEROUS HOMES AND
TOWN HOUSES. THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST INTO THE BROWNLEE SUBDIVISION WHERE MORE HOMES HAD SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE. IT THEN MOVED NORTHEAST CAUSING SOME DAMAGE TO THE RESERVE APARTMENT COMPLEX AND THE CYPRESS POINTE APARTMENT COMPLEX ON AIRLINE DRIVE.

THE TORNADO THEN CROSSED AIRLINE DRIVE JUST NORTH OF LE OAKS DRIVE AND CAUSED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE IN CROSS CREEK AND BAYOU BEND
SUBDIVISION. CONTINUING ON A NORTHEAST TRACK, THE TORNADO CAUSED MAJOR DAMAGE AT THE BOSSIER EMERGENCY SERVICE CENTER ON SWAN LAKE RD. AND SNAPPED AND UPROOTED NUMEROUS TREES IN ROSE NEATH CEMETERY.

THE TORNADO MOVED NORTH AND CROSSED SWAN LAKE RD. CAUSING SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO HOMES IN THE LEGACY SUBDIVISION. IT THEN CONTINUED
NORTHEAST CAUSING MINOR DAMAGE TO A HOME...AND UPROOTED AND SNAPPED TREES ON DEEN POINT RD. THE TRACK CONTINUED FURTHER TO THE NORTHEAST CAUSING TREE DAMAGE ON JESSIE JONES RD. AND WEST LAKESHORE DR IN BENTON. THE TORNADO THEN CONTINUED NORTHEAST CROSSING CYPRESS LAKE AND CAUSING MORE DAMAGE TO TREES ON MERRITT RD. BEFORE DISSIPATING.

OVER 100 HOMES IN BOSSIER PARISH WERE DAMAGED IN THIS TORNADO TRACK. THE TORNADO PATH LENGTH WAS 13 MILES, AND WAS 600 YARDSWIDE. THE TORNADO WAS ESTIMATED TO BE ON THE GROUND FOR 17 MINUTES WITH AN ESTIMATED WIND SPEED OF 110 TO 115 MPH.


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