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Landspout tornado hits National Weather Service office in Lake Charles

3 weeks 22 hours 1 minute ago Thursday, June 27 2024 Jun 27, 2024 June 27, 2024 9:48 PM June 27, 2024 in Weather news
Source: WBRZ

LAKE CHARLES - A landspout tornado hit the National Weather Service building in Lake Charles Thursday night.

According to the National Weather Service, the quickly-forming land spout hit from 6:26 p.m. and 6:27 p.m. The NWS said it picked up outside equipment and slung it across the parking lot and across the road to the airport.

There was minor damage to employees' vehicles, but no other damage or injuries.

Landspouts are a type of tornado which are not attached to a rotating thunderstorm, otherwise known as a supercell. They cannot be detected on radar for this reason, and typically go unwarned unless spotted.

These form when a thunderstorm moves over a boundary of sort, such as an outflow boundary or sea breeze. Pockets of spin found along these boundaries then get stretched upward by the storm, forming the landspout tornado.

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