Gregg Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Public Information Statement
Statement as of 5:30 PM CDT on October 20, 2014

...NWS damage survey for the October 13th, 2014 severe thunderstorm event has been updated for damage in northeast Texas near Gilmer...

.Tornado #1...

Rating: EF-2 estimated peak wind: 120-130 mph path length /statute/: 2.3 miles path width /maximum/: 400 yards fatalities: 1 injuries: 4

Start date: Oct 13 2014 start time: 537 am CDT start location: 9 miles west of Ashdown AR start lat/lon: 33.6617 / -94.2303

End date: Oct 13 2014 end time: 542 am CDT end location: 7 miles west of Ashdown AR end lat/lon: 33.6794 / -94.2685

.Tornado #2...

Rating: EF-0 estimated peak wind: 65-75 mph path length /statute/: 0.1 miles path width /maximum/: 50 yards fatalities: 0 injuries: 0

Start date: Oct 13 2014 start time: 543 am CDT start location: 5 miles west southwest of Wilton AR start lat/lon: 32.7279 / -94.2339

End date: Oct 13 2014 end time: 544 am CDT end location: 5 miles west southwest of Wilton AR end lat/lon: 33.7288 / -94.2327

Survey summary: a severe squall line quickly raced east into southwest Arkansas after 530 am...with an EF2 tornado touching down 9 miles west of Ashdown near the Arden community. The tornado touched down just south of Highway 32...where it snapped and uprooted numerous trees. The tornado then crossed Highway 32...where it completely destroyed a Mobile home with 5 family members inside. A 33 year old male was killed and a 34 year old female was critically injured after being thrown from the Mobile home. Three children...a 16 year old female... an 11 year old male...and a 6 year old male were injured when they were trapped in the debris. The tornado also damaged another nearby Mobile home as it quickly moved northeast...lifting as it crossed County Road 16. A second but much weaker tornado (ef0) briefly touched down about 4 miles downstream just south of County Road 108...where it snapped a number of trees and destroyed a poorly constructed barn.

.Tornado #3...

Rating: EF-1 estimated peak wind: 95-105 mph path length /statute/: 0.9 miles path width /maximum/: 200 yards fatalities: 0 injuries: 0

Start date: Oct 13 2014 start time: 900 am CDT start location: 4.5 miles south of Mansfield start lat/lon: 31.9764 / -93.6991

End date: Oct 13 2014 end time: 902 am CDT end location: 4.5 miles south southeast of Mansfield end_lat/lon: 31.9750 / -93.6838

Survey summary: a severe squall line with an embedded supercell thunderstorm moved into De Soto Parish around 800 am. This supercell produced an EF1 tornado around 900 am Monday morning. The tornado touched down after the storm crossed Highway 171 4.5 miles south of Mansfield moving east...then lifting at the intersection of la 513 and Oxford cutoff Road. Damage mainly consisted of uprooted and snapped trees.

.Tornado #4...

Rating: EF-2 estimated peak wind: 125 mph path length /statute/: 9 miles path width /maximum/: 300 yards fatalities: 0 injuries: 0

Start date: Oct 13 2014 start time: 1116 am CDT start location: 3.5 miles west of city limits of West Monroe near the 4000 block of new Natchitoches Road start lat/lon: 32.4921 / -92.2421

End date: Oct 13 2014 end time: 1127 am CDT end location: 0.5 mile west of Highway 165 in Monroe near the intersection of Lamy Lane and armand street end_lat/lon: 32.5295 / -92.0932

Survey summary: a tornado touched down in north central Ouachita Parish as an embedded supercell thunderstorm within the squall line...moved across the Parish shortly after 1100 am. The tornado initially uprooted and snapped large trees as it moved along a path east northeast toward the city of West Monroe. In the city of West Monroe...roof damage was observed to many homes and businesses. It crossed Interstate 20 near Thomas Road where many business signs and electricity poles were damaged or blown down. The tornado continued east toward Parkwood drive where considerable EF2 damage was observed to a 100-foot television transmission tower. The tornado continued east northeast into The Heart of West Monroe where numerous homes and vehicles were damaged due to uprooted and snapped trees. West Monroe High School was in the direct path of the tornado and received significant roof damage to a number of its buildings. The tornado continued east northeast crossing the Ouachita River just north of the Louisville Avenue bridge and moving into the Garden District in the city of Monroe. In this area...the tornado was determined to be at its widest at roughly 300 yards. The tornado snapped 15 power poles near the river and did heavy damage to the second floor of an apartment complex along Riverside Drive. Numerous trees were snapped and uprooted in the city of Monroe within a bound from Louisville Avenue to the south and Forsythe Avenue to the north. This area received some of the strongest winds as witnessed by the density of severe damage to homes. The tornado continued east...causing damage to businesses and homes near Oliver Road...then lifting as it moved near the intersection of Lamy Lane and armand street. Significant to sporadic wind damage was noted along a wide swath along the east side of the path where the rear flank downdraft of the thunderstorm emanated and ultimately culminated in straight-line winds.

.Tornado #5...

Rating: EF-1 estimated peak wind: 90-100 mph path length /statute/: 0.8 miles path width /maximum/: 225 yards fatalities: 0 injuries: 0

Start date: Oct 13 2014 start time: 1111 am CDT start location: 9 miles southwest of West Monroe la start lat/lon: 32.4375 / -92.2781

End date: Oct 13 2014 end time: 1113 am CDT end location: 8 miles southwest of West Monroe la end_lat/lon: 32.4420 / -92.2674

Survey summary: an EF-1 tornado touched down along Caples Road near the intersection of the western branch of Murry Circle...snapping numerous trees as it crossed eastern Murry Circle and Gardner Road. Several homes on Murry Circle and Gardner Road sustained damage from falling trees...before the tornado lifted as it moved across the southwest side of Cheniere lake.

.Tornado #6...

Rating: EF-1 estimated peak wind: 95-105 mph path length /statute/: 6 miles path width /maximum/: 275 yards fatalities: 0 injuries: 0

Start date: Oct 13 2014 start time: 0452 am CDT start location: 6.5 miles northwest of Gilmer TX start lat/lon: 32.7681 / -95.0456

End date: Oct 13 2014 end time: 0500 am CDT end location: 3.5 miles north of Gilmer TX end_lat/lon: 32.7840 / -94.9475

Survey summary: an EF-1 tornado touched down just south of FM 852 near the Bison Road and FM 852 intersection. The tornado moved east crossing FM 852 and passing along armadillo Road north of lake Gilmer and then crossing Cherokee trace...reaching Highway 271 near Antelope Road before lifting. The tornado caused damage to numerous trees by snapping and uprooting them along the path. Some homes sustained significant damage along the path due to fallen trees. Several barns had substantial damage along the path. One horse had significant injuries while a rancher lost two cows as trees fell on them.

Ef scale: the Enhanced Fujita scale classifies tornadoes into the following categories.

EF0...weak......65 to 85 mph EF1...weak......86 to 110 mph EF2...strong....111 to 135 mph EF3...strong....136 to 165 mph EF4...violent...166 to 200 mph EF5...violent...>200 mph

.Thunderstorm wind #1...

Peak wind estimated: 70-80 mph path length /statute/: 0.1 miles path width /maximum/: 50 yards fatalities: 0 injuries: 0

Start date: Oct 13 2014 start time: 425 am CDT start location: Mount Vernon TX start lat/lon: 33.1601 / -95.2333

End date: Oct 13 2014 end time: 429 am CDT end location: Mount Vernon TX end lat/lon: 33.1601 / -95.2333

Survey summary: a severe squall line moved east into northeast Texas during the early morning hours of October 13th...which resulted in estimated 70-80 mph downburst winds across the south side of Mount Vernon Texas. Damage consisted in the significant loss of a roof of a poorly constructed small business and a partial collapse of the exterior walls. A nearby bank also experienced minor roof damage.

Note: the information in this statement is preliminary and subject to change pending final review of the events and publication in NWS storm data.