One Reportedly Killed When Tornado Tears Through Louisiana Town
Published March 05, 2011
At least one person was killed, and 12 others injured, when a tornado struck the southwestern Louisiana town of Rayne Saturday, according to KATC.com.
Rayne Mayor Jimbo Petitjean told the website that a mother was protecting her young daughter when a tree fell on their home.
The tornado also ripped homes off their foundations and causing natural gas leaks that prompted evacuations of up to 1,500 people.
The destruction hit the Acadia Parish town of about 8,500 around 10 a.m. as a line of violent thunderstorms moved through the area.
State Police Trooper Stephen Hammons said several houses have been destroyed or damaged, and the area has been evacuated because of natural gas leaks. Utility crews were going door-to-door to check for leaks, and residents were sent to a fire station to take shelter.
"There are houses off their foundations," he said. "There are houses that have been destroyed."
There were reports of at least two ruptured gas lines, Jones said.
Trees and power lines had been knocked down across about an eighth of a mile, said Acadian Ambulance supervisor Troy Guidry. He said at least a dozen people have been taken to area hospitals, one with serious injuries.
A storm system was moving across Louisiana, and Jones said it could make its way through Mississippi and Alabama in the next day or so.
The system that hit Rayne was moving east, and conditions Jones said. A tornado watch had been issued for southeastern Louisiana, and conditions were still favorable for twisters to form, he said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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