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Heavy Rainfall Across Portions Of Gulf Coast States This Week

Abundant moisture will interact with a stalled front in the Gulf of Mexico this week to generate locally heavy rainfall across the Gulf Coast region. This activity will be bolstered mid-late week by remnants of Willa, currently in the eastern Pacific. This surge of moisture could bring widespread flood concerns to the region given the prolonged period of wet weather. Read More >


An active week of severe weather continued to affect portions of the Four State Region on February 21, 2013.  While still cleaning up from a tornado outbreak on February 18, another strong, late-winter storm system moved across the region spawning severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.  Several instances of straight-line wind damage were recorded in Cherokee County northwest of Wells, TX.  Based on the damage northwest of Wells, wind speeds were estimated to be near 100 mph.

Two tornadoes have been confirmed by survey teams from the National Weather Service:  one in Sabine County, TX, and another in Natchitoches Parish, LA.  Unfortunately, an EF1 tornado near Pineland, TX, resulted in one fatality.  A 74-year old woman was killed when a tree fell onto her while she was sleeping in her mobile home.

Meteorologists from the National Weather Service in Shreveport conducted damage surveys in the days following the storms.  The report below is presented in chronological order of when the tornadoes occurred.  More information may be added to this page in the coming days as it becomes available.


EF1 = 2
#1 5 miles N of Pineland, Sabine County, TX 3 miles W of Hemphill, Sabine County, TX EF1 104 mphh 1:10pm CST 1:19pm CST 4.5 miles/
150 yards
1 fatality /
0 injuries
This tornado began as an EF-0 along Charlie Forse Road snapping large tree branches. The tornado intensified to EF-1 as it crossed FM-1 at Strickland Crossing West snapping and uprooting numerous trees. A mobile home was also rolled on its side. 

Other trees fell onto several homes as the tornado continued east along Strickland Crossing West. A 74-year old woman was killed as a result of severe head injuries when a tree fell onto her while she was sleeping in her mobile home.

The tornado continued northeast and finally dissipated along Bennet Road.
#2 20 miles SE of Provencal, Natchitoches Parish, LA 20 miles SE of Provencal, Natchitoches Parish, LA EF1 88 mph 3:07pm CST 3:07pm CST 60 yards/
30 yards
None This tornado began in Vernon Parish about 3.6 miles ESE of Kurthwood. Several branches were broken and a large pine tree were snapped by this tornado in the Kisatchie National Forest in southern Natchitoches Parish.
Straight-line wind damage northwest of Wells, TX   Straight-line wind damage northwest of Wells, TX   Straight-line wind damage northwest of Wells, TX
Photos of straight-line wind damage northwest of Wells, TX, in Cherokee County. Photos are courtesy of Wells Fire Chief Robert Kalka.



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