TORNADOES & SEVERE WEATHER
NOVEMBER 17th & 18th, 2003

During the evening hours of November 17th, severe weather broke out across portions of Southeast Texas and Central Louisiana.  Three tornadoes occurred during this episode in extreme northern Newton County near the Toledo Bend Reservoir Dam, near the town of Jasper, and near Bunkie, Louisiana in Avoyelles Parish.  Pictures of the damage from each tornado can be viewed by clicking on the images below.

 

Toledo Bend Dam F2 Tornado

 

Toledo Bend Dam Tornado 01
Numerous pine trees were blown down by a F2 tornado near the Toledo Bend Reservoir Dam.  At least 16 homes were damaged by the storm.
Toledo Bend Dam Tornado 02
This elevated home on the Sabine River was blown off its pilings by the tornado.
Toledo Bend Dam Tornado 03
This brick home was destroyed by the storm, which was later classified as an F2 on the Fujita Tornado Intensity Scale.
Toledo Bend Dam Tornado 04
Further proof that the safest place to be in a house during a tornado is an interior room, such as a bathroom, or a closet.
Toledo Bend Dam Tornado 05
Friends and family pitch in to salvage the remains of this mobile home, below Toledo Bend Dam.
Toledo Bend Dam Tornado 06
Another view of the destroyed mobile home below Toledo Bend Dam.


Jasper F1 Tornado

 

Jasper Tornado 01
Jasper Fire Department checking out damage from an F1 tornado.
Jasper Tornado 02
This mobile home was destroyed when a tree sliced through the roof.
Jasper Tornado 03
Trees blew down on this home near Jasper during the tornado.
Jasper Tornado 04
The Texas Department of Transportation reported several trees and power lines down near Jasper.


Bunkie F1 Tornado

 

Bunkie Tornado 01
This home, near Bunkie, lost its carport and part of its roof in an F1 tornado.
Bunkie Tornado 02
Several barns were also damaged by the storm's 80+ mph winds.
Bunkie Tornado 03
Areas of unharvested sugar cane were blown down in Avoyelles Parish.


Preliminary Local Storm Reports

 

TORNADO REPORTS
Date Time F-Scale Location County State Lat Lon Comments
11/17/03 1015pm UNK BEND NEWTON TX 3109 9848 11 HOMES DAMAGED. 7 HOMES DESTROYED. SEVERAL MINOR INJRIES. LOCATION WAS JUST SOUTH OF TOLEDO BEND DAM ON RIVER ROAD. PATH LENGTH 1 MILE AND THE WIDTH WAS 20 YARDS. (LCH)
11/18/03 1215am UNK 5 W JASPER JASPER TX 3091 9409 DAMAGE PATH 5 MILES LONG AND 50 YARDS WIDE. 4-5 HOMES DESTROYED. 10-12 HOMES DAMAGED. (LCH)
11/18/03 130am UNK JASPER JASPER TX 3091 9400 TORNADO SIGHTED BY PUBLIC NEAR HWY 96 (LCH)
11/18/03 200am UNK BEAUMONT JEFFERSON TX 3008 9410 PUBLIC REPORTS OVERHEAD DOORS BLOWN OFF BUILDINGS AND NUMEROUS CARS IN PARKING LOT DAMAGED (LCH)
 
HAIL REPORTS
Date Time Size Location County State Lat Lon Comments
11/17/03

915pm

1.75" ROGANVILLE JASPER TX 3180 9390 SHERIFFS DEPT REPORTED GOLF BALL SIZE HAIL. (LCH)
 
WIND REPORTS
Date Time Speed Location County State Lat Lon Comments
11/18/03

147am

69 mph N BEAUMONT JEFFERSON TX 3008 9410 REPORTED BY TELEVISION METEOROLOGIST (LCH)

 


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