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Two tornadoes, plus a swath of straight-line winds confirmed from Tuesday's storms

1 month 1 week 1 day ago Wednesday, June 05 2024 Jun 5, 2024 June 05, 2024 9:02 PM June 05, 2024 in News
Source: The Storm Station

The National Weather Service (NWS) has confirmed that two tornadoes hit portions of Louisiana and Mississippi from Tuesday's storms, along with a separate area of extensive straight-line wind damage

An EF-1 tornado was confirmed in Tangipahoa Parish to the east of Kentwood. The tornado had peak winds around 100 mph and was on the ground for about 5 miles. The tornado tracked mostly over open fields until Highway 1054 where it uprooted and snapped numerous trees. It then continued to W Lewiston Road where the most tree damage was observed. At that location, almost every tree in a 300 yard swath was either snapped or uprooted. Similar scenes were observed near Gregot Road also. 

Another EF-1 tornado was confirmed in Amite and Pike Counties in Mississippi. Peak winds were estimated around 95 mph with a path length of 16.2 miles. This tornado tracked just north of the LA/MS state line in Gillsburg where several hardwoods along Travis Road and Highway 568 were uprooted. The tornado continued east, uprooting many trees along Highway 571 and 584. The twister continued to topple trees just north of the Osyka exit along I-55. The tornado finally lifted near Centerville Rd and Charlie Rhodus Road.

Closer to Amite City, the damage patterns were too sporadic to classify as tornadic. Most of the damage pointed to the east, consistent with straight-line wind damage. 85-95 mph straight-line winds are estimated to have occurred along a 32-mile zone from St. Helena Parish into Tangipahoa Parish. Amite City and Hillsdale were right in the middle of the swath. Even though the damage wasn't consistent with a tornado, significant damage still occurred in that area. This is a testament to the power of straight-line winds.

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