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Rain Continues in Texas; Temperature Anomalies Continue

Showers and storms capable of producing localized flooding will persist across Texas through the weekend, with a focus of heavy rainfall along the middle and southern Texas coast. Heavy rain, at times, in central Texas will exacerbate ongoing flooding. Near record low daily high temperatures continue across the East and South, while the West remain warmer than average. Read More >

Overview
A significant fall severe weather outbreak occurred across the Four State Region on Tuesday, November 8, 2011. Eight tornadoes and one downburst/straight-line wind event were documented. The strongest tornado was an EF-2 in De Soto Parish, LA.

TOTAL TORNADO COUNT = 8

EF0 = 4
EF1 = 3
EF2 = 1
 
TOR. # LOCATION RATING PEAK WIND START TIME END TIME LENGTH/
WIDTH
FATALITIES/
INJURIES
REMARKS
NOVEMBER 8, 2011
#1  4 miles SW of Valliant, McCurtain County, OK EF1 90 mph 1:45pm CST 2:01pm CST 6.2 miles/
50 yards
None The tornado touched down along CR N4440 where it snapped several trees. It continued NE across rural areas lifting a small outbuilding off of its base on CR D4447 and snapping additional trees and power lines along N4460 and Hwy 298. Two empty boxcars were blown over off of the railroad tracks just before the tornado crossed US Hwy 70 on the southeast portions of the city of Valliant.

The tornado continued to snap trees and limbs as it moved through forested land before lifting just southeast of the intersection of N4480 and N4490.
#2 5 miles SW of Mount Enterprise, Nacogdoches County, TX EF1 90 mph 2:02pm CST 2:26pm CST 12 miles/
150 yards
None This tornado began just east of Happy Valley along Hwy 817. It continued on an ENE path causing sporadic tree damage along FM 950 and FM 3272 before lifting just west of Hwy 259.

The tornado touched down for a second time ESE of Mount Enterprise along FM 3198 near FM 3191 causing severe tree damage in a wide swath, continued ENE to an area near the intersection of Hwy 84 and FM 3191, and lifted a few minutes later.
  5 miles SE of Winnsboro, Wood County, TX Downburst 85 mph 2:15pm CST       A downburst occurred with a thunderstorm which moved across central Wood County. The heaviest damage occurred to chicken houses along FM 2869 and CR 4549. Several trees sustained damage in the area as well. Winds are estimated to have been approximately 85 mph from this storm at this location.
#3 3 miles W of Mount Enterprise, Nacogdoches County, TX EF0 80 mph 3:34pm CST 3:43pm CST 6 miles/
70 yards
None A tornado touched down 3 miles W of Mount Enterprise just north of Hwy 84 near the intersection of FM 3206 and FM 3155 and continued to the NE knocking down trees, ripping off large limbs of trees, and tearing the tops off of other trees. It finally lifted 4 miles NE of Mount Enterprise just to the W of the intersection of FM 95 and Hwy 315.
#4 5 miles NE of Logansport, De Soto Parish, LA EF2 110-115 mph 4:53pm CST 5:13pm CST 10 miles/
200 yards
None The tornado began NE of Logansport east of State Route 5 near Funston Road and moved NE.

The heaviest damage occurred along Funston Road where numerous trees were snapped off 10 to 15 feet off the ground, and a home was heavily damaged by both the wind and falling trees. Several vehicles were also totaled by falling trees.

The tornado was also at its widest point along Funston Road. South of Funston road...Several trees were uprooted and a mobile home was damaged due to strong inflow winds into the tornado. The tornado crossed Jones Road and Wood Springs Road snapping and uprooting trees. The tornado continued northeast crossing State Route 3015 snapping trees onto a home, a truck, and several outbuildings.

The tornado weakened as it headed NE crossing Screamville Road and eventually Hwy 171 north of Grand Cane. The tornado lifted just east of Hwy 171.
#5 3 miles WSW of Elm Grove, Caddo Parish, LA EF0 70-75 mph 5:50pm CST 5:55pm CST 2 miles/
75 yards
None A few trees were snapped on the west side of the Red River along Hwy 1 north of the Ellerbe Road intersection toward the levee as the tornado which had been on the ground north of Grand Cane regenerated and briefly touched down again.

A spotter also filmed and photographed this tornado as it crossed the Red River and approached the community of Elm Grove. Damage was minimal and limited to trees. The tornado lifted as it approached Hwy 71.
#6 3 miles SE of Sibley, Webster Parish, LA EF0 75-80 mph 6:20pm CST 6:31pm CST 5.5 miles/
75 yards
None This tornado was part of the same supercell thunderstorm which spawned the tornadoes near Longstreet and Elm Grove and was one of two tornadoes within a close proximity.

The tornado first touched down along Hwy 7 headed NE where several trees were snapped. The tornado crossed Mason Fells Road and Hwy 531. The tornado continued NE and ended near Coussons Road where numerous trees were snapped across the road.
#7 3 miles SE of Sibley, Webster Parish, LA EF0 65-70 mph 6:29pm CST 6:33pm CST 2.5 miles/
75 yards
None This tornado was part of the same supercell thunderstorm which spawned the tornadoes near Longstreet and Elm Grove and was the northernmost tornado as part of a pair of tornadoes were on the ground at the same time within the same supercell.

This tornado touched down just west of the intersection Of Coussons Road and Hwy 531 and moved NE snapping and uprooted several trees.

The tornado crossed Magnolia Road and eventually lifted along Harveys Barber Shop Road where several large tree limbs were broken a several small trees were downed.
#8 8 miles E of Florien, Sabine Parish, LA EF1 95-105 mph 8:26pm CST 8:39pm CST 7.2 miles/
200 yards
None The tornado began 8 miles E of Florien along State Highway 118, where it knocked down several small trees and snapped limbs. The tornado crossed through the Kisatchie National Forest snapping numerous trees and knocking down power lines in a swath approximately 200 yards wide. Kisatchie Forest Rangers estimate that nearly 30-40 acres of timber was damaged or destroyed.    The tornado lifted just west of Hwy 117 prior to reaching the ranger station.
Tornado and downburst tracks in East Texas and Southeast Oklahoma
Tornado & downburst tracks in East Texas and Southeast Oklahoma.
 
Map of Louisiana tornado tracks
Map of Louisiana tornado tracks.
 
Radar when an EF2 tornado crossed Funston Road north of Logansport, LA
Radar when an EF2 tornado crossed Funston Road north of Logansport, LA.
 
EF1 tornado moving through Valliant, OK.
EF1 tornado moving through Valliant, OK.
 
Damage from Tor. #4 near Longstreet, LA, to a house on Funston Road.
Damage from Tor. #4 near Longstreet, LA, to a house on Funston Road.
 
Downed tree crushing a vehicle
Downed tree crushing a vehicle.
Tornado near Elm Grove, LA.
Tornado near Elm Grove, LA.