Severe Weather Event of April 4, 2011,
Across the Four State Region

Damaging severe thunderstorms moved across the region during the morning and early afternoon hours of April 4, 2011.  Multiple tornadoes occurred in Southern Arkansas and East Central Louisiana.  Many other areas suffered damage from straight-line winds and downbursts.  Storm surveys were conducted to evaluate the damage that occurred. Below is a report from the findings of the survey.  Click here to see a Google Map of confirmed tornado tracks.  More information may be added to this page in the coming days as it becomes available.

 

THE FOLLOWING IS A CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER OF EVENTS AS THEY
OCCURRED ON MONDAY APRIL 4TH ACCORDING TO NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE STORM SURVEY TEAMS.

AT 8 AM...A DOWNBURST OCCURRED ON THE SOUTHWEST SIDE OF ASHDOWN
WHICH RESULTED IN NUMEROUS TREES AND POWERLINES TO BE SNAPPED IN
THE TOWN OF ASHDOWN. AS MANY AS 50 COUNTY AND CITY ROADS WERE
CLOSED IN LITTLE RIVER COUNTY FROM THE DAMAGING WINDS WHICH
STARTED APPROXIMATELY 8AM WEST OF ASHDOWN. IN THE TOWN OF ASHDOWN
TREES WERE NOTED TO POINT NE AND N AWAY FROM THE DOWNBURST REGION
VERY INDICATIVE OF A STRONG STRAIGHT LINE WIND. DAMAGE INCLUDED
NUMEROUS HOMES AND BUSINESSES AS WELL AS A SCHOOL. VERY LITTLE
STRUCTURAL DAMAGE OCCURRED FROM THE WIND ALONE. MOST OF THE DAMAGE
WAS THE RESULT OF FALLING TREES. MAXIMUM WINDS ARE ESTIMATED AT
95-105 MPH.

AT 810 AM...ON THE SOUTHEAST SIDE OF ASHDOWN...DAMAGE OCCURRED
FROM AN EF1 TORNADO. THE TORNADO TOUCHED ALONG HWY 32. THE
TORNADO SNAPPED AND UPROOTED TREES ALONG CR 700 WHERE A METAL
BUILDING WITH STEEL BEAM FRAME WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED. TORNADO
EVIDENCE IS MORE CONCLUSIVE EAST OF THIS AREA WHERE TREES WERE
UPROOTED AND SNAPPED ALONG A CONVERGENT PATH. THE TORNADO
CONTINUED EAST SOUTH OF HWY 32 SNAPPING MORE TREES AND COLLAPSING
A CARPORT. THE TORNADO CROSSED CR 35 SNAPPING A FEW TREES BEFORE
LIFTING. MAXIMUM WINDS ARE ESTIMATED AT 95-105 MPH. PATH LENGTH WAS
5 MILES LONG WITH A PATH WIDTH OF 150 YARDS WIDE.

AT 838 AM...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DETERMINED THAT AN EF1
TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN HEMPSTEAD COUNTY ARKANSAS NORTH OF HOPE.
THE TORNADO FIRST TOUCHED DOWN ALONG CR 248 WHERE 9 OUT OF 10
CHICKEN HOUSES LOST THEIR ROOFS...SEVERAL TREES WERE SNAPPED...AND A
TRACTOR TRAILER WAS FLIPPED OVER. THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTH EAST
CROSSING CR 211 WHERE SEVERAL TREES WERE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED AND
METAL ROOFING WAS PEELED FROM A BARN. MAXIMUM WINDS ARE ESTIMATED
AT 85-95 MPH. PATH LENGTH WAS 3.5 MILES LONG WITH A PATH WIDTH OF
100 YARDS WIDE.

AT 840 AM...AN EF2 TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN NORTHERN HEMPSTEAD
COUNTY ARKANSAS NEAR BLEVINS. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN EAST OF
THE TOWN OF BLEVINS NEAR A CHICKEN FARM. 4 LARGE CHICKEN HOUSES
WERE COMPLETELY DESTROYED AND HUNDREDS OF CHICKENS KILLED. A SMALL
TRAILER ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE CHICKEN HOUSES USED AS AN OFFICE
FOR THE FARM WAS PICKED UP AND THROWN 20 YARDS NORTH INTO ONE OF
THE CHICKEN HOUSES. THE OCCUPANT INSIDE THE TRAILER SUSTAINED
MINOR INJURIES. ANOTHER WORKER ON THE FARM ALSO SUSTAINED MINOR
INJURIES. METAL DEBRIS WAS FOUND UP TO 3 MILES EAST FROM THE FARM.
THE TORNADO CONTINUED EAST CROSSING CR 45. NUMEROUS TREES WERE
SNAPPED ALONG A TREELINE SOUTH OF HWY 371 AS THE TORNADO
PARALLELED THE HWY. THE TORNADO LIFTED NEAR CR 17 IN NEVADA COUNTY
MAXIMUM WINDS ARE ESTIMATED AT 115-120 MPH. PATH LENGTH WAS 2 MILES
LONG WITH A PATH WIDTH OF 200 YARDS WIDE.

AT 842 AM...A DOWNBURST OCCURRED NORTHEAST OF WHERE THE TORNADO
TRACK ENDED ALONG CR 53. NUMEROUS TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED
BLOCKING THE ROAD. A SMALL PEN WAS DAMAGED EAST OF CR 53. ALL OF
THE TREES IN THIS AREA WERE POINTING OUTWARD AWAY FROM WHERE THE
DOWNBURST OCCURRED APPROXIMATELY 200 YARDS WEST OF CR 53. MAXIMUM
WINDS ARE ESTIMATED AT 95-105 MPH.

AT 850 AM...AN EF1 TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN SOUTH OF FOUKE ARKANSAS IN
MILLER COUNTY ALONG COUNTY ROAD 7 SNAPPING A FEW TREES. THE
TORNADO CONTINUED EAST CROSSING OLD HWY 71 SNAPPING MORE TREES AND
A HOME SUSTAINED MINOR DAMAGE. THE TORNADO CROSSED 549 AND
INTENSIFIED SNAPPING MORE TREES INTO A CLEAR CONVERGENT PATH WEST
OF COUNTY ROAD 9 IN A PASTURE. TREES ALSO FELL ON A HOME
PUNCTURING THE ROOF...3 PEOPLE WERE HOME AT THE TIME BUT SUSTAINED
NO INJURIES. A LARGE STORAGE BUILDING BEHIND THE HOME WAS
DESTROYED. MORE TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED NORTHEASTWARD
CROSSING CR 9. MAXIMUM WINDS ARE ESTIMATED AT 100-110 MPH. PATH
LENGTH WAS 2.75 MILES LONG WITH A PATH WIDTH OF 150 YARDS WIDE.

AT 928 AM...AN EF1 TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN SOUTH OF WALDO ARKANSAS
IN COLUMBIA COUNTY. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ALONG COUNTY ROAD
153 RIPPING OFF TIN FROM A SMALL BARN. A HOME EAST OF CR 153
SUSTAINED MINOR ROOF DAMAGE AND THE ADJACENT GARAGE SUSTAINED
MINOR ROOF DAMAGE AND SOME STRUCTURAL DAMAGE. THE TORNADO
CONTINUED EAST SOUTHEAST CROSSING CR 148 WHERE SEVERAL TREES WERE
SNAPPED AND UPROOTED. A HOME SUSTAINED MINOR ROOF DAMAGE AND A
SMALL SHED HAD HALF OF ITS ROOF TORN OFF. FURTHER EAST...SEVERAL
TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED IN A FIELD AND AN ABANDONED HOME
HAD PORTIONS OF ITS ROOF TORN OFF AND THROWN SOUTHEAST. THE
TORNADO LIFTED ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF CR 148. MAXIMUM WINDS ARE
ESTIMATED AT 85-90 MPH. PATH LENGTH WAS 1 MILE LONG WITH A PATH
WIDTH OF 75 YARDS WIDE.

AT 1012 AM...AN EF1 TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR NORPHLET IN UNION
COUNTY ARKANSAS. AN OLD GAS STATION COVER WAS BLOWN DOWN AND
SEVERAL TREES WERE SNAPPED ALONG BLACK STREET EASTWARD ACROSS
HAYES ST. SOME MINOR ROOF DAMAGE OCCURRED TO HOMES ALONG HAYES
STREET. THE TORNADO CONTINUED EASTWARD CROSSING N TATE ROAD WHERE
A CARPORT COLLAPSED ON A VEHICLE AND SEVERAL TREES WERE SNAPPED OR
UPROOTED. THE TORNADO CONTINUED ALONG THE SOUTH SIDE OF TATE ROAD
SNAPPING TREES AND PEELING SHINGLES FROM SEVERAL HOMES. THE
TORNADO LIFTED EAST OF A PASTURE WHERE SEVERAL HARDWOOD AND
SOFTWOOD TREES WERE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED. A SMALL METAL OUTBUILDING
SUFFERED STRUCTURAL DAMAGE AS WELL. MAXIMUM WINDS ARE ESTIMATED AT
90-100 MPH. PATH LENGTH WAS 1.25 MILES LONG WITH A PATH WIDTH OF
100 YARDS WIDE.

AT 242 PM...AN EF1 TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN GRANT PARISH ABOUT 3
MILES SOUTH OF GEORGETOWN LOUISIANA JUST WEST OF HIGHWAY 165.
THIS TORNADO TRACKED NORTHEAST ACROSS HIGHWAY 165 INTO THE SELMA
COMMUNITY AND UPROOTED/SNAPPED NUMEROUS TREES ALONG ITS PATH AS IT
CROSSED INTO WESTERN LASALLE PARISH WHEN IT TORE THROUGH THE
ZENORIA COMMUNITY. TREES FELL ONTO SEVERAL HOMES IN SELMA AND
ZENORIA...AS IT CONTINUED NORTHEAST ACROSS HIGHWAY 84 ABOUT 5
MILES SOUTHEAST OF TULLOS. THIS TORNADO LIFTED JUST NORTHEAST OF
HIGHWAY 84 AT 252 PM CDT. THE MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH WAS 275
YARDS...AND THE PATH LENGTH WAS 9.5 MILES. THE TORNADO WAS RATED
AN EF-1...WITH MAXIMUM ESTIMATED WINDS AROUND 95 MPH.

AT 258 PM...A SECOND TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN NORTH CENTRAL LASALLE
PARISH ABOUT 8 MILES NORTH OF JENA JUST SOUTH OF IP 13...AND WEST
OF BRASHER ROAD. NUMEROUS TREES WERE UPROOTED/SNAPPED AS IT TORE
NORTHEAST ACROSS HIGHWAY 126 INTO AN UNPOPULATED AREA OF NORTHEAST
LASALLE PARISH. IN THIS AREA...A HUNTING CAMP WAS HEAVILY DAMAGED
WHEN A MOBILE HOME WAS BLOWN DOWN A RAVINE AND DESTROYED AND A
NEARBY TRAVEL TRAILER WAS BLOWN OVER ON ITS SIDE. THE TORNADO
CONTINUED NORTHEAST INTO CATAHOULA PARISH AND INTENSIFIED. THE
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH WAS 225 YARDS...AND THE PATH LENGTH WAS 7.9
MILES. ALTHOUGH EF-1 DAMAGE WITH WINDS OF 95-105 MPH WERE
ESTIMATED WITH THIS TORNADO THROUGHOUT NORTH CENTAL AND NORTHEAST
LASALLE PARISH...THIS TORNADO WILL BE RATED AN EF-2 WITH MAXIMUM
ESTIMATED WINDS AROUND 115 MPH...WHICH WERE FOUND IN CATAHOULA
PARISH. PLEASE SEE THE PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN JACKSON MISSISSIPPI CONCERNING
DAMAGE FROM THIS TORNADO IN CATAHOULA PARISH.

 

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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.

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