The National Weather Service Shreveport confirmed April 30 that an EF-1 tornado struck along Sibley Lake in the Oak Grove area as part of its Damage Survey for the April 29-30 Tornado Event.
An upper level shortwave disturbance lifting north fromthe Texas Coast triggered severe thunderstorms over central Louisiana during the day on April 29, producing an EF-1 tornado along the shores of Sibley Lake as well as several areas of damaging winds.
Tornado # 1 Sibley Lake in Natchitoches Parish…
Estimated Peak Wind: 100-110 MPH
Path Length /Statute/: 1.96 Miles
Path Width /Maximum/: 290 Yards
Start Date: Apr 29 2017
Start Time: 224 pm CDT
Start Location: 3 Miles West of Natchitoches
Start Lat/Lon: 31.7571/ -93.1455
End Date: Apr 29 2017
End Time: 228 pm CDT
End Location: 1 Mile Northwest of Natchitoches
End Lat/Lon: 31.7693/ -93.1154
This EF-1 touched down along the main finger of Sibley Lake along Wilderson Road, knocking down large tree branches. As this tornado skimmed the lake’s edge, the primary damage was snapping and uprooting trees. However, one home along Lakeside Drive sustained roof damage, while another home had several windows blown out and lost some siding. One snapped tree crushed a tree house, while another landed on a workshop. The tornado also destroyed one dock. The tornado finally lifted on the north side of the lake along Johnson Lane.