13 Tornadoes Recorded in Louisiana on Feb. 23

By Bill Fuller | February 26, 2016

The National Weather Service updated to 13 the number of tornadoes that hit Louisiana on Feb. 23, including four EF-2 tornadoes that were responsible for the extreme damage in Convent and LaPlace, along with an EF-2 in Livingston Parish and one in Paincourtville.

Meteorologist Phil Grigsby told The Associated Press the tornado that destroyed a Convent trailer park was an EF-2 tornado, with winds of 111-135 mph. Other EF-2 tornadoes were confirmed in Livingston, Paintcourtville, and the one in LaPlace, which destroyed or badly damaged at least 200 homes and businesses in several subdivisions.

The five other tornadoes were an EF-0, with winds of 65-85 mph. They were in Lacombe, Kenner, Madisonville, Manchac, Montpelier, and Prairieville.

Grigsby said survey teams are investigating several other suspected sites for tornado damage.

Up to 24 tornadoes are estimated to have hit the Gulf Coast region on Tuesday. In addition to Louisiana, Florida and Mississippi also suffered extensive damage from twisters.

Three people were killed in Louisiana and Mississippi and dozens were injured.

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