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...STORM DAMAGE SURVEY IN CLAIBORNE PARISH IN NORTHERN LOUISIANA AND UNION COUNTY IN SOUTHERN ARKANSAS...

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...TORNADO IN UNION COUNTY ARKANSAS RATED AS AN F3 STORM...
THURSDAY...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PERSONNEL FROM THE SHREVEPORT WEATHER FORECAST OFFICE CONDUCTED A STORM SURVEY OF THE TORNADO THAT MOVED THROUGH UNION COUNTY ARKANSAS WEDNESDAY NIGHT. A NEARLY CONTINUOUS PATH OF DAMAGE WAS NOTED FROM WHERE THE TORNADO ENTERED THE COUNTY IN THE TOWN OF JUNCTION CITY ON THE STATE LINE WITH LOUISIANA UNTIL IT ENDED 3 MILES NORTHEAST OF THE COMMUNITY OF LAWSON IN THE EASTERN PORTION OF THE COUNTY. THE STORM LEFT A TRAIL OF THOUSANDS OF DOWNED AND BROKEN TREES ALONG WITH NUMEROUS HOMES AND OTHER STRUCTURES HEAVILY DAMAGED OR COMPLETELY DESTROYED ALONG ITS 24 MILE TRACK ACROSS THE SOUTHERN PORTION OF THE COUNTY. THE STORM ALSO RESULTED IN TWO FATALITIES AND 13 PERSONS INJURED... REQUIRING HOSPITALIZATION OR MEDICAL ATTENTION. THERE WERE SEVERAL OTHERS WITH MINOR SCRAPES...CUTS...AND BRUISES. AFTER ENTERING THE COUNTY AT JUNCTION CITY...THE STORM GAINED STRENGTH AS IT MOVED TOWARDS THE NORTHEAST...REACHING ITS GREATEST INTENSITY IN RURAL AREAS SOME 8 MILES SOUTH OF EL DORADO. AS IT MOVED THROUGH HOMES AND FARMS IN THE VICINITY OF TATUM ROAD AND RUSHWOOD ROAD...THE PATH HAD SPREAD TO A WIDTH OF HALF MILE AND REACHED AN INTENSITY OF F3...158 TO 206 MILES PER HOUR...ON THE FUJITA INTENSITY SCALE. THIS IS WHERE THE TWO FATALITIES OCCURRED ALONG WITH THE MAJORITY OF THE INJURIES.
A picture of major Damage on Tatum road near Junction City where one fatality occurred.
Major Damage on Tatum road near Junction City where one fatality occurred.
OTHER DAMAGE NOTED THROUGH THIS AREA OF GREATEST DESTRUCTION WERE
SEVERAL VEHICLES THROWN AND TOSSED AROUND...A SCHOOL BUS
OVERTURNED...AND AN AREA OF TREES THAT WERE LEVELED AS IF CLEAR CUT.

THE LAST TOWN IN THE PATH OF THE STORM WAS THE COMMUNITY OF LAWSON
WHERE A NUMBER OF HOMES WERE DAMAGED AND THE FIRE STATION HEAVILY
DAMAGED BY THE STORM.
A picture The Fire Station that was heavily damaged by the storm in Lawson, Arkansas.
The Fire Station that was heavily damaged by the storm in Lawson, Arkansas.
 
...RESULTS OF TORNADO SURVEY IN CLAIBORNE PARISH...
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PERSONNEL CONDUCTED A STORM DAMAGE SURVEY OF THE STORMS WHICH MOVED THROUGH CLAIBORNE PARISH WEDNESDAY EVENING JANUARY 12TH. THE TORNADO PATH IN CLAIBORNE PARISH WAS IN THE SOUTHWEST AND CENTRAL PARTS OF THE PARISH. THE TORNADO WAS RATED AN F2 ...113 TO 157 MPH. TWO TO THREE DOZEN HOMES WERE DAMAGED. A DOZEN INJURIES WERE REPORTED...ONE OF THE INJURIES WAS SERIOUS. THE DAMAGE PATH BEGAN IN THE SOUTHWEST PART OF THE PARISH JUST EAST OF THE LANGSTON COMMUNITY. TREES WERE BLOWN OVER AND SNAPPED OFF. THE TORNADO WAS RATED A LOW END F1 AT THIS LOCATION. THE TORNADO TRACK EXTENDED NORTHEAST ALONG HARRIS ROAD FOR ONE MILE WHERE A MOBILE HOME WAS DESTROYED. THE TORNADO WAS RATED A LOW END F2 AT THIS LOCATION. OTHER HOMES RECEIVED MINOR ROOF DAMAGE. THE TORNADO TRACKED NORTHEAST AND CAUSED MINOR TO MODERATE ROOF DAMAGE AT MORELAND RD AND SIMPSON LOOP. THIS LOCATION WAS 3 AND ONE-HALF MILES SOUTH OF HOMER. THE TORNADO WAS RATED AN F1 AT THIS LOCATION.
A picture of a mobile home destroyed south of Homer. A person in this home was seriously injured with 4 broken ribs and a punctured lung.
Mobile Home destroyed south of Homer. A person in this home was seriously injured with 4 broken ribs and a punctured lung.
THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO THE NORTHEAST ONE MILE TO POWELL ROAD WHERE 
A MOBILE HOME WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED. OTHER MINOR ROOF DAMAGE TO A 
FEW HOMES OCCURRED AND NUMEROUS TREES WERE SNAPPED OFF. THIS 
LOCATION WAS ONE AND ONE-HALF MILES SOUTH OF HOMER. THE TORNADO WAS 
RATED AN F2 AT THIS LOCATION.
THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST PAST THE LOUISIANA HILL EXPERIMENT STATION WHERE TREES WERE SNAPPED OFF AND BLOWN DOWN. SEVERAL HOMES WERE DAMAGED ON THE SOUTH SIDE AND NORTH SIDE OF LAKE CLAIBORNE. TEN TO TWENTY HOMES WERE DAMAGED IN THIS AREA. ONE HOME HAD THE ROOF BLOWN OFF JUST SOUTH OF THE AIRPORT AND 4 HOMES WERE BLOWN APART ON THE NORTH SHORE OF LAKE CLAIBORNE. NUMEROUS TREES WERE SNAPPED OFF AND BLOWN DOWN. THE TORNADO CONTINUED ALONG ROUTE 2 FOR TWO AND ONE-HALF MILES WHERE TREES WERE BLOWN DOWN AND MINOR ROOF DAMAGE OCCURRED TO 3 HOMES. THIS LOCATION WAS 5 MILES EAST OF HOMER. THE DAMAGE PATH VARIED FROM 50 TO 250 YARDS WIDE WITH THE WIDEST POINT NORTHEAST OF LANGSTON WHERE THE FIRST MOBILE HOME WAS DESTROYED ALONG HARRIS ROAD. THE OTHER WIDEST POINT OF THE DAMAGE PATH WAS ALONG THE NORTH SHORE OF LAKE CLAIBORNE. THE TORNADO TRACK WAS 15 MILES LONG.
A home that received major damage near Lake Claiborne.


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