January 12, 2005 – Largest Width for the Day

The largest width for the day is 900 yards from an F3 tornado that crossed through parts of Union County, AR in 2005.  The path length was 24 miles.  13 injuries and 2 fatalities were reported.

The NWS Summary states, "The tornado that moved through Claiborne Parish Louisiana moved northeast into Union County Arkansas."  I researched the Claiborne Parish tornado, the official end point is over Lake Claiborne well south of the Arkansas line.  Here is the NCDC report on that separate tornado.

Per the NWS Summary, some of the worst damage was found in the area from Tatum Rd, across Hwy 7 and into the vicinity of Rushwood Rd.  It was in the area of Tatum Rd through Rushwood Rd that two fatalities occurred, both of them elderly residents.

Full summary below the map.

NWS Summary:
The tornado that moved through Claiborne Parish Louisiana moved northeast into Union County Arkansas. The tornado first struck the community of Junction City, Arkansas just north of the Arkansas, Louisiana state line. From the area surveyed, the tornado was on the ground continuously from touchdown to end. For the early part of the track, the damage was confined to minor damage to homes with numerous trees downed from Junction City to near Tatum Rd approximately 8 miles south of El Dorado. In Junction City, two people were injured when a tree fell on their home as they were in bed. As the tornado approached Tatum Rd, it appears to have intensified significantly while growing wider in its destruction. It was through the area from Tatum Rd, across Hwy 7 and into the vicinity of Rushwood Rd that the storm did its greatest damage. Numerous homes, both mobile and well constructed frame homes were either destroyed or heavily damaged. A number of vehicles were rolled and tossed through the air, landing several yards from their initial location. It was in the area of Tatum Rd through Rushwood Rd that two fatalities occurred, both of them elderly residents. The majority of the injuries also occurred in this area. After leaving the Rushwood Rd area, the storm began to weaken and decreasing in path width. Except for minor structural damage to buildings in Lawson, trees downed or broken was the main damage for the latter part of the track.

Radar and Damage Photos from the NWS Shreveport Summary

Radar reflectivity of tornado in Union County, AR

Radar velocity of tornado in Union County, AR

Major damage on Tatum Road near Junction City where one fatality occurred.

The fire station in Lawson, AR, was heavily damaged.

A home destroyed by the tornado south of El Dorado, AR, just east of Hwy 7 on Rushwood Road.

A school bus overturned by the tornado in the Patterson Loop area.

A mobile home was lifted of its blocks (foreground). The mobile home was destroyed, and the debris, along with an overturned vehicle, was found in the trees in the background. This damage was located south of El Dorado, AR, between Hwy 167 and Hwy 7 on Tatum Road.

Mobile home destroyed south of Homer, LA. A person in this home was seriously injured with 4 broken ribs and a punctured lung.

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