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Easter weekend 1999 tornado outbreak

Easter weekend 1999 tornado outbreak
NEXRAD image at 3:28 pm.
Date of tornado outbreak: April 2–3, 1999
Duration1: ~2 days
Maximum rated tornado2: F4 tornado
Tornadoes caused: 17
Highest winds:
Largest hail:
Damages: $16.6 million (2006 USD)
Fatalities: 7
Areas affected: Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas

1Time from first tornado to last tornado
2Most severe tornado damage; see Fujita Scale

The Easter weekend 1999 tornado outbreak was a series of tornado touchdowns which occurred on April 2–3, 1999 from Kansas to Louisiana. The most powerful tornado occurred in Caddo Parish and Bossier Parish in northwestern Louisiana where an F4 tornado killed 7 people and injured 112. Damages from the outbreak were estimated near $16.6 million (2006 USD). A total of 17 tornadoes were confirmed across the southern Plains during the two-day event.

Tornado event

A first series of tornadoes touched down on April 2 across Oklahoma causing mostly minor damage to some structures. An isolated F1 tornado touched down near Columbus, Kansas during the early morning hours on April 3 causing an estimated $831,000 in damages (2006 USD).

The strongest tornadoes of the outbreak took place across the Arklatex region during the afternoon hours were the strongest and lone killer tornado took place. At 3:52 PM, a supercell thunderstorm spawned a tornado over Cross Lake, north of Shreveport Regional Airport. The tornado moved northeast. In Caddo Parish the tornado damaged 66 buildings. In Caddo Parish, damages are estimated at near $1.6 million (2006 dollars).[1] At 4:01 PM, the tornado entered Bossier Parish as an F4 tornado. In Bossier Parish, 227 buildings suffered major damage or were destroyed. An additional 162 buildings were damaged. Damages in Bossier Parish are estimated at near $8.1 million (2006 dollars).[2] The tornado dissipated about eight miles northeast of Benton. In all, 7 people were killed and 112 were injured. The tornado was on the ground for about 20 miles. Its width reached as high as 200 yards.

Three additional tornadoes touched down besides the Caddo-Bossier Parish tornado. These tornadoes injured 1 person and caused up to $6.6 million in damages. Heavy damage was reported near Logansport, Summerfield and Athens heavily damaging several residences.

Weaker tornadoes (rated either F0 or F1) touched down across most of central and northern Arkansas into Missouri as well as in eastern Texas. 4 people in total were injured in two separate tornadoes near Ben and Mammoth Spring with isolated damage to some structures and also to trees and power lines. The outbreak ended just before 6 PM on April 3.[3][4]

Tornado table

Confirmed
Total
Confirmed
F0
Confirmed
F1
Confirmed
F2
Confirmed
F3
Confirmed
F4
Confirmed
F5
17 7 6 0 3 1 0

Confirmed tornadoes

April 2 event

F# Location County Time (UTC) Path length Damage
Oklahoma
F0 SW of Watchom Noble 2145 1 miles
(1.6 km)
Weak tornado with no damage
F0 NW of Stafford Custer 0107 0.3 miles
(0.5 km)
Damage limited to downed tree limbs
F1 W of Bloomington Harmon, Greer 0125 7.5 miles
(12 km)
Barns, grain bins and Quonset hut-type buildings were damaged
F1 W of Moravia Greer, Beckham 0213 6 miles
(9.6 km)
Damage to grain silos, a barn, one home, an ostrich building and tractors were damaged
F1 S of Dill City Washita 0250 1.1 miles
(1.8 km)
A shed was destroyed while a home, trees and power lines were damaged
F0 N of Custer City Custer 0355 1.1 miles
(1.8 km)
Weak tornado with little or no damage
Texas
F0 NE of Aspermont Stonewall 2315 0.1 miles
(0.16 km)
Brief touchdown with no damage
Source: Tornado History Project - April 2, 1999 Storm Data

April 3 event

F# Location County Time (UTC) Path length Damage
Kansas
F1 E of Stippville Cherokee 1110 0.1 miles
(0.16 km)
Three homes were damaged including one heavily
Texas
F0 NW of New Waverly Walker 2142 0.3 miles
(0.5 km)
Damage limited to trees
F3 Logansport, LA area Shelby, TX, De Soto, LA 2151 5.4 miles
(8.6 km)
Damage to farms, outbuildings and numerous trees in Texas. In Logansport, Louisiana, several homes had moderate to heavy damage. A church was also damaged with its steeple being knocked down and roof torn up. One person was injured.
F0 Willis area Montgomery 2217 0.3 miles
(0.5 km)
Damage to a mobile home and trees
Louisiana
F4 NW of Shreveport to N of Midway Caddo, Bossier 2152 19.3 miles
(30.9 km)
7 deaths - 66 structures in Caddo Parish were damaged including Southern University and several homes. A hardware store was also levelled. In Bossier Parish, 389 structures were affected including 227 homes and businesses sustaining major damage or complete destruction. Brick homes were levelled with one of the structures being left with only a slab. 12 people were injured in Caddo Parish and 90 other in Bossier Parish where all the fatalities took place.
F3 Athens area Claiborne 2258 8.5 miles
(13.6 km)
Two mobile homes were destroyed and 10 homes were heavily damaged
F3 N of Lisbon to NW of Randolph Claiborne 2313 14.5 miles
(23.2 km)
15 homes were severely damaged
Arkansas
F0 NW of Fivemile Stone 2235 1 miles
(1.6 km)
A few sheds and outbuildings were destroyed. Trees were also blown down 2 people were injured
F1 Mammoth Spring area Fulton, AR, Oregon, MO 2250 10.5 miles
(16.8 km)
A mobile homeand a barn were destroyed. Another mobile home, homes, businesses and a recreational vehicle were damaged. Two people were injured
F1 N of Getsemane Jefferson, Lonoke 2325 6.5 miles
(10.4 km)
Damage to outbuildings, signs, power poles and trees
Source: Tornado History Project - April 3, 1999 Storm Data

See also

References

External links

  • National Climate Data Center Storm Events Search
  • National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Shreveport, LA

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