The strong EF-2 tornado that killed two people Saturday as it skipped across North Louisiana ran for a distance of more than 40 miles.
National Weather Service specialists in Shreveport released their preliminary damage survey of the storm on Saturday night.
The storm has estimated peak winds of 135 mph, which is the top of the scale for an EF-2 tornado on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. It ran for 40.63 miles and was 300 yards wide at its broadest point. In addition to the two deaths near Haughton, one person was hurt.
The tornado began at 1:24 a.m. about 6 miles southeast of Bossier City. It ended at 2:05 a.m. about 5 miles north of Arcadia in Claiborne Parish.
The initial touchdown point was just south of Barksdale Air Force Base off Sligo Road. It snapped and uprooted hundreds of softwood and hardwood trees and damaged several carports and outbuildings.
The tornado crossed the far southeast corner of the air base and strengthened south of Haughton to produce its most significant damage. It destroyed a single-wide manufactured home and a double-wide manufactured home off Davis Road. Two fatalities occurred in the double wide with an injury in the single wide.
The storm continued to produce roof damage and uproot and snap trees which fell into homes in southeastern Bossier Parish. The damage was most concentrated along James Lane.
After the tornado crossed into Webster Parish, it downed hundreds of trees near Doyline and Sibley before it damaged a metal barn structure, the roof of a home, and destroyed a shed on Wallraven Road north of Dubberly.
Just before the storm crossed Interstate 20 between exits 49 and 52, it developed a much wider swath of straight line winds with its rear-flank downdraft just south of the tornado damage.
After crossing Interstate 20 southeast of Minden, the tornado then rolled a single-wide trailer and damaged roofs on two structures before it moved into Claiborne Parish.
The tornado touched down intermittently throughout much of southern Claiborne Parish, passing south of Athens. It produced partial roof damage on approximately a half dozen chicken houses, and shingle and partial roof damage to several other structures. Along the path, trees fell on homes, producing damage that could not be rated since it occurred from the impact of the trees and not the direct impacts of the wind.
In addition, widespread straight-line winds estimated at 90-100 mph along the path of the tornado led to extensive tree damage.
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