Acadia Parish spared from disaster
ACADIA PARISH – It is always someone’s turn when severe weather come into the area.
This time, it appears areas like Gueydan and Lake Arthur took the worst damage with reports of tornadoes touching down in the towns, while Acadia Parish was lucky.
In the Lake Arthur are, the National Weather Service Storm Survey has confirmed that an EF1 tornado hit just south of the city for two miles. They say the tornado was 40 yards wide.
Reports are that 20-30 homes were damaged, numerous trees were blown down and antennas were blown off the top of a water tower.
By 11 a.m., Red Cross was in Lake Charles to provide assistance to the area.
In the Gueydan area, another tornado appears to have hit the area.
There was a substantial amount of residential damage south of Gueydan along LA 91, between La. Hwy. 332 and Verda Road according to the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office (VPSO).
LA 91 in that area was closed due to down power lines.
At least one home was destroyed and several other homes were knocked off of their blocks.
VPSO also reports that a tornado touched down just south of Abbeville. There, a camper and residences had moderate to severe damage.
No injuries have been reported in either areas by VPSO.
Classes were cancelled in both parishes for public and private schools early Wednesday morning.
Acadia Parish was hit with power outages in the Morse area and strong winds. There was also high waters reported in the Richard School area, but no reports of tornado damage were reported in the area.
Schools were closed in Acadia Parish early Wednesday morning as well.
The Pontoon Bridge near Estherwood also remains closed due to last week’s and Wednesday’s rains.