Bossier City Tornado of February 24, 2007

The National Weather Service in Shreveport conducted a damage survey for Bossier Parish on Saturday, February 24th. The damage that occurred in Bossier City, Louisiana was the result of a very strong supercell thunderstorm that moved through the city during the morning hours.

The number of damaged structures was between 40 and 60 homes. The extent of damage ranged from a few shingles blow off some homes to substantial roof loss on other homes. Most of the homes that sustained damage had only roof shingles blown off.

The damage path was located on the north side of Bossier City, north of Interstate 220, in the Hickory Ridge and Carriage Oaks subdivisions. The damage path was approximately one mile in length and 250 yards wide. The damage path ran parallel to Hickory Ridge Rd. and Lake Side Rd., beginning near Coach Rd. and ending near Coy Rd., in Bossier City.

The damage was consistent with that of a weak tornado on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. The rating for this tornado was an EF1, or a wind speed range of 90 to 100 miles per hour. No injuries or fatalities were reported.

The Enhanced Fujita Scale is a new scale used to rate tornado intensity and was incorporated by the National Weather Service on February 1, 2007.

Bossier City Tornado of February 24, 2007
Radar imagery of the tornadic thunderstorm as it passed through Bossier City. Imagery on the left is of storm reflectivity, with deep red indicating the more intense activity. Imagery on the right is of storm relative motion, which indicates rotation where the reds and greens meet.

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A map of the path of the storm and locations where damage was found.

Bossier City Tornado of February 24, 2007
A wooden board was blown into the roof of a home during the storm.

Bossier City Tornado of February 24, 2007
A home was severely damaged in the Bossier City area during the storm.

Bossier City Tornado of February 24, 2007
The roof of a home in the Bossier City area was severely damaged during the storm.

Bossier City Tornado of February 24, 2007
Great damage was caused to this home in the Bossier City area during a tornado on February 24, 2007.

Bossier City Tornado of February 24, 2007
A car was crushed when the garage of a home in the Bossier City area collapsed during this tornado.

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