The November 8, 2011 Tornado Outbreak


Tuesday November 8, 2011, marked a significant fall severe weather outbreak across the four state region. 8 Tornadoes and 1 downburst/straight line wind event were documented across the area, the strongest of which being an EF2 tornado in DeSoto Parish Louisiana.

Survey teams from the NWS in Shreveport surveyed the damage from the storms over several days and found the information below.


The November 8, 2011 Tornado Outbreak
Radar image taken from 5:00 PM showing supercells North of Logansport LA. This image is approximately when the tornado was crossing Funston road and was at its maximum intensity of low end EF2. The right half of the image is of the Doppler Radar Storm Relative Velocity which shows the circulation in the supercell over Funston Road.

The November 8, 2011 Tornado Outbreak
Map of Louisiana Tracks

Tornado 1:
5 miles northeast of logansport louisiana
Rating: EF2
Date: November 8, 2011
Time:4:53 PM CST through 5:13 PM CST
Maximum width: 200 yards
Maximum winds: 110-115 mph
Length: 10 miles
Injuries: 0
Deaths: 0

Details:

The tornado touched down northeast of logansport east of state route 5 near funston road moving northeast. The heaviest damage occurred along funston road where numerous trees were snapped off 10 to 15 feet off the ground and a home was heavily damaged by both the wind and falling trees. Several vehicles were also totaled by falling trees. The tornado was also at its widest point along Funston road at 200 yards. To the south of funston road...Several trees were uprooted and a mobile home was damaged due to strong inflow winds into the tornado. The tornado crossed Jones Road and Wood Springs Road snapping and uprooting trees. The tornado continued northeast crossing State Rute 3015 snapping trees onto a home...A truck...And several outbuildings. The tornado began to weaken as it headed northeast crossing Screamville Road and eventually HWY 171 north of Grand Cane. The tornado lifted just east of HWY 171.

Tornado 2:
3 miles west southwest of Elm Grove Louisiana
Rating: EF0
Date: November 8, 2011
Time: 5:50 PM CST through 5:55 PM CST
Maximum width: 75 yards
Maximum winds: 70-75 mph
Length: 2.0 miles
Injuries: 0
Deaths: 0

Details:

A few trees were snapped on the west side of the red river along Hwy 1 north of the Ellerbe Road intersection toward the levee as the tornado which had been on the ground north of Grand Cane regenerated and briefly touched down again. A spotter also filmed and photographed this tornado as it crossed the Red River and approached the community of Elm Grove. Damage was minimal and limited to trees. The tornado lifted as it approached HWY 71.

Tornado 3:
5 miles south of Sibley Louisiana
Rating: ef0
Date: November 8, 2011
Time: 6:20 PM CST through 6:31 PM CST
Maximum width: 75 yards
Maximum winds: 75-80 mph
Length: 5.5 miles
Injuries: 0
Deaths: 0

Details:

This tornado was part of the same supercell thunderstorm which spawned the tornadoes near Longstreet Louisiana and Elm Grove Louisiana and was one of two tornadoes within a close proximity. The tornado first touched down along HWY 7 heading northeast where several trees were snapped. The tornado crossed Mason Fells Road And HWY 531 where several trees were snapped. The tornado continued northeast ending near Coussons Road where numerous trees Were snapped across the road.

Tornado 4:
3 miles southeast of Sibley Louisiana
Rating: ef0
Date: November 8, 2011
Time: 6:29 PM CST through 6:33 PM CST
Maximum width: 75 yards
Maximum winds: 65-70 mph
Length: 2.5 miles
Injuries: 0
Deaths: 0

Details:

This tornado was part of the same supercell thunderstorm which spawned the tornadoes near Longstreet Louisiana and Elm Grove Louisiana and was the northern most tornado as part of a pair of tornadoes on the ground at the same time within the same supercell. This tornado touched down just west of the intersection Of Coussons Road and HWY 531 and moved northeast snapping and uprooted several trees. The tornado crossed Magnolia Road and eventually lifted along Harveys Barber Shop Road where several large tree limbs were broken a several small trees were downed.

Tornado 5:
8 miles East of Florien Louisiana
Rating: ef1
Date: November 8, 2011
Time: 8:26 PM CST through 8:39 PM CST
Maximum width: 200 yards
Maximum winds: 95-105 mph
Length: 7.2 miles
Injuries: 0
Deaths: 0

Details:

The tornado touched down at around 8:26 PM, approximately 8 miles East of Florien along State Highway 118, where it knocked down several small trees and snapped limbs. The tornado crossed through the Kisatchie National Forest snapping numerous trees and knocking down powerlines in a swath approximately 200 yards wide. Kisatchie Forest Rangers estimate that nearly 30-40 acres of timber was damaged or destroyed. The tornado lifted just west of hwy 117 prior to reaching the ranger station along hwy 117.

The November 8, 2011 Tornado Outbreak
Damage from Tornado #1 near Longstreet to a house on Funston Road

The November 8, 2011 Tornado Outbreak
Damage to a heavily wooded area along Funston Road near Longstreet Louisiana.

The November 8, 2011 Tornado Outbreak
Numerous trees were snapped along State Route 3015 including this tree on a pickup truck. The house nearby was heavily damaged from falling trees. Coincidently, this house sustained damage from the tornado which crossed through this region on April 26, 2011.

The November 8, 2011 Tornado Outbreak
Snapshot of the tornado which crossed the Red River near Elm Grove LA. Photo courtesy Storm Spotter.

The November 8, 2011 Tornado Outbreak
Map of East Texas Tracks/Downburst and Southeast Oklahoma


Tornado 6:
5 miles southwest of Mount Enterprise Texas
Rating: EF1
Date: November 8, 2011
Time: 2:02 PM CST through 2:26 PM CST
Maximum width: 150 yards
Maximum winds: 90 mph
Length: 12 miles
Injuries: 0
Deaths: 0

Details:

A tornado touched down 5 miles southwest of Mount Enterprise in Nacogdoches County...Just east of Happy Valley along HWY 817. It continued on an east-northeast path causing sporadic tree damage along FM 950 and FM 3272 before lifting just west of Highway 259. The tornado touched down for a second time east- Southeast of Mount Enterprise along FM 3198 near FM 3191...causing severe tree damage in a wide swath that continued east-northeast to an area near the intersection of HWY 84 and FM 3191...before lifting a few minutes later.

Tornado 7:
3 miles west of Mount Enterprise Texas
Rating: EF0
Date: November 8, 2011
Time: 3:34 PM CST through 3:43 PM CST
Maximum width: 70 yards
Maximum winds: 80 mph
Length: 6 miles
Injuries: 0
Deaths: 0

Details:

A tornado touched down 3 miles west of Mount Enterprise just north of HWY 84 near the intersection of FM 3206 and FM 3155...and continued on to the northeast...knocking down trees...ripping off large limbs of trees...and tearing the tops off of other trees...all along the path. It finally lifted 4 miles to the northeast of Mount Enterprise...just to the west of the intersection of FM 95 and HWY 315.

Downburst
5 miles Southeast of Winnsboro Texas
Rating: Downburst with winds near 85 mph
Date: November 8, 2011
Time: 2:15 PM CST


Details:
A downburst occurred with a thunderstorm which moved across central Wood County. The heaviest damage occurred to chicken houses along FM 2869 and CR 4549. Several trees sustained damage in the area as well. Winds are estimated to have been approximatly 85 mph from this storm at this location.


Tornado 8:
4 miles southwest of Valliant Oklahoma
Rating: EF1
Date: november 8, 2011
Time: 1:45 PM CST through 2:02 PM CST
Maximum width: 50 yards
Maximum winds: 90 mph
Length: 6.2 miles
Injuries: 0
Deaths: 0

Details:

The tornado touched down along CR N4440 where it snapped several trees. It continued northeast across rural areas lifting a small outbuilding off of its base on CR D4447 and snapping additional trees and powerlines along N4460 and HWY 298. Two empty boxcars were blown over off of the railroad tracks just before the tornado crossed US HWY 70 on the southeast portions of the city of Valliant. The tornado continued to snap trees and limbs as it moved through forested land before lifting just southeast of the intersection of N4480 and N4490.

The November 8, 2011 Tornado Outbreak
Snapshot of the EF1 tornado which moved through the town of Valliant OK in McCurtain County.

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