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The chance of earthquake damage in Estherwood is about the same as Louisiana average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Estherwood is higher than Louisiana average and is much higher than the national average.

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Earthquake Index, #510

Estherwood, LA
0.01
Louisiana
0.03
U.S.
1.81

The earthquake index value is calculated based on historical earthquake events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the earthquake level in a region. A higher earthquake index value means a higher chance of an earthquake.

Volcano Index, #1

Estherwood, LA
0.0000
Louisiana
0.0000
U.S.
0.0023

The volcano index value is calculated based on the currently known volcanoes using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the possibility of a region being affected by a possible volcano eruption. A higher volcano index value means a higher chance of being affected.

Tornado Index, #84

Estherwood, LA
297.84
Louisiana
235.86
U.S.
136.45

The tornado index value is calculated based on historical tornado events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the tornado level in a region. A higher tornado index value means a higher chance of tornado events.

Other Weather Extremes Events

A total of 1,599 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Estherwood, LA were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:0Cold:4Dense Fog:1Drought:11
Dust Storm:0Flood:165Hail:368Heat:2Heavy Snow:1
High Surf:0Hurricane:9Ice Storm:1Landslide:0Strong Wind:4
Thunderstorm Winds:917Tropical Storm:4Wildfire:1Winter Storm:5Winter Weather:6
Other:100 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Estherwood, LA.

Historical Earthquake Events

No historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Estherwood, LA.

No historical earthquake events found in or near Estherwood, LA.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 79 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Estherwood, LA.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
1.61975-05-08230°10'N / 92°29'W0.50 Mile50 Yards000K0Acadia
1.81974-10-29330°08'N / 92°37'W30°13'N / 92°22'W16.10 Miles200 Yards24025.0M0Acadia
7.51968-04-23230°08'N / 92°21'W1.00 Mile67 Yards003K0Acadia
8.02009-12-24230°14'N / 92°24'W30°19'N / 92°22'W7.00 Miles100 Yards044.0M0KAcadia
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The Atwood Acres tornado touched down near the Interstate 10 and Highway 1121 intersection just northwest of Crowley, then moved north-northeast for 7 miles before ending just east of the Schule Road/Casanova Road intersection about 2 miles east of Maxie. The tornado first knocked down a few trees at a business along Interstate 10, with one tree falling on a car. Several trees were blown down behind some homes along Highway 1121 before more trees and a fence were blown down along Hensgen Road just west of Highway 13. The tornado crossed Highway 13 and caused roof damage to a home on the east side of the highway, before moving into the Atwood Acres subdivision. Here, the tornado caused major damage to 4 well-constructed homes and minor to moderate damage to approximately 26 other homes across the eastern half of the subdivision. One brick home completely lost its roof, with four family members inside receiving cuts and bruises, and three other homes received major damage to their roofs and walls. numerous trees, fences, and power lines were also blown down, with debris littering much of the subdivision and adjacent forests. The tornado continued northeastward and damaged another home just north of the subdivision, before passing through unaccessible forested areas. Several more trees were damagd at the Ellis Road/Parish Road 4-46 intersection. Curving more northward, the tornado moved generally along and just east of Ellis Road, with one barn destroyed at the intersection with Floyd Williams Road, and one oil storage tank blown down east of the Rifle Lane intersection. The final damage noted was to more trees near the Schule Road/Casanova Road intersection. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A powerful upper level storm system moved across the Southern Plains and Lower Mississippi Valley from Wednesday, December 23, 2009, through Thursday, December 24, 2009. Numerous showers and elevated thunderstorms, including some supercells, repeatedly developed and moved northward across much of southwest Louisiana and the northern Gulf of Mexico from late Wednesday evening into Thursday morning. As the main upper level system approached Louisiana early Thursday morning, a squall line developed across east Texas and moved rapidly eastward across Louisiana, causing several reports of wind damage in southern Louisiana. Meanwhile, some of the elevated supercells became surface-based and tracked north-northeastward across south-central and east-central Louisiana, spawning at least a dozen tornadoes. In addition, the widespread rainfall caused flooding in some of these same areas. In total, at least 12 tornadoes affected portions of Vermilion, Acadia, St. Landry, Evangeline, and Avoyelles Parishes within a two hour timespan from 7-9 AM. Seven tornadoes affected Acadia Parish alone, the biggest single outbreak of tornadoes ever recorded in that parish. Three tornadoes were rated EF2, three were rated EF1, and six were rated EF0. Other tornadoes likely occurred that were reported by area residents but could not be confirmed by NWS storm surveys. These included a likely tornado just east of I-49 in extreme northeastern Evangeline Parish, a possible tornado about 8 miles southwest of Gueydan, and another east of Palmetto in far northeastern St. Landry Parish. This was the largest outbreak of tornadoes in the NWS Lake Charles county warning area since November 23, 2004.
9.01999-01-02230°16'N / 92°32'W30°21'N / 92°28'W10.00 Miles400 Yards00500K0Acadia
 Brief Description: A long tornado touched down in northern Acadia Parish. The most extensive damage occurred near the Richard community, where one house was nearly destroyed and another 6 received minor damage. A small airplane parked on the ground east of Iota was picked up and moved 100 yards. At least 20 homes and businesses received some form of damage along this path.
9.31952-04-04330°16'N / 92°37'W30°22'N / 92°18'W20.20 Miles100 Yards00250K0Acadia
9.51974-10-29330°13'N / 92°22'W30°22'N / 92°22'W10.30 Miles200 Yards000K0Acadia
11.21975-05-09230°13'N / 92°22'W30°21'N / 92°16'W11.10 Miles50 Yards000K0Acadia
12.01974-10-29330°06'N / 92°41'W30°08'N / 92°37'W4.90 Miles200 Yards01225.0M0Jefferson Davis
12.22009-12-24229°58'N / 92°31'W30°03'N / 92°29'W6.00 Miles50 Yards001.0M0KVermilion
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The Gueydan Tornado began about 4 miles southwest of town near Ellis Bridge Road, blowing down a few trees Burnell Road and Humble Road. The tornado then moved north-northeastward causing extensive roof and siding damage to several homes just east of Highway 91 south of Gueydan. One tied-down mobile home was rolled over and completely destroyed, and another mobile home had its entire roof blown off. Trees and powerlines were also blown down in the area. The tornado then moved across Gueydan, causing intermittent damage to homes and trees along a narrow swath. One small outbuilding was blown into the water tower located in the northeast portion of town and destroyed. Continuing north-northeastward, the tornado blew down numerous trees at a farm on the southern end of JD Simon Road, and knocked down a power pole along Highway 713 west of Dallas Guidry Road. The tornado then curved northward, blowing down several tree limbs at a residence along Bill Searle Road west of Calvin Road, before dissipating. In total, approximately 50 homes were damaged by this tornado. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A powerful upper level storm system moved across the Southern Plains and Lower Mississippi Valley from Wednesday, December 23, 2009, through Thursday, December 24, 2009. Numerous showers and elevated thunderstorms, including some supercells, repeatedly developed and moved northward across much of southwest Louisiana and the northern Gulf of Mexico from late Wednesday evening into Thursday morning. As the main upper level system approached Louisiana early Thursday morning, a squall line developed across east Texas and moved rapidly eastward across Louisiana, causing several reports of wind damage in southern Louisiana. Meanwhile, some of the elevated supercells became surface-based and tracked north-northeastward across south-central and east-central Louisiana, spawning at least a dozen tornadoes. In addition, the widespread rainfall caused flooding in some of these same areas. In total, at least 12 tornadoes affected portions of Vermilion, Acadia, St. Landry, Evangeline, and Avoyelles Parishes within a two hour timespan from 7-9 AM. Seven tornadoes affected Acadia Parish alone, the biggest single outbreak of tornadoes ever recorded in that parish. Three tornadoes were rated EF2, three were rated EF1, and six were rated EF0. Other tornadoes likely occurred that were reported by area residents but could not be confirmed by NWS storm surveys. These included a likely tornado just east of I-49 in extreme northeastern Evangeline Parish, a possible tornado about 8 miles southwest of Gueydan, and another east of Palmetto in far northeastern St. Landry Parish. This was the largest outbreak of tornadoes in the NWS Lake Charles county warning area since November 23, 2004.
12.91977-11-08230°00'N / 92°31'W1.00 Mile27 Yards01250K0Vermilion
13.71961-09-10330°00'N / 92°18'W30°05'N / 92°18'W5.70 Miles283 Yards1552.5M0Vermilion
13.91971-05-11230°05'N / 92°40'W0.30 Mile50 Yards003K0Jefferson Davis
15.11989-05-18230°14'N / 92°13'W1.00 Mile40 Yards01250K0Acadia
16.11983-01-31330°01'N / 92°16'W30°05'N / 92°13'W6.00 Miles100 Yards10250K0Vermilion
16.51967-05-01230°00'N / 92°17'W2.00 Miles50 Yards04250K0Vermilion
16.71992-03-04230°20'N / 92°29'W30°30'N / 92°19'W15.00 Miles173 Yards022.5M0Acadia
16.81952-04-04330°10'N / 92°52'W30°16'N / 92°37'W16.50 Miles100 Yards010250K0Jefferson Davis
17.11957-03-31230°03'N / 92°48'W30°09'N / 92°40'W10.60 Miles267 Yards0025K0Jefferson Davis
17.21969-12-25330°00'N / 92°16'W1.50 Miles100 Yards18250K0Vermilion
17.51982-09-11230°14'N / 92°45'W1.00 Mile150 Yards0025K0Jefferson Davis
18.31960-04-29230°18'N / 92°48'W30°24'N / 92°36'W13.80 Miles1667 Yards0425K0Jefferson Davis
19.91975-05-09230°26'N / 92°18'W2.00 Miles27 Yards000K0Acadia
20.31957-11-07330°21'N / 92°12'W30°21'N / 92°10'W2.30 Miles200 Yards25250K0Acadia
20.81953-05-16230°24'N / 92°14'W30°25'N / 92°14'W1.10 Miles150 Yards00250K0Acadia
20.92008-05-15230°07'N / 92°09'W30°10'N / 92°05'W5.00 Miles200 Yards00300K0KLafayette
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This is a continuation of the tornado that began west of Maurice in Vermilion Parish. It strengthened to EF-2 intensity before dissipating a mile west of the Acadiana Mall. Near the Duhon and West Broussard Road intersection, one permanent home had the roof completely blown off, hitting the neighboring house and causing extensive damage. The two people inside the roof-less home escaped injury. Other homes along the path received minor roof or siding damage, and many trees were blown down. EPISODE NARRATIVE: As a cold front approached, a squall line developed. Additional storms sprung up in front of the squall line, and where storms merged, a few tornadoes touched down. Along the squall line, winds of 60 mph blew down trees and caused minor damage to homes.
20.91966-02-10230°06'N / 92°48'W0.20 Mile33 Yards000K0Jefferson Davis
21.01983-02-09330°26'N / 92°20'W30°29'N / 92°18'W3.00 Miles150 Yards00250K0Acadia
21.41975-05-08230°14'N / 92°49'W1.00 Mile100 Yards020K0Jefferson Davis
22.32004-01-25230°09'N / 92°06'W30°09'N / 92°05'W1.00 Mile10 Yards031.0M0Lafayette
 Brief Description: A short-lived tornado destroyed two brick homes and two mobile homes, and damaged at least another 15 homes and businesses. One lady broke her shoulder when the mobile home she was in flipped over, trapping her. The other two injuries were minor - cuts and bruises.
22.41976-03-24230°26'N / 92°42'W0.50 Mile27 Yards0025K0Jefferson Davis
22.41957-11-07330°21'N / 92°10'W30°21'N / 92°07'W3.30 Miles200 Yards25250K0St. Landry
22.71977-03-28230°12'N / 92°11'W30°12'N / 91°59'W12.00 Miles100 Yards012.5M0Lafayette
23.21983-02-09330°24'N / 92°11'W30°25'N / 92°10'W1.00 Mile150 Yards002.5M0Acadia
24.01992-06-13230°14'N / 92°06'W30°19'N / 92°03'W6.00 Miles60 Yards00250K0Lafayette
24.81992-03-05230°30'N / 92°19'W30°31'N / 92°16'W3.00 Miles173 Yards042.5M0St. Landry
25.31957-11-13330°21'N / 92°07'W30°22'N / 92°04'W3.60 Miles200 Yards000K0Plaquemines
25.81969-12-06230°09'N / 92°02'W0.50 Mile33 Yards003K0Lafayette
26.01965-01-08230°18'N / 92°03'W1.00 Mile33 Yards003K0Lafayette
26.41980-10-18230°19'N / 92°03'W04250K0Lafayette
27.21974-10-29330°11'N / 92°04'W30°12'N / 91°57'W7.30 Miles167 Yards01250K0Lafayette
27.22008-09-03230°32'N / 92°30'W30°37'N / 92°27'W7.00 Miles50 Yards20300K0KEvangeline
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A strong tornado began near Duralde, and ended near Mamou. Along the way, a home on Valentine Road lost part of its roof, causing one minor injury. A home of Highway 374 was severely damaged when it was knocked off its foundation. Along Duculus Road, two homes lost most of their roofs. One unoccupied, tied-down mobile home was tossed to the northwest over 100 yards and split in half. Another mobile home was thrown in a counter-clockwise motion over 200 yards and was destroyed, resulting in two fatalities and one serious injury. Near the end of the path on Highway 104, a home lost part of its roof. Numerous trees and power lines were blown down along the path. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Hurricane Gustav caused wind damage, flash flooding, and several tornadoes across southwest Louisiana. Hustav made landfall in Terrebonne Parish in the morning of September 2nd as a category 2 hurricane with sustained winds of 110 mph. Gustav moved northwest, almost up along Highway 90 across St. Mary, Iberia, St. Martin, and Lafayette Parishes. The highest measured wind gusts were 85 mph at a research site near Abbeville, LA in Vermilion Parish. However, wind speeds were estimated between 75 and 85 mph from St. Mary Parish to Evangeline Parish. Storm surge was a minimal impact because southwest Louisiana was on the west side of the onshore winds for most of the event. The highest recorded storm tide was 4.77 at Amerada Pass in St. Mary Parish. However, rainfall was a large impact. In central Louisiana, over 20 inches of rain fell in Rapides Parish, with a CO-OP observer recording 20.43 inches 7 miles east of Alexandria. This resulted in widespread flooding of the Alexandria-Pineville region, where over 200 water rescues were performed. Significant flooding also occurred in New Iberia, where over ten inches of rain fell, resulting in widespread flooding in and around New Iberia. Several tornadoes were seen across southwest Louisiana, with the worst one occurring in Evangeline Parish near Mamou, where two people were killed when their tied-down mobile home was thrown for over 200 yards. Other fatalities in the region were considered indirect. Two men died in Calcasieu Parish from carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator running in their home. A woman died in St. Martin Parish when her home caught fire from burning candles after she lost power. Total property damages were estimated near 750 million dollars in southwest Louisiana. Agricultural loses were estimated to be over 225 million dollars.
27.61999-01-02230°05'N / 92°56'W30°07'N / 92°54'W4.00 Miles400 Yards02250K0Calcasieu
 Brief Description: A strong tornado moved across southern and eastern sections of Hayes, destroying several homes and one farm. A couple was injured slightly when their permanent wood home was completely flattened in the tornado. Another home was lifted in the air and moved 75 yards from it's original location. Seven people in the home escaped with no injuries. A large trash can was found struck in a tree 50 feet up in a large oak tree, that had travelled at least one mile from it's original position.
28.72002-10-29230°32'N / 92°17'W30°36'N / 92°17'W5.00 Miles50 Yards23100K0Evangeline
 Brief Description: The tornado in St. Landry Parish moved into Evangeline Parish, and picked up a mobile home over 100 yards, before it landed and completely fell apart. Two ladies in the home were killed instantly. Three other people in the home survived with broken bones and bruises. Debris was scattered over a quarter of a mile away from the mobile home. Several other mobile homes were damaged in this area, and many trees and power lines were blown down. F16MH, F33MH
29.61952-04-04230°22'N / 92°08'W30°24'N / 91°55'W13.20 Miles67 Yards433250K0St. Landry
30.31953-11-21230°06'N / 91°59'W30°11'N / 91°56'W6.80 Miles300 Yards02250K0Lafayette
30.82008-09-12230°36'N / 92°24'W30°39'N / 92°25'W3.00 Miles20 Yards00200K0KEvangeline
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado touched down on the outskirts of Mamou, and damaged 10 to 15 homes near Highway 95 and Fred Street. One home lost its roof. One mobile home was flipped onto the highway. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Hurricane Ike caused wind damage, storm surge flooding, and tornadoes across southwest Louisiana. Ike made landfall near Galveston, TX early in the morning on September 13th as a strong category 2 hurricane. Sustained hurricane force winds were confined to extreme western Cameron Parish. The highest recorded winds in southwest Lousiana were at Lake Charles Regional Airport with sustained winds of 46 kts (53 mph) and gusts of 67 kts (77 mph). The lowest pressure reading occurred at Southland Field near Sulphur, LA, with a low of 994.6 mb. Several tornadoes were reported across southwest Louisiana. The most significant one was near Mamou, where a home lost its roof, and another 10-15 homes were damaged. Storm surge was a significant event. Water levels ranged from 14 ft in western Cameron Parish, to 8 ft in St. Mary Parish. This resulted in widespread flooding of the same areas that flooded in Hurricane Rita in 2005. Most of Cameron Parish was under water. Over 3000 homes were flooded. This extended north into Calcasieu Parish, where another 1000 homes flooded in Lake Charles, Westlake, and Sulphur. In Vermilion Parish, at least 1000 homes flooded in Pecan Island, Forked Island, Intracoastal City, and Henry. This extended east into Iberia Parish, where another 1000 homes flooded south of Highway 14 and Highway 90. In St. Mary Parish, some of the worst flooding occurred in Franklin, where a man-made levee failed, flooding over 450 homes. Maximum storm total rainfall ranged from 6 to 8 inches across Cameron, Calcasieu, and Beauregard Parishes. No fatalities were reported in southwest Louisiana. Total property damages, however, were high. Loses are estimated to be almost 420 million dollars across southwest Louisiana. Agricultural loses were over 225 million dollars.
31.01971-05-11230°31'N / 92°07'W0.10 Mile17 Yards000K0St. Landry
31.21953-05-16230°25'N / 92°14'W30°34'N / 91°56'W20.60 Miles150 Yards03250K0St. Landry
31.21983-02-09330°25'N / 92°10'W30°34'N / 92°00'W13.00 Miles150 Yards072.5M0St. Landry
32.01992-11-21330°13'N / 93°02'W30°18'N / 92°57'W6.00 Miles73 Yards022.5M0Calcasieu
32.51982-05-07229°47'N / 92°08'W29°52'N / 92°05'W5.00 Miles100 Yards003K0Vermilion
33.31977-04-21330°18'N / 91°57'W30°19'N / 91°54'W3.80 Miles440 Yards1112.5M0St. Martin
34.31992-11-01230°05'N / 91°54'W0.50 Mile40 Yards0025K0St. Martin
34.42002-10-29230°36'N / 92°10'W30°38'N / 92°12'W5.00 Miles20 Yards005.0M0St. Landry
 Brief Description: A strong tornado moved across the small community of Prairie Ronde, destroying the school. Several neighboring houses also received major damage.
34.41975-03-18230°02'N / 91°56'W30°04'N / 91°53'W4.10 Miles50 Yards02250K0Iberia
34.71953-11-21230°11'N / 91°56'W30°22'N / 91°51'W13.60 Miles300 Yards00250K0St. Martin
35.01992-11-21230°03'N / 91°55'W30°05'N / 91°52'W2.00 Miles73 Yards01250K0Iberia
36.41977-09-14229°57'N / 91°55'W0.20 Mile27 Yards0025K0Iberia
37.41982-09-11230°43'N / 92°22'W2.50 Miles150 Yards00250K0Evangeline
38.11992-11-21230°05'N / 91°52'W30°16'N / 91°47'W13.00 Miles73 Yards03250K0St. Martin
38.32007-02-13230°13'N / 91°51'W30°16'N / 91°48'W4.00 Miles300 Yards031.5M0KSt. Martin
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: Wind speeds were estimated between 110 and 120 mph, or on the low end of EF2. This tornado was spawned by the same storm that produced the Youngsville tornado. The tornado began southwest of the intersection of Poydras Highway and Eunice Road and moved northeast, ending past Nursery Highway. Several brick homes had roofs removed near the highs school, with one home losing most of its second floor. A total of 44 homes were damaged or destroyed, with 80 homes impacted by the tornado. Three injuries occurred in a small brick home where the roof blew off, causing a brick wall and other debris to land on them. Several trees were damaged or uprooted. This was the strongest tornado in southwest Louisiana since the November 23 2004 tornado outbreak. EPISODE NARRATIVE: An approaching cold front resulted in showers and thunderstroms across southwest Louisiana, some of which became severe. Several tornadoes touched down across Acadiana.
38.61975-04-30230°02'N / 91°53'W30°05'N / 91°47'W7.10 Miles50 Yards01250K0Iberia
38.71983-01-31230°43'N / 92°22'W30°45'N / 92°20'W3.00 Miles50 Yards00250K0East Feliciana
39.11952-04-04230°24'N / 91°55'W30°24'N / 91°48'W7.20 Miles67 Yards00250K0St. Martin
40.01983-01-31230°28'N / 91°56'W30°34'N / 91°54'W7.00 Miles100 Yards0025K0St. Landry
40.41957-10-15330°28'N / 92°05'W30°34'N / 91°44'W22.00 Miles100 Yards010250K0St. Landry
41.31983-02-09330°34'N / 92°00'W30°34'N / 91°52'W7.00 Miles150 Yards002.5M0St. Landry
41.81970-05-24230°44'N / 92°18'W30°48'N / 92°16'W5.20 Miles417 Yards0025K0Evangeline
42.21973-04-17330°15'N / 93°10'W0.50 Mile10 Yards0025K0Calcasieu
43.11971-02-12330°13'N / 93°12'W30°15'N / 93°10'W3.60 Miles150 Yards012.5M0Calcasieu
43.81967-05-01330°40'N / 92°56'W30°43'N / 92°52'W5.20 Miles750 Yards0225K0Allen
44.01972-03-20229°49'N / 93°04'W0.30 Mile50 Yards0025K0Cameron
44.11953-05-18230°45'N / 92°48'W0.50 Mile33 Yards0125K0Allen
44.41968-06-17230°48'N / 92°40'W0.10 Mile17 Yards003K0St. Helena
45.71965-01-22230°22'N / 93°12'W0.50 Mile33 Yards003K0Calcasieu
47.52009-12-24230°46'N / 92°09'W30°51'N / 92°07'W6.00 Miles50 Yards00500K0KSt. Landry
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The Whiteville Tornado touched down near Interstate 49 about 2 miles southwest of the community, then moved north-northeastward. Upon reaching Parish Road 5-230, the tornado destroyed an outbuilding and blew down numerous trees along Bayou Boeuf. A home was damaged south of Highway 182 just east of Bayou Boeuf, and two mobile homes received roof damage along Sonnier Road. The tornado then struck the Resurrection Catholic Church, obliterating the building and damaging several tombstones and tombs in the nearby graveyard. A farm located just north of the church received major damage, with one large rice silo blown 50 yards southwestward into the bayou and another rice silo severely damaged. Two tractor trailers at the farm were also damaged, with one blown by the tornado into a jack-knife position, and the other having a large tree fall onto it. Continuing north-northeastward across open fields, the tornado then blew down numerous trees along WPA Road. No damage occurred for the next few miles as the tornado moved across open farmland and crossed into Avoyelles Parish. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A powerful upper level storm system moved across the Southern Plains and Lower Mississippi Valley from Wednesday, December 23, 2009, through Thursday, December 24, 2009. Numerous showers and elevated thunderstorms, including some supercells, repeatedly developed and moved northward across much of southwest Louisiana and the northern Gulf of Mexico from late Wednesday evening into Thursday morning. As the main upper level system approached Louisiana early Thursday morning, a squall line developed across east Texas and moved rapidly eastward across Louisiana, causing several reports of wind damage in southern Louisiana. Meanwhile, some of the elevated supercells became surface-based and tracked north-northeastward across south-central and east-central Louisiana, spawning at least a dozen tornadoes. In addition, the widespread rainfall caused flooding in some of these same areas. In total, at least 12 tornadoes affected portions of Vermilion, Acadia, St. Landry, Evangeline, and Avoyelles Parishes within a two hour timespan from 7-9 AM. Seven tornadoes affected Acadia Parish alone, the biggest single outbreak of tornadoes ever recorded in that parish. Three tornadoes were rated EF2, three were rated EF1, and six were rated EF0. Other tornadoes likely occurred that were reported by area residents but could not be confirmed by NWS storm surveys. These included a likely tornado just east of I-49 in extreme northeastern Evangeline Parish, a possible tornado about 8 miles southwest of Gueydan, and another east of Palmetto in far northeastern St. Landry Parish. This was the largest outbreak of tornadoes in the NWS Lake Charles county warning area since November 23, 2004.
48.11970-10-11229°54'N / 93°12'W1.00 Mile200 Yards12250K0Cameron
49.91999-01-02230°28'N / 93°14'W30°28'N / 93°14'W1.00 Mile100 Yards0050K0Beauregard
 Brief Description: A small but strong tornado moved across rural areas south of Ragley. One new mobile home that was in the path was completely destroyed. Debris was scattered for over a mile. The residents had heard the warnings and escaped the home minutes before it was destroyed.


* The information on this page is based on the global volcano database, the U.S. earthquake database of 1638-1985, and the U.S. Tornado and Weather Extremes database of 1950-2010.


 
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