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Lake Charles, Louisiana
Tornadoes Impact
Wind Tornadoes Inland Flooding Coastal Flooding
Impacts by County from tornadoes for the NWS Lake Charles, Louisiana warning area
 
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Low
 
Moderate
 
High
 
Extreme
Alabama
Mobile

Florida
Jacksonville
Key West
Melbourne
Miami
Pensacola
Tallahassee
Tampa Bay

Louisiana
Lake Charles

Maryland
Baltimore/Washington

New Jersey
Mount Holly

New York
New York City/Upton

North Carolina
Newport/Morehead City
Wilmington

Pennsylvania
Philadelphia

South Carolina
Charleston

Texas
Brownsville
Corpus Christi

Virginia
Wakefield

Washington, DC
Baltimore/Washington


Tornadic Impacts Definitions
Read this office's detailed Hurricane Local Statement

Low Threat - An elevated threat to life and property; a 5 to 14% probability of tornadoes.

Minimum Action - Prepare for the likelihood of isolated to scattered tornadoes of EF-0 to EF-1 intensity.

Potential Impact - A low impact to communities within the specified area. Isolated to scattered locations may experience minor to moderate tornado damage.

Moderate Threat - A significant threat to life and property; a 15 to 29% probability of tornadoes.

Minimum Action - Prepare for the likelihood of scattered tornadoes of EF-0 to EF-1 intensity. However, the likelihood of an isolated EF-2 tornado is increasing.

Potential Impact - A moderate impact to communities within the specified area. Scattered locations may experience minor to moderate tornado damage. Some tornadoes may have longer damage tracks.

High Threat - A critical threat to life and property; a 30 to 44% probability of tornadoes.

Minimum Action - Prepare for the likelihood of scattered tornadoes with isolated tornadoes of EF-2 to EF-5 intensity.

Potential Impact - A high impact to communities within the specified area. Isolated locations may experience major tornado damage, among scattered locations of minor to moderate tornado damage. Some tornadoes may have longer damage tracks.

Extreme Threat - An extreme threat to life and property; a 45% probability (or greater) of tornadoes.

Minimum Action - Prepare for the likelihood of many tornadoes (even families) with scattered tornadoes of EF-2 to EF-5 intensity.

Potential Impact - An extreme impact to communities within the specified area. Scattered locations may experience major tornado damage, among many locations of minor to moderate tornado damage. Some tornadoes may have longer damage tracks.

EF-0 Tornadoes Weaker tornadoes on the Enhanced Fujita (EF) Scale causing minor damage. Damage to chimneys, porches, screen houses, and lighter-weight outbuildings; a few downed trees and power lines; large signs blown over. Tornado wind speeds of 65 to 85 mph.

EF-1 Tornadoes Moderate tornadoes on the Enhanced Fujita (EF) Scale causing moderate damage. Mobile homes moved off foundations or overturned; roof surfaces peeled off buildings; cars blown off roads; several large trees downed and some power outages. Tornado wind speeds of 86 to 110 mph.

EF-2 to EF-5 Tornadoes Strong to violent tornadoes on the Enhanced Fujita (EF) Scale causing major damage (up to complete destruction). Mobile homes completely demolished; numerous large trees snapped off, totally uprooted, or debarked; small debris objects (lawn mowers, smaller sections of roofs) become airborne missiles. Significant power outages over larger areas. Structural damage to sturdy buildings, especially roof and wall failures. In the worst situations, well-constructed walls fail or are even removed; large debris objects (cars, larger sections of roofs) become airborne missiles causing further structural failures. Tornado wind speeds 111 mph or greater; in the worst situations 200 mph or greater.

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