According to the National Weather Service (NWS) of Shreveport an EF-1 tornado touched down in Ringgold last Saturday evening, April 15, in between 6:30- 6:42 p.m. The tornado traveled approximately 2.4 miles, crossing both Highway 4 and Highway 154, reaching an estimated win speed of 104 miles per hour.
Many residents detailed strong winds and baseball size hail across the Ringgold, Jamestown and Castor area of the parish.
The only damages reported were multiple trees down across both Highway 4 and 154. Many properties had fallen trees and one on a home in Ringgold.
According to Bienville Parish Sheriff John Ballance, the Louisiana Department of Transportation Department (DOTD) was called out for tree cutting. Bienville Parish Fire District 4 and 5 assisted in the clearing and removal.
No injuries or deaths occurred during this storm.
The National Weather Service urges residents to make sure they have their devices enabled to receive Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA). WEAs are sent by authorized government alerting authorities such as the NWS, FEMA, the Department of Homeland Security as well as local and state public safety agencies. These alerts are sent out to alert residents when a tornado, flash flooding evacuation order or other immediate emergency is happening.
For instructions on how to enable these alerts on your phone or other devices please visit https://weather.com/news/news/2021-03-25-how-to-get-wireless-emergency-alerts-cell-phone-severe-weather
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