Pat Shingleton: "The Season Continues..."
Storm investigator's from the National Weather Service completed their initial evaluation of Monday's storms. They officially identified five locations where confirmed twisters occurred. Pierre Part's tornado clocked winds of 100 mph staying on-the-ground for a half mile. Napoleonville's had winds of 85 and again was on-the-ground for eight-tenths of a mile with Kenner's advancing to 90 miles per hour. The last three years of tornado outbreaks in Mississippi and Alabama have shifted twister intensity from Tornado Alley to the Dixie Alley. Another outbreak is noted from April 3rd and 4th, 1974. For sixteen hours, 148 tornadoes damaged 13 states east of the Mississippi River, including the province of Ontario, Canada. The combined path length was 2,598 miles as deaths totaled 315 with 5,484 injuries. Six tornadoes reached EF-5 intensity Enhanced Fujita Scale) with six cities hit twice in the same day. On May 1,1933, the deadliest tornado in Louisiana history struck Minden with 28 deaths and 400 injuries. Professor Theodore Fujita developed the Fujita scale for determining tornado intensity and waited 30 years before seeing his first live tornado.