The Tornado Outbreak of April 9th, 2009

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Thursday, April 9th 2009, marked the largest tornado outbreak in the four state region since the Easter Sunday outbreak of 2000. Despite the large number of tornadoes, which destroyed or severely damaged several homes across the region, we can be thankful that no deaths were reported across the Shreveport NWS forecast region, and that only a few people were injured.

Survey teams from the NWS in Shreveport fanned out across the region on the morning of Friday, April 10th to survey the damage across the region. Survey teams found tracks of 12 seperate tornadoes,all located mainly along and north of Interstate 20.


The following is a list of details compiled about each tornado track.


Tornado 1:
Time of event -- 7:52 pm through 7:59 pm CDT 04/09/2009
Beginning point -- 6 miles north of Hughes Springs Texas
Ending point -- 7 miles northeast of Hughes Springs Texas
Rating -- EF1 with maximum winds 90 mph
Path length -- 2.7 miles
Maximum width -- 150 yards
Fatalities -- 0
Injuries -- 0

This storm developed about 100 yards inside the Morris County line, very near the Cass County line, about 5 miles northwest of Hughes Springs. This tornado first touched down just west of County Line Road near FM 130 in eastern Morris County at around 7:52 pm, continuing east across CR 2865, before lifting near FM 250 north of FM 130 around 7:59 pm. Numerous trees were uprooted and snapped, with power lines downed as well. This tornado was rated an EF1, with winds of around 90 mph. the path length was 2.6 miles, with a path width of 150 yards.


Tornado 2:
Time of event -- 8:01 pm through 8:47 pm CDT 04/09/2009
Beginning point -- 6 miles east-northeast of Eagletown Oklahoma
Ending point -- on ground as it passed into soutwest Pike County AR
Rating -- EF3 with maximum winds 140 mph
Path length -- 35 miles
Maximum width -- 0.5 mile
Fatalities -- 0
Injuries -- 7...just north of Dierks Arkansas

This tornado initially touched down in McCurtain County, Oklahoma, on the west side of West Line Road, rolling a mobile home and demolishing an outbuilding. Several chicken houses were destroyed and several oak trees and power lines were downed as the tornado moved northeastward into Sevier County. At least 10 to 12 mobile homes were destroyed as the tornado moved across a mobile home community along US-71 in the northern part of DeQueen. Seven injuries were reported within this area. A security camera, located at the Sevier County jail, recorded footage of the tornado when it was located just west of the mobile home community.

Dierks Lake received significant damage near the Sevier/Howard County line. The Army Corps of Engineers office had significant roof damage to their office building, with roofing material found in trees adjacent to the building. The tornado was strongest in Howard County, where the entire second story of a reinforced concrete building was decimated and strewn across the road. This is consistent with EF3 tornado damage, with wind speeds of 140 mph. The tornado weakened and subsequently lifted approximately 3 miles north of Dierks, near the intersection of SR-4 and 31010 Road.


Tornado 3:
Time of event -- 8:05 pm through 8:31 pm CDT 04/09/2009
Beginning point -- 8 miles west-northwest of Linden Texas
Ending point -- 2 miles north of Bivins texas
Rating -- EF2 with maximum winds 125 mph
Path length -- 8 miles
Maximum width -- 190 yards
Fatalities -- 0
Injuries -- 0

This storm developed about 5 miles northwest of Linden in central Cass County near CR 1459 around 8:05 pm. Numerous trees were downed, with a tree crushing a truck, and another tree falling through the roof of a house. This tornado intensified along CR 1399, where a two-story home was nearly destroyed. The storm continued east across Highway 8 about 2 miles north of Linden, where the roof of a two story house was torn off, and a portable building behind the home was blown nearly 400 yards east across Highway 8 into some nearby woods. The tornado lifted around 8:31 pm near the intersection of CR 2328 and Highway 43 about a mile and a half north of Bivins. This tornado was rated an EF2, with winds around 125 mph. The path length was 8 miles, with a path width of 190 yards.


Tornado 4 - Anticyclonic tornado:
Time of event -- 8:34 pm through 8:37 pm CDT 04/09/2009
Beginning point -- 8 miles northwest of Nashville Arkansas
Ending point -- 1.2 miles north of Centerpoint Arkansas
Rating -- EF2 with maximum winds 125 mph
Path length -- 2.5 miles
Maximum width -- 0.5 mile
Fatalities -- 0
Injuries -- 1

This tornado initially touched down near an open field, approximately 1.5 mile south of Centerpoint, along Coonridge Road. Travelling slightly east of due north, the tornado snapped and uprooted numerous pine and oak trees. The most significant damage occurred at a single-family residence 0.75 mile north of the touchdown, where the house suffered a considerable amount of damage. The garage, roof, and many supporting walls were removed from the foundation. All windows not completely blown out by the storm were still shattered. A barn adjacent to the house had a considerable loss of roofing material but, although shifted off its foundation, remained largely intact. Trees and powerlines were snapped or uprooted as the storm moved through the community of Centerpoint before lifting along Billings Road, about 0.25 mile east of SR-4.


Tornado 5:
Time of event -- 8:41 pm through 8:47 pm CDT 04/09/2009
Beginning point -- 5 miles south-southeast of Atlanta Texas
Ending point -- 2 miles west of Ravana Arkansas
Rating -- EF0 with maximum winds 75 mph
Path length -- 2.4 miles
Maximum width -- 75 yards
Fatalities -- 0
Injuries -- 0

This storm developed along CR 4670, about 5 miles northeast of Bivins, at around 8:41 pm. Numerous trees were snapped or blown down as the storm continued east to Highway 77, about a mile from the Texas/Arkansas/Louisiana state line, before lifting around 8:47 pm. This tornado was rated an EF0, with winds around 75 mph. The path length was 2.4 miles, with a path width of 75 yards.


Tornado 6:
Time of event -- 8:51 pm through 9:07 pm CDT 04/09/2009
Beginning point -- 5 miles north-northwest of Rodessa Louisiana
Ending point -- 2.5 miles north-northeast of Kiblah Arkansas
Rating -- EF3 with maximum winds 135 mph
Path length -- 10 miles
Maximum width -- 0.5 mile
Fatalities -- 0
Injuries -- 0

This tornado initially touched down in southwestern Miller County, Arkansas along CR 80...snapping several pine trees about 2 miles south of Ravana. The tornado then moved toward the intersection of CR 31 and CR 32. Here, at its widest and strongest, the tornado uprooted and snapped numerous pine and oak trees, some 2 to 3 feet in diameter. The storm completely destroyed an outbuilding and mobile home, placing roofing material in a tree approximately a half mile away. Mostly EF1 damage was noted elsewhere as the tornado continued moving east-northeast across southern Miller County. Numerous pine and oak trees were either snapped or uprooted, with pieces of roofing material ripped from well-constructed homes. The tornado passed near the intersection of US-71 and AR-549, near the community of Doddridge, before lifting approximately 2.5 miles north-northeast of Kiblah AR.


Tornado 7:
Time of event -- 9:13 pm through 9:23 pm CDT 04/09/2009
Beginning point -- 7 miles northwest of Hallsville Texas
Ending point -- 8 miles north of Hallsville Texas
Rating -- EF1 with maximum winds 100 mph
Path length -- 3.1 miles
Maximum width -- 200 yards
Fatalities -- 0
Injuries -- 0

This storm developed over western Harrison County, about 7 miles northwest of Hallsville. This tornado first touched down just west Of Will Smith Road at around 9:13 pm, snapping and uprooting numerous trees along the road, with a tree landing atop a mobile home. The tornado continued east, crossing FM 450 near PR 4432 (Charles John Dr.), where several homes were damaged by falling trees, with their windows blown out. A couple of travel trailers were blown off of their locks, while a 14x28ft shop was shoved 2 feet off its foundation. The tornado lifted at approximately 9:23 pm, about 250 yards east of FM 450. This tornado was rated an EF1, with winds of around 100 mph. The path length was 3.1 miles, with a path width of up to 200 yards.


Tornado 8:
Time of event -- 9:48 pm through 10:45 pm CDT 04/09/2009
Beginning point -- 6 miles northwest of Waskom Texas
Ending point -- 4 miles south of Haughton Louisiana
Rating -- EF2 with maximum winds 120 mph
Path length -- 38.5 miles
Maximum width -- 500 yards
Fatalities -- 0
Injuries -- 2

This storm developed over eastern Harrison County about 6 miles northwest of Waskom. This tornado first touched down about one half mile west of FM 134 at around 9:48 pm, continuing east across FM 9 about 3 miles north of Waskom, before entering western Caddo Parish at around 9:58 pm. Numerous trees were uprooted and snapped, especially east of FM 9, and across Highway 169. This tornado followed North Lakeshore Drive, with numerous homes damaged, some of which had their roofs partially removed. In addition, one of the homes was moved off of its foundation. Near I-220 and Blanchard Road, 12 empty railroad cars were blown off the track, with intermittent damage along Blanchard Road going into downtown Shreveport. Large tree limbs and power lines were downed, while road signs were downed as well. The tornado crossed the Red River south of the Diamond Jacks Casino, where numerous homes were damaged due to trees between Arthur Ray Teague Parkway and Barksdale Blvd. On Barksdale Blvd itself, numerous power poles were downed, with many businesses damaged, and damage to the west gate of Barksdale Air Force Base. The tornado lifted in eastern Bossier Parish along Highway 157 south of Haughton. This tornado was rated an EF2, with winds of around 120 mph, and the most extensive damage found in the Lakeview Subdivision on the north side of Cross Lake in Caddo Parish. The total path length from Harrison County Texas through Bossier Parish Louisiana was 38.5 miles. The path width fluctuated through this continuous track, varying from between 100 to 400 yards.


Tornado 9:
Time of event -- 10:02 pm through 10:04 pm CDT 04/09/2009
Beginning point -- 2.5 miles north-northeast of Bolinger Louisiana
Ending point -- 3 miles north-northeast of Bolinger Louisiana
Rating -- EF0 with maximum winds of 65 mph
Path length -- 0.75 miles
Maximum width -- 75 yards
Fatalities -- 0
Injuries -- 0

Several trees were snapped or uprooted along Leila Road along a short path in northern Bossier Parish. No structural damage occurred as most of the trees were in forested areas.


Tornado 10:
Time of event -- 11:04 pm through 11:07 pm CDT 04/09/2009
Beginning point -- 1 mile east-northeast of Heflin Louisiana
Ending point -- 3 miles east of Heflin Louisiana
Rating -- EF0 with maximum winds 70 mph
Path length -- 2.25 miles
Maximum width -- 100 yards
Fatalities -- 0
Injuries -- 0

This storm developed in southern Webster Parish near Hwy 531, to the northeast of Heflin. Several trees were snapped off at the top while others were uprooted. The 2.25 mile-long track ended along Moores Cemetery Road, where other trees were snapped at the top. The path width was approximately 100 yards wide and this EF0 tornado was on the ground for about 3 minutes.


Tornado 11:
Time of event -- 11:33 pm through 11:39 pm CDT 04/09/2009
Beginning point -- 4 miles south of Simmsboro Louisiana
Ending point -- 5 miles southwest of Grambling Louisiana
Rating -- EF1 with maximum winds 90 mph
Path length -- 4.4 miles
Maximum width -- 150 yards
Fatalities -- 0
Injuries -- 0

This storm developed along State Hwy 508, south of Simmsboro Louisiana in Lincoln Parish. Several trees were snapped or uprooted across the Hwy, and some minor roof damage occurred near the intersection of Hwy 508 and Mondy road. Other trees were snapped and uprooted along Mondy road where it eventually lifted. The tornado track was 4.4 miles long and approximately 150 yards wide at its widest point. This EF1 tornado was on the ground for approximately 6 minutes.


Tornado 12:
Time of event -- 12:05 am through 12:19 am CDT 04/10/2009
Beginning point -- 5 miles northwest of Eros Louisiana
Ending point -- 8 miles southwest of west Monroe Louisiana
Rating -- EF2 with maximum winds 115 mph
Path length -- 11.7 miles
Maximum width -- 300 yards
Fatalities -- 0
Injuries -- 0

This storm developed in a wooded area along and east of Olive Grove Road in Jackson Parish where several small pine trees were snapped. Further east along Hwy 144 north of Eros, numerous large trees were snapped and a nearby home sustained roof damage. A barn in a field nearby also sustained significant roof damage. The tornado tracked east into Ouachita Parish, snapping and uprooting trees as well as causing minor roof damage to nearby homes along Guyton Loop Road. The tornado crossed Hwy 34, and moved onto Old Jonesboro Road where numerous trees were snapped and uprooted. One tree was physically moved 30 feet with the root ball intact, leaving a large hole in its original location. One mobile home was moved off of its foundation and several sheds and outbuildings were completely destroyed. Roof damage occurred to several homes along the street as well. The worst damage occurred to a home along Antioch Church Road, where the entire roof was peeled off and destroyed, leaving only the walls. This 300 yard-wide EF2 tornado tracked 11.7 miles before lifting east of Simmie Woods Road. This tornado was on the ground for approximately 15 minutes.

The Tornado Outbreak of April 9th, 2009
Radar imagery of the tornado outbreak.

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