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Lacombe, LA Tornado - March 22, 2022


Estimated Maximum Wind:
90 mph
Damage Path Length:
12.2 miles
Maximum Path Width:
100 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:
3.8 miles W of Lacombe, LA at 725 PM CDT
Approximate End Point/Time:
11.85 miles NNE of Lacombe, LA at 743 PM CDT


A National Weather Service Damage Assessment Team has surveyed the storm damage near Lacombe, LA. It has been determined the damage was the result of a tornado. The tornado has been rated an EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Damage estimates were consistent with winds of 90 mph.

The tornado touched down near Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge on US Highway 190. Damage was observed at homes just north of US Highway 190. Homes experienced minor roof damage in the form of missing shingles. A shed was also destroyed, and dozens of softwood trees were snapped. The tornado continued moving to the northeast with continued minor roof damage and snapped trees observed along Azalea Street and Cane Bayou Lane. A tree was completely uprooted on the corner of Lound Drive and Blackwell Drive. The tornado continued moving northeast and crossed Interstate 12 near mile marker 71 where snapped softwood pine trees were observed on both sides of the interstate. The tornado then continued to move northeast through a densely wooded area until it intersected Louisiana Highway 1088 just south of Louisiana Highway 36. Dozens of softwood pine trees were observed snapped along the highway. Based on a radar tornadic debris signature (TDS), the tornado continued another 3 miles north of Highway 36 in a densely wooded area with no road access.

Lacombe, LA tornado track of March 22, 2022
Surveyed damage track stretching from near Lacombe into Central St. Tammany Parish

KLIX radar data for Lacombe, LA tornado of 3/22/2022
KLIX WSR-88D radar data near Lacombe, LA at 718 PM CDT 3/22/2022

KLIX radar data for Lacombe, LA tornado of 3/22/2022
KLIX WSR-88D radar data near Lacombe, LA at 726 PM CDT 3/22/2022



Snapped Pine Trees

Uprooted Tree

Damaged home and Snapped Tree

Snapped Pine Trees


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