EF4 Tornado Event of November 29th, 2010 in Central Louisiana

A damage survey was conducted on November 30, 2010 over portions of north Louisiana for storms that occurred on Monday November 29, 2010. Two tornado tracks were found and are summarized below.

Tornado #1

Location: near Atlanta, Louisiana
Beginning point: 4 miles west of Atlanta, LA at 312 PM
Ending point: 2 miles north northwest of Winnfield, LA at 325 PM
Rating: EF4 with max estimated winds of 170 mph
Path length: 14 miles
Maximum width: 400 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0

Summary of damage: numerous trees were snapped near the intersection of Collier and Water Well Roads. The tornado then crossed Gum Springs Road, where it completely destroyed one well-built two story brick home and an adjacent brick garage. The home was approximately 4,000 square feet in size, and its destruction was the basis of the EF4 rating. Many of the nearby trees were snapped, with several near the home snapped off at the base. One mobile home was also destroyed, with its remnants blown into a wooded area about 300 yards away. Another nearby home was moderately damaged, while two other homes suffered only minor damage. The tornado then crossed into an open field before entering a heavily wooded area. The tornado traveled northeast across Highways 84 and 167, where sporadic minor tree damage was observed just northwest of Winnfield.

Some of these same homes sustained damage from an EF1 tornado that moved through this area in 2008.

It should also be noted that the last F4 or EF4 rated tornado that occurred in the Four-State Region occurred in Benton, Louisiana in 1999.

Tornado #2

Location: near Bosco, Louisiana
Beginning point: 13 miles south southwest of Richwood, LA at 418 PM
Ending point: 11 miles south southwest of Richwood, LA at 426 PM
Rating: EF1 with max estimated winds of 90 mph
Path length: 3.5 miles
Maximum width: 100 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0

Summary of damage: the tornado touched down in an inaccessible wooded area west of the Ouachita River. The tornado traveled east into an open field off of hooter road west, where it entered a wooded area. Numerous trees and branches were snapped. A metal awning on a home on Hooter Road East was torn off and deposited in a large open field between the home and a levee along the Ouachita River. Some shingles were also ripped off of the home. Tree tops along the levee were also snapped as the tornado traveled northeast and lifted along Highway 165 in the Bosco community.

EF4 Tornado Event of November 29th, 2010 in Central Louisiana
Radar Image from the Fort Polk Radar approximately 2 minutes prior to the tornado crossing Gum Springs Road

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EF4 Tornado Event of November 29th, 2010 in Central Louisiana
Before picture of the brick home destroyed

EF4 Tornado Event of November 29th, 2010 in Central Louisiana
After picture of the brick home

EF4 Tornado Event of November 29th, 2010 in Central Louisiana
Trees in front of the home snapped off a few feet off the ground. A few trees to the left of this picture were snapped off at ground level.

EF4 Tornado Event of November 29th, 2010 in Central Louisiana
2x4 board through a tractor tire which was sitting in a brick garage.

EF4 Tornado Event of November 29th, 2010 in Central Louisiana
Looking Southwest back toward where the house was. Note the marks in the grass where the tornado tracked.

EF4 Tornado Event of November 29th, 2010 in Central Louisiana
More trees along Gum Springs Road were snapped off

EF4 Tornado Event of November 29th, 2010 in Central Louisiana
NWS surveying the damage.

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