City: Claiborne / Louisiana United States
Time: 11:16 +/- 1 min
Land use: Land
An embedded supercell developed within a squall line and produced a tornado in North Central Ouachita Parish shortly after 11am CDT. The tornado initially uprooted and snapped large trees as it moved along a path ENE towards the city of West Monroe. Roof damage was observed to many homes and businesses in West Monroe. The tornado crossed Interstate 20 near Thomas Road where many business signs and electricity poles were damaged or blown down. Considerable EF-2 damage was observed to a 100-foot tall television transmistion tower near Parkwood Drive. The tornado continued ENE into the heart of West Monroe where numerous homes and vehicles were damaged. 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 crossed the Ouachita River just north of the Louisville Avenue Bridge and moved into the Garden District of the city of Monroe. 15 power poles were snapped and heavy damage was done to the second floor of an apartment complex along Riverside Drive. Numerous trees were snaped and uprooted in an area boundy by Louisville Avenue to the north and Forsythe Avenue to the south. This area received some of the strongest winds as evidenced by the density of severe damage to homes. The tornado continued east and eventually lifted near the intersection of Lamy Lane and Armand Street. Significant to sporadic straight-line wind damage due to the rear-flank downdraft of the thunderstorm was noted along a wide swath along the east side of the path.
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