Flooding & Tornado Strikes Louisiana

Flood

     Southwest Louisiana is emerging from downpours that have rivers and streams at or approaching flood stage. National Weather Service hydrologist Jonathan Brazzell says flooding probably will affect mostly streets along rivers and streams. Eunice had nearly 11.2 inches of rain in the 24 hours ending at 7 a.m., and Iowa had 9.7 inches. The weather service says an industrial plant south of Plaquemine may have been damaged by a tornado Thursday morning. No injuries were reported. The Louisiana National Guard sent a high-water truck and two soldiers each to Marksville and to Crowley, where the weather service reported 9.35 inches of rain in 24 hours. Forecasters say the really bad weather is out of the state with the next wave of rain expected Saturday.

Tornado

     An EF1 tornado touched down today southeast of New Iberia, blowing homes off their foundations, snapping trees and peeling siding and roofs off mobile homes, said Mike Marcotte, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Lake Charles. It was one of three tornadoes reported today. The others were in Breaux Bridge and Iberville Parish. The Breaux Bridge tornado, also and EF1, was about 50 yards wide and three miles long. Fifty homes suffered minor to moderate damage, Marcotte said. “Two trailers were flipped, including one with an occupant inside. The occupant was not injured,” he said.

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