Yesterday evening, the National Weather Service, working in concert with the Parish’s Office of Emergency Preparedness, confirmed that an EF1-2 tornado with winds in excess of 110 MPH struck an area along Nursery Highway in the Grand Bois community. Parish Government will assist in the collection of the storm debris beginning next week (week of January 11, 2021).

Residents who experienced damages should follow these guidelines:
– All storm debris must be segregated from all other normal household waste and white goods.
– All storm debris should be placed on the edge of the property line so that it does not encroach upon any street/road or drainage lateral. Do not place any debris beneath any power or other utility lines.

ONLY DEBRIS GENERATED BY THIS TORNADO WILL BE COLLECTED.


Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Lake Charles LA
756 PM CST Thu Jan 7 2021

…NWS Damage Survey for 01/06/21 Tornado Event…

.Parks Tornado…

Rating: EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind: 110 MPH
Path length /Statute/: 1.2 Miles
Path width /Maximum/: 40 Yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0

Start date: Jan 06 2021
Start time: 10:52 pm CST
Start location: 1 NE Parks / St. Martin / LA
Start Lat/Lon: 30.2401 / -91.8108

End date: Jan 06 2021
End time: 10:54 pm CST
End location: 2 NE Parks / St. Martin / LA
End_lat/lon: 30.2549 / -91.8015

Survey Summary: A tornado touched down near the intersection of Nursery Highway and Grand Bois Road. A storage building was destroyed and several homes received damage to awnings or roofs. Some of the debris was found up in the power lines. Further down the road a few trees fell down, and a single wide mobile home was flipped over and destroyed. Fortunately no one was
home at the time.

EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale Classifies Tornadoes into the following categories.

EF0…Weak……65 to 85 MPH
EF1…Weak……86 to 110 MPH
EF2…Strong….111 to 135 MPH
EF3…Strong….136 to 165 MPH
EF4…Violent…166 To 200 MPH
EF5…Violent…>200 MPH

Note:
The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to change pending final review of the event and publication in NWS Storm Data.