NWS: EF-2 tornado hit San Augustine, 8 total tornadoes recorded



The National Weather Service said at least 8 tornadoes touchdown on Wednesday from Texas to Louisianna. 

Six of those eight tornadoes came from the same supercell. 

The eighth confirmed tornado that was reported in La Salle Parish that affected Searcy and Summerville is expected to be surveyed on Friday.


A survey team from the National Weather Service office in Shreveport has given a rating to the San Augustine tornado from Wednesday night. It has been rated an EF-2 tornado with peak winds at 130 miles per hour.

According to the NWS, with this type of tornado rating, the damage is classified as considerable; including roofs torn off homes, shifting of a home’s foundation, mobile homes completely destroyed, and cars potentially tossed.

This storm traveled a lengthy path into Louisiana, where two fatalites have been reported in Ruston. The rating from the Ruston part of this storm is at least an EF-3 tornado, producing maximum winds at 145 miles per hour.

Here is a look at the tornado scale and the type of damage that can occur.

When NWS survey teams assess damage related to a potential tornado, there are many factors that they look for. See Chief Meteorologist Marcus Bagwell’s story about storm ratings from the Alto tornadoes.

More information regarding the tornado path length and width will be made public when the NWS finishes its report.

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