Thursday, December 5 2013 11:20 AM EST2013-12-05 16:20:45 GMT
A Sikorsky S76 helicopter crashed at Port Fourchon at about 8 a.m. on Thursday, KATC-TV 3 reports.According to federal officials, the helicopter was attempting to leave a field when the wind shifted, causingMore >>
A Sikorsky S76 helicopter crashed at Port Fourchon at about 8 a.m. on Thursday, KATC-TV 3 reports.More >>
Thursday, December 5 2013 9:25 AM EST2013-12-05 14:25:11 GMT
The holiday season is supposed to be the "most wonderful time of the year." But for those who have lost a loved one, Christmas can be very blue - lasting into the start of a new year. December 5th marksMore >>
The holiday season can be very blue for someone who has lost a loved one. KPLC's Britney Glaser finds out how to find joy in new traditions and move past holiday depression.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 11:33 PM EST2013-12-05 04:33:22 GMT
Don Dixon will remain the city's top cop. The Lake Charles City Council unanimously approved to reappoint Dixon to another six-year term as Chief of Police -- a position he's held for 12 years. DixonMore >>
Don Dixon will remain the city's top cop. The Lake Charles City Council unanimously approved to reappoint Dixon to another six-year term as Chief of Police -- a position he's held for 12 years.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 10:33 PM EST2013-12-05 03:33:57 GMT
What's been done is nice, but the bond money budgeted for the Enterprise Boulevard Extension Project has taken the road as far as it can go. "Knowing that we could not cover that amount to go all theMore >>
How to proceed with the Enterprise Boulevard Extension Project? That's the question city officials hope a joint study with the state will help identify. However, as KPLC's Lee Peck reports, it's going to cost some money to get those answers - money some on the council believe is a waste of taxpayer dollars.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 7:19 PM EST2013-12-05 00:19:06 GMT
Nearly 60 dogs from the Calcasieu Animal Shelter are headed to Florida on a 'rescue ride' where dog advocates say their chances of adoption are astronomical. Nathan Areno, Director of Animal ServicesMore >>
Nearly 60 dogs from the Calcasieu Animal Shelter are headed to Florida on a 'rescue ride' where dog advocates say their chances of adoption are astronomical.
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Many people in the Tri-State remember the Super Outbreak of Tornadoes of 1974.
In less than 24 hours on April 3 and 4, 1974, a total of 148 tornadoes touched down in the United States. To this day, it continues to be called 'The Super Outbreak of Tornadoes' and is the standard against which all other tornado outbreaks are judged.
The numbers are astounding, 7 – F5 tornadoes touched down. Along with the Sayler Park tornado was the infamous Brandenburg, KY and the deadliest of all, the 148 Xenia, OH tornado.
The Xenia tornado took the lives of 33 people in 37 minutes. 1,150 were injured during the 52 mph frenzied rampage of 32 miles by this multiple vortex monster.
Brandenburg, KY did not fare much better. The death toll there was 31 but there were only 270 injuries. The storm was slower than Xenia moving at 39 mph.
Both pleasant small cities were devastated.
Luckily the death toll for the Sayler Park tornado was lower. Only 3 lost their lives while 210 were injured. Despite the lower tolls, this F5 was historic.
The Sayler Park Tornado:
Was the most photographed tornado in history up to that time.
Was the only tornado of all 148 on the ground in three states.
Crossed the Ohio River twice from Ohio County, IN into Boone County, KY then crossed the river again into Hamilton County, OH.
Was the first time the enlargement of a tornado's condensation funnel was photographically documented while moving through the moist air of a river valley.
Was determined to have upward moving air at about 165 mph by Dr. T. Fujita analyzing debris patterns on film shot by local residents.
Traveled at 55 mph and ended its life as a classic rope tornado. Storm chasers say it "roped out".
Find out more about local tornadoes and information by visiting FOX19 Chief Meteorologist Steve Horstmeyer's blog: