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Posted: Tuesday, 21 May 2013 9:10AM

Deadly tornadoes not as common in LA, but they happen



Louisiana is certainly not immune to destructive weather, not even deadly super-tornadoes. Although they don't happen often, they have happened, and they have been killers.

The eighth deadliest tornado in U.S. history happened on the Northshore.

"In Amite, Louisiana, in Tangipahoa Parish, and also on a track up towards Purvis, Mississippi, 143 people were killed in that storm," said National Weather Service Forecaster Tim Destri. "April 24th, way back in 1908."

Destri says even though areas closer to the coast, south of I-10 in the New Orleans area, usually don't see twisters that severe, the EF-4 tornado from 105 years ago proves they do sometime happen here.

In more recent history, an EF-5 tornado touched down near Delhi, in northeastern Louisiana, in 1971. That tornado crossed the river and continued its path of destruction into Mississippi. It killed 47 people.

Click here to see a larger version of the above image, of the aftermath of the 1940 Amite tornado, courtesy Southeastern Louisiana University.  (This image was earlier incorrectly captioned as being from the 1908 tornado.)


Click here for a list of the deadliest tornadoes of all time...

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