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March 28-29 Heavy Rainfall and Tornadoes

A slow moving cold front triggered multiple rounds of thunderstorms across Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana on March 28th and 29th, 2018. These thunderstorms trained over the same location resulting in rainfall totals of 5 to 10 inches that produced flooding, particularly in Beauregard Parish. During the early morning hours of the 29th, the line of thunderstorms began to accelerate eastward as they became more organized and produced four tornadoes in Calcasieu and Allen Parishes.


Big Woods Tornado

Big Woods Tornado Survey
Tree damage was noted along Garrie Cutoff Road and Big Woods Road. A shed was also damaged.

Gillis Tornado

Gillis Tornado Survey
The tornado began in the forest south of Bushnell Road where it took down wood high tension transmission line poles. The path continued east crossing the intersection of Bushnell Road and Hickory Branch Road damaging a barn and downing trees. The tornado crossed Highway 171 were only small branches were broken. The tornado crossed Bill Rosteet, Mattie Reeves, and Kingery Roads before dissipating in the forest. House damage along Mattie Reeves was from falling trees.

Moss Bluff Tornado

Moss Bluff Tornado Survey
Many power lines and trees were downed and several homes were damaged by falling trees. The tornado began just west of Verna Lane and crossed You Winn Road. The tornado peaked north of You Winn Road near John Belle and Georgia Roads. The path continued east across Goos Road damaging a cinder block shed and then into Frontier Trail, Willow Drive, and Pin Oak Drive before dissipating. Several homes also had minor roof damage along the path from wind. Fencing was also noted down.

Kinder-Coushatta Tornado

KinderCoushattaTornado Tornado Survey
A tornado touched down near Green Oak Road north of Hilton Bertrand Road and moved just south of east to Hickory Flat Road. A few campers and small mobile homes were damaged with one being flipped on Panther Drive. Several homes along Hickory Flat Road were damaged by fallen trees. Some had minor roof damage from wind with a shed and carport destroyed. On Chinqua Pin one home had roof damage and America's Best Western Inn had roughly a quarter of the tin roof removed. Damage continued east of Highway 165 with tree damage and minor damage to a few mobile homes along Botley Cemetery Road. Tree damage also occurred along Elam Langley and Lauderdale Woodyard before dissipating.
 March 28 29 Rainfall
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