Severe Weather Hits the
Four State Region April 24-27, 2011

Severe weather hit the Four State Region beginning during the late night hours of April 24, 2011, and continuing until the early morning hours of April 27, 2011.  Multiple tornadoes have been confirmed across the area.  This event was part of a much larger and historic outbreak that occured across other parts of the Southeastern United States, most notably in Alabama.  Many other areas suffered damage from straight-line winds and flooding.  Storm surveys were conducted to evaluate the damage that occurred. Below is a preliminary report from the findings of the survey.  The report is presented in chronological order.  Click here to see a Google Map of confirmed tornado tracks.  Not all of the tracks are available for viewing on map.  More information may be added to this page in the coming days as it becomes available.

TOTAL TORNADO COUNT = 26

EF-0 = 14
EF-1 = 8
EF-2 = 4
 

APRIL 24, 2011

  1. Location:  Near Umpire, AR
    Rating:  EF1
    Time:  10:54 PM through 10:59 PM
    Maximum Width:  75 yds
    Injuries:  0
    Fatalities:  0

    Details:  An EF1 tornado first touched down just northeast of Umpire along SR 84 with a path width of 75 yards.  The storm then paralleled SR 84 snapping and/or uprooting large trees until it lifted as it crossed Midway Road in the Mineola community.  There the tornado hit a brick home where nearly half of the roof was completely removed.  A large storage building was completely destroyed with an adjacent chicken house suffering severe damage.  Estimated wind speed was 90-100 mph.  Path length was 3.52 miles.



    APRIL 25, 2011

  2. Location:  Near Fulton, AR
    Rating:  EF0
    Time:  9:05 AM through 9:13 AM
    Maximum Width:  100 yds
    Injuries:  0
    Fatalities:  0

    Details:   An EF0 tornado first touched down northeast of Fulton along Hwy 195 where several pine trees were snapped in a pine thicket. The tornado was at its widest point at this time...approximately 100 yards wide. The storm then continued on an east northeast track snapping trees as it crossed CR 10. The storm then lifted just to the west of CR 15. Path length was 7.58 miles long with estimated winds near 75-80 mph.


  3. Location:  Near Broken Bow, OK
    Rating:  EF0
    Time:  2:02 PM through 2:12 PM
    Maximum Width:  75 yds
    Injuries:   0
    Fatalities:  0

    Details:  An EF0 tornado touched down 5 miles southwest of Broken Bow. The tornado continued northeast crossing Hwy 70 about 1 mile south of Broken Bow...then continued northeast ending 4 miles east of Broken Bow on Hwy 70. Damage consisted mainly of trees being snapped and uprooted. Winds are estimated at 75 to 85 mph. The track length was 9 miles and width 75 yards.


  4. Location:  Troup, TX
    Rating:  EF1
    Time:  3:32 PM through 3:38 PM
    Maximum Width: 75 yds
    Injuries:  0
    Fatalities:  0

    Details:  An EF1 tornado snapped multiple trees along an 8 mile track just south of the Smith/Cherokee County line. The tornado touched down 6 miles southwest of Troup on Hwy 135 and continued northeast crossing Hwy 110 before ending just north of FM 13. A small outbuilding was rolled. Path width was 75 yards wide. Winds estimated at 85-95 mph.


  5. Location:  Near Eagletown, OK
    Rating:  EF0
    Time:  5:18 PM through 5:21 PM
    Maximum Width:  50 yds
    Injuries:  0
    Fatalities:  0

    Details:  An EF0 tornado touched down 1 mile north northwest of Eagletown on Hwy 24...then continued east for 2.5 miles ending just north of Hwy 24. Damage consisted of multiple trees snapped and uprooted and a small convenience store had roof and awning damage. Winds are estimated at 75 to 85 mph. The track had a length of 2.5 miles and width of 50 yards.


  6. Location:  Near Horatio, AR
    Rating:  EF0
    Time:  5:37 PM through 5:45 PM
    Maximum Width:  70 yds
    Injuries: 0
    Fatalities: 0

    Details:  An EF0 tornado touched down 4 miles southwest of Horatio along State Hwy 41. The tornado continued northeast into Sevier County...ending 3 miles east northeast of Horatio on hwy 24. Damage consisted mainly of trees being snapped and uprooted. Winds are estimated at 75 to 85 mph. The track had a length was 7 miles and width of 70 yards.


  7. Location:  Wells, TX
    Rating:  EF1
    Time:  9:37 PM through 10:04 PM
    Maximum Width:  1/4 mile
    Injuries:  0
    Fatalities:  0

    Details:  An EF1 tornado with a 10 mile path length began in the extreme southeast corner of Cherokee County where it caused roof damage to a home along CR 2829. The storm continued into Angelina County where it snapped and uprooted several trees along FM 1819 and CR 13. Several homes suffered roof damage and outbuildings were destroyed. The storm crossed Choppin Road near Winter Lane and then lifted on the west side of the Pollock community. Path width was 1/4 mile wide. Estimated winds were 110 mph. Wind damage was also noted up to one half mile north of the path of the tornado in association with inflow into the north side of the circulation.

    A 2 mile swath of severe wind damage was found in association with the rear flank downdraft from the Wells tornado. Minor roof damage occurred to homes along fm 1819. The old Redtown School and senior citizen center both lost parts of their metal roofs. A barn and several outbuildings on Choppin Road lost their roofs. Hundreds of trees were blown down from redtown to pollock along FM 1819...Hwy 103...Hwy 7 and Hwy 69. Winds were estimated from 90 to 110 mph. Width of damage was 2 miles wide.


  8. Location:  Lufkin, TX
    Rating:  EF0
    Time:  10:13 PM through 10:15 PM
    Maximum Width:  25 yds
    Injuries:  0
    Fatalities:  0

    Details:  An EF0 tornado with a path length of 1 mile touched down along Richardson Road northwest of Lufkin. Minor roof damage occurred to a mobile home at Royce Oliver Road and Richardson Road. Another home suffered minor roof damage at the FM 706/Hwy 69 intersection. Multiple trees were snapped and uprooted as well. Path width was 25 yards wide. Estimated winds near 80 mph.

    A one half mile wide damage path in association with the rear flank downdraft of the Lufkin tornado resulted in several trees uprooted or snapped blocking portions of Blue Rock Lane...Richardson Road and Hwy 60. Wind speed was estimated up to 70 mph.

    A NWS storm survey noted a few trees and numerous tree limbs were blown down along Hwy 69 from south of Huntington in Angelina County to the Jasper County line. This was in association with thunderstorm wind damage with winds estimated at 60-70 mph.

    A NWS storm survey noted that numerous trees were snapped and uprooted along and east of Hwy 63 in Angelina County to the western shore of Lake Sam Rayburn to just north of the Jasper County line. This was in association with thunderstorm wind damage with winds estimated near 75 mph.


    APRIL 26, 2011

  9. Location:  NW of Lindale, TX
    Rating:  EF0
    Time:  6:04 PM through 6:20 PM
    Maximum Width:  60 yds
    Injuries:  0
    Fatalities:  0

    Details:  An EF0 tornado along a 7 mile long track in extreme northwest Smith County. This tornado was a continuation of the tornado that moved out of Van Zandt County. Multiple trees were snapped 1 mile south of I-20. The storm then crossed I-20 2 miles east of the county line then lifted approximately 4 miles northwest of Lindale on FM 16. Path width was 60 yards. Winds estimated at 75-85 mph.


  10. Location:  Tatum, TX
    Rating:  EF1
    Time:  6:35 PM through 6:54 PM
    Maximum Width:  100 yds
    Injuries:  0
    Fatalities:  0

    Details:  A few trees were snapped at their base and had large limbs broken off with the initial touchdown along CR 2138 southwest of Tatum. It continued along a northeast path where it destroyed a storage outbuilding and uprooted several trees at the intersection of FM 2187 and Hwy 149. The tornado continued to the northeast where it uprooted several trees and ripped off the tops of several more along CR 2216 and CR 2221. The tornado continued to the northeast where numerous tree damage along a parallel path with Hendricks Lake Road was noted. The tornado then briefly crossed into Panola and Harrison Counties knocking over a few trees along Hwy 43, where the tornado then lifted. The path length was 13.8 miles and maximum winds were estimated at 80-85 mph.


  11. Location:  7 miles west of Hawkins, TX
    Rating:  EF0
    Time:  7:00 PM through 7:05 PM
    Maximum Width:  50 yds
    Injuries:  0
    Fatalities:  0

    Details:  An EF0 tornado snapped multiple trees along a 3 mile track just north of Hwy. 80. The tornado touched down 7 miles west of Hawkins and continued east northeast ending on CR 3840. Path width was 50 yards wide. Winds estimated at 75-85 mph.


  12. Location:  4 miles SSE of Marshall, TX
    Rating:  EF2
    Time:  7:04 PM through 7:14 PM
    Maximum Width:  400 yds
    Injuries:  0
    Fatalities:  0

    Details:  A few trees were snapped at their base and had large limbs broken off with the initial touchdown along FM 2625 just west of Hwy 59. The tornado paralleled FM 2625 causing sporadic tree damage until it reached the intersection of FM 2625 and Taylor Road. The tornado strengthened rapidly in a short time frame, causing EF2 damage to two residential homes and EF1 damage to a third. One house completely lost its roof while another had an entire room destroyed. The third home had its metal roof peeled off while sustaining partial wall failure. Numerous trees in the vicinity of the homes were completely toppled or had their tops sheared off. The tornado continued to the northeast where it intersected Blocker Road near FM 2625 snapping and uprooting numerous trees. The tornado continued to the northeast dissipating over a logging road a mile to the east of Blocker Rd. The path length was 5.5 miles and maximum winds were estimated at 120-125 mph.


  13. Location:  Jonesville, TX
    Rating:  EF0
    Time:  7:24 PM through 7:34 PM
    Maximum Width:  70 yds
    Injuries:  0
    Fatalities:  0

    Details:  A few trees were snapped with the initial touchdown along and just north I-20, near the Hwy 80 exit just west of Waskom. The tornado continued northeast causing sporadic tree damage along Bellview Road. The tornado then continued northeast where it toppled several large trees and knocked down large limbs along Concord Road between FM 134 and Owen George Road. The tornado continued northeast where it took the tops off of a few trees along Owen George Road. The tornado continued northeast knocking over a few trees along FM 9, where it finally dissipated. The path length was 5.94 miles and maximum winds were estimated at 70-75 mph.


  14. Location:  Benton, LA
    Rating:  EF0
    Time:  7:34 PM through 7:39 PM
    Maximum Width:  50 yds
    Injuries:  0
    Fatalities:  0

    Details:  Several large trees were toppled and a few large limbs were broken off trees at the entrance of the Magnolia Chase subdivision along Benton Road just south of the city of Benton. The tornado continued to the north-northeast where it broke off large limbs on a few trees along Benton Road near Jacobs Trail. The tornado continued to the northeast where it snapped a tree at its base and knocked down a few large limbs along Palmetto Road south of the city of Benton. The tornado continued northeast where it toppled a large tree near the intersection of Larkin Street and Palmetto Road and finally dissipated. The path length was 3.57 miles and maximum winds were estimated at 70-75 mph.


  15. Location:  Keachi...Frierson, LA
    Rating:  EF2
    Time:  7:46 PM through 8:39 PM
    Maximum Width:  0.5 miles
    Injuries:  2
    Fatalities:  0

    Details:  The NWS in Shreveport conducted a storm survey in Panola County, Texas...De Soto, Caddo, and Bossier Parishes in Louisiana and tracked a long track tornado. Most of the damage along the path consisted of EF0 to EF1 type damage. A few locations near Keachi...Longstreet and Frierson exhibited low end EF2 damage. The tornado was consistently on the ground for a continuous 42 miles. Trees were snapped and uprooted...and as many as 3 dozen homes sustained
    minor damage with a few moderately damaged homes where carports were peeled back or trees fell on them. Several barns were knocked over or destroyed as well. The heaviest damage was located in the community of Frierson where widespread tree damage occurred and the tornado was at its widest point. Other damage along and just south of the tornado track is related to rear flank downdraft otherwise known as straight line winds. The tornado tracked from eastern Panola County near FM 3359 northeast into De Soto Parish across Belle Bower Texas Line Road...State Route 3015 where trees were snapped off 4 to 6 feet off the ground and 2 tanks from a gas well were overturned. The tornado continued northeast crossing State Route 5 between Keachi and Longstreet...then crossed Smyrna Road knocking over trees onto and around homes. The tornado crossed Hwy 171 south of the Hwy 5 and 171 intersection and followed along Jessie Lattin where several homes were damaged and barns destroyed. The storm continued northeast crossing I-49 where Red Bluff Road crosses under. Numerous trees were downed and increased in coverage as the storm moved into Frierson. The tornado continued northeast crossing the intersection of Ellerbe Road and Hwy 1 where several pecan trees were snapped then across the Red River into Bossier Parish and across Atkins Clark Road where a mobile trailer was flipped at a gas well injuring the occupants. The tornado continued northeast crossing Hwy 154 and 157 intersection damaging trees and powerlines before weakening and lifting near Lake Bistineau. Maximum winds are estimated at 110 - 115 mph.


  16. Location:  3 miles north northwest of Tyler, TX
    Rating:  EF0
    Time:  7:49 PM through 7:54 PM
    Maximum Width:  60 yards
    Injuries: 0
    Fatalities: 0

    Details:  An EF0 tornado snapped and uprooted multiple trees along a 3 mile track just inside the northwest Loop 323 and north of MLK Blvd. The tornado touched down 2 miles northwest of downtown Tyler on Cecil Street and moved east ending near the intersection of north northeast Loop 323 and CR 376. Path width 60 yards wide. Winds estimated at 75-85 mph.


  17. Location:  Dubberly, LA
    Rating:  EF1
    Time:  8:54 PM through 8:57 PM
    Maximum Width: 150 yards
    Injuries:  0
    Fatalities:  0

    Details:  A storm survey in Webster Parish, LA, near Dubberly concluded that damage was the result of an EF1 tornado. Numerous trees were snapped and uprooted south of Sibley east of 371. The tornado continued northeast into Dubberly where several homes sustained roof damage. Numerous trees were snapped and uprooted along Hwy 531 north of Dubberly. The tornado lifted as it approached Interstate 20. The storm responsible for this tornado is the same cell that produced a 42 mile long track across De Soto Parish. Maximum winds are estimated at 95-105 mph.


  18. Location:  6 miles south southeast of Grambling, LA
    Rating:  EF0
    Time:  9:31 PM through 9:41 PM
    Maximum Width:  80 yards
    Injuries:  0
    Fatalities:  0

    Details:  An EF0 tornado approximately 6 miles in length blew down trees along Hwy 818 between Clay and Woodville in far northern Jackson Parish. The storm then paralleled Hwy 167 knocking down trees before dissipating near the Ruston Golf and Country Club in the southern sections of Ruston. Path width was 80 yards wide with winds estimated at 70-75 mph.


  19. Location:  Junction city, LA/Lawson, AR
    Rating:  EF1
    Time:  9:45 PM through 10:15 PM
    Maximum Width:  100 yards
    Injuries:  0
    Fatalities:  0

    Details:  The NWS conducted a damage survey in Union Parish, LA, and Union County, AR, and concluded that an EF1 long track tornado was found to have occurred. The tornado first touched down about 4 miles south southwest of Junction City, AR...in Union Parish, LA...and lifted 30 minutes later about 2 miles northeast of Lawson, AR...in Union County, AR. The damage path was 26 miles long and about 100 yards wide. The damage consisted of numerous trees snapped and uprooted...with the worst of the tree damage near Lawson, AR. About 6 homes sustained minor damage.


  20. Location:  5 miles north of Eros, LA
    Rating:  EF0
    Time:  9:50 PM through 9:56 PM
    Maximum Width:  70 yards
    Injuries:  0
    Fatalities:  0

    Details:  An EF0 tornado 5 miles in length took out trees and powerlines west of the intersection of Hwy 556 and 144. The storm continued along 144 into western Ouachita Parish snapping trees near the Indian Village community. The storm dissipated just west of Calhoun north of Hwy 80. Path width was 70 yards wide with winds estimated at 80-85 mph.


  21. Location:  1 mile northwest of Swartz, LA
    Rating:  EF0
    Time:  10:33 PM through 10:39 PM
    Maximum Width:  50 yards
    Injuries:  0
    Fatalities:  0

    Details:  An EF0 tornado nearly 2 miles in length first touched down just southwest of the Hwy 594/139 intersection taking down several trees. The storm moved north northeast along Hwy 139 where trees were uprooted along Trichel Lane and Vinwood Road. The tornado dissipated just north of the intersection of Hwy 139 and Stubbs Vinson Road where minor roof damage occurred to a home. Path width was 50 yards wide with winds near 70-75 mph.



  22. Location:  Hall summit, LA
    Rating:  EF1
    Time:  10:55 PM through 10:56 PM
    Maximum Width:  125 yards
    Injuries:  0
    Fatalities:  0

    Details:  The NWS conducted a storm survey in Red River Parish, LA, near Hall Summit and concluded that damage was the result of an EF1 tornado. A couple barns were destroyed west of town north of State Route 514. The tornado continued east snapping and uprooting trees along 514. Several homes in town sustained minor to moderate roof damage. The tornado crossed 514 east of Hall Summit where numerous trees were snapped onto the road. The tornado continued east crossing 371 knocking over a few trees before lifting east of 371. A sheriff deputy witnessed the tornado crossing the hwy east of Hall Summit and was blocked in from falling trees. Maximum winds are estimated at 85-90 mph.


    APRIL 27, 2011

  23. Location:  Zwolle and Many, LA
    Rating:  EF2
    Time:  12:27 AM through 12:43 AM
    Maximum Width:  300 yards
    Injuries:  0
    Fatalities:  0

    Details:  The NWS conducted a storm survey from Zwolle, LA, eastward to north of Many, LA, and concluded that damage was the result of an EF2 tornado. The tornado first touched down along CR 3229 knocking over trees and destroying a shed. The storm continued east crossing Highway 191 where a 200 foot ommunications tower was bent to the ground and trees were snapped and uprooted near some homes. Further east along Highway 171, two homes were completely destroyed. One home was destroyed by a large tree while the other was by the wind alone. The tornado continued east along Parish Road 1216 snapping trees and damaging roofs to homes. A few homes had their roof peeled back. At least a dozen home sustained damage along 1216. What appears to be a downburst occurred near the intersection of 1216 and 175 feeding northeast into the tornado track which continued along Cedar Grove Road. The tornado began to occlude near the area around Cedar Grove Road and Rocky Springs Road. Maximum sustained winds are estimated at 110-120 mph, with a path length of 17 miles.


  24. Location:  Robeline, LA
    Rating:  EF1
    Time: 12:42 AM through 12:50 AM
    Maximum Width:  0.5 miles
    Injuries:  0
    Fatalities:  0

    Details:  The NWS conducted a storm survey in Sabine and Natchitoches Parishes in Louisiana and concluded that damage near Robeline was the result of an EF1 tornado with multiple vortices. The tornado first touched down northeast of Many along Highway 6 and primarily paralleled Highway 6 to just southwest of Robeline where it turned right and continued on a more eastward track along Robeline Provencal Road where the heaviest damage occurred. Along Highway 6, numerous homes were damaged largely from falling trees. However, a few homes sustained roof damage from winds. Numerous carports were tossed or flipped. Numerous trees were snapped and/or uprooted along the path as well. Southeast of Robeline along Robeline Provencal Road, numerous trees fell on homes and cars where several homes were nearly destroyed. The tornado continued east snapping trees and moving into largely forested areas north of Big Hill Fire Tower Road. The tornado lifted shortly before reaching Hagewood south along Highway 117. This is one of two tornadoes which affected Natchitoches Parish where it is estimated that at least 100 homes received damage from the storms. Maximum winds are estimated at 95-105 mph, with a path length of 14 miles.


  25. Location:  Natchitoches/Natchez/Wheeling, LA
    Rating:  EF2
    Time:  12:56 AM through 1:14 AM
    Maximum Width:  0.5 miles
    Injuries:  0
    Fatalities:  0

    Details:  The NWS conducted a storm survey in Natchitoches and Winn Parishes and found evidence of a strong downburst with high end EF1 winds and an EF2 tornado. Maximum winds are estimated at 110-120 mph in the tornado and 100-110 mph in the downburst. The tornado path length was 26 miles.
     
    The tornado first touched down north of Flora along Highway 120 and headed northeast snapping and uprooting trees. The tornado crossed and eventually paralleled Highway 478 just south of Natchitoches snapping trees and power lines and knocking a tree into a brick home. The tornado knocked down power lines onto Highway 1 and ripped up trees eastward along Lateral Road where one mobile home was moderately damaged by falling trees. The tornado weakened slightly as it crossed the Cane River and knocked over a few trees. The track continues eastward across the Red River into Winn Parish near the intersection of Highway 71 and 477. It continued on a more east track along Harrisonburg Road snapping and uprooting trees. The heaviest damage occurred near the community of Wheeling where the tornado grew to nearly a half mile wide and nearly snapped all the trees in its path. Several homes were severely damaged along Harrisonburg Road including a trailer which was flipped and destroyed. The tornado continued east crossing Highway 34 snapping trees and power lines. The tornado knocked trees onto Highway 471 before lifting to the east.

    Evidence of a significant downburst occurred near Natchez in the community of Bermuda and Point Place. The width of the downburst is approximately 2 miles across from near point place to Bermuda with dozens of homes damaged and numerous trees snapped and uprooted. The worst of the damage was concentrated along Riverview Drive where moderate roof damage occurred to several homes, including large trees into homes. Many homes sustained shingle damage; however, a few had portions of their roofs peeled. The winds from this downburst continued east and affected the community of Montgomery in Grant Parish knocking over trees and damaging a few homes.


  26. Location:  Tullos, LA
    Rating:  EF0
    Time:  1:36 AM through 1:45 AM
    Maximum Width:  100 yards
    Injuries:  0
    Fatalities:  0

    Details:  The NWS conducted a storm survey in La Salle Parish and concluded that damage was the result of an EF0 tornado. The tornado first touched down on the southwest wide of Tullos where an old building was destroyed when a wall collapsed and the roof caved in. Several trees were snapped off on both sides of Highway 165. The tornado continued east across Highway 84 east of Tullos snapping a few trees. Trees were snapped sporadically along the track which ended near Highway 127 between Summerville and Olla. Maximum winds are estimated at 70-75 mph, with a path length of 9 miles.

 

 

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