EF-1 Tornado Strikes De Soto, Red River & Caddo
Parishes on January 12, 2013

The first tornado of 2013 in the Four State Region occurred during the night of January 12, 2013.  Meteorologists from the National Weather Service office in Shreveport surveyed damage from a strong EF-1 tornado that began 7 miles southeast of Frierson in De Soto Parish.  The tornado snapped hardwood trees in this area and tracked northwest into Red River Parish.  Major damage was done to a home and trees on Parish Road 410 about 15 miles west-northwest of Hall Summit.  The tornado crossed Highway 1 about 15 miles southeast of the city limits of Shreveport cuasing substantial damage to two vehicles and two travel trailers at the Petro Hawk Natural Gas site off of Highway 1.  Two people inside one of the trailers sustained injuries.  The tornado dissipated as it approached the Red River.  Snapped tree trunks were frequently found throughout the damage path.  This damage is consistent with an EF-1 tornado with maximum estimated winds ner 110 mph.


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This survey data is preliminary and subject to change as more information becomes available.  Road accessibility and inconsistencies between mapping and GPS software may limit the accuracy of the tracks plotted on this map. Line widths are not representative of actual tornado widths.  The information plotted on this map is intended for general reference use only.

For official post-storm information, use Storm Data from the National Climatic Data Center.

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