La Salle Parish Tornado of December 9, 2008
A powerful storm system moved across northern Louisiana on Tuesday, 9 December 2008, triggering
a tornado which moved across portions of La Salle Parish during the early afternoon. A storm
survey was conducted by the National Weather Service in Shreveport the following day to
document the damage caused by this storm.
A funnel cloud was first observed just west of Pineview by staff members from the local hospital.
Shortly afterward, the tornado touched down near Industrial Rd. and snapped or uprooted several
trees, causing EF0 damage. The storm path at this location was 75 yards wide.
The tornado then traveled northeast to Hwy 127 where it caused EF2 damage. Several modular
homes were completely destroyed. One man received minor injuries as he was temporarily trapped
in his home after the storm struck. Two brick homes in the immediate area suffered severe roof
damage. Several 2 to 3 foot-thick trees were snapped or uprooted and carried up to 50 yards.
The path of the storm at this location was about 300 yards wide.
The tornado then proceeded to Wilburn Rd. and caused EF1 damage. Several 12 to 18 inch-diameter
trees were snapped in this heavily wooded area. One 2 to 3 foot-diameter trees was uprooted.
The path of the storm at this location was 100 yards wide.
The storm continued northeast, crossing Industrial Rd. 8, where it caused EF0 damage. A few 8
to 12 inch-diameter trees were snapped. The path was 50 yards wide at this location.
In northern La Salle Parish, the storm crossed Boneyard Rd just south of Hwy 124, causing EF0
damage. A few 8 to 12 inch-diameter trees were snapped. The top of one tree landed on power-
lines along the road. The path of the storm was 50 yards wide at this location.
The storm then lifted as it proceeded northeast into Caldwell Parish. No additional damage
Special thanks go to the La Salle Parish Director of Homeland Security and to the staff at
RMS LLC for their assistance in this storm survey.
Radar imagery of the tornadic thunderstorm as it passed from southwest to northeast through
La Salle Parish. Imagery on the left is of storm reflectivity, with reds and pinks showing
the more intense activity. Imagery on the right is of storm relative motion, which indicates
rotation where the reds and greens meet.
Download the data for this map as a KML file.
Download Google Earth here.A map of the path of the storm and locations where damage was found.
Several homes were completely destroyed by an EF2 tornado.
What used to be a home and a tree line behind has been has been completely wiped away by an
Roofing from this brick home was blown into nearby woods and two large trees were uprooted.
Several trees were snapped or uprooted on Wilburn Rd.
The top of a snapped tree takes down powerlines on Boneyard Rd. in northern La Salle Parish.