Ike-spawned tornado rips Mamou neighborhood

Hurricane Ike-interrupted power was restored in Eunice by noon Saturday.

Power was interrupted about 11 p.m. Friday as winds from Ike began to intensify across Acadiana.

The outreaches of Ike blew at tropical storm force through the night but damage in the city, police said, was very light.

Most limbs and branches inclined to fall were pruned on Sept. 1 by Hurricane Gustav, leaving the strongest intact. Some fell early today, but for the most part debris stacked up around the city is left over from Gustav.

That is not the case in Mamou, where a tornado struck on the east side of town late Friday afternoon, destroying a mobile home and damaging several other structures.

The twister struck at L'Anse Meg Road, tearing up the house of Cleveland Fontenot as he crouched under a kitchen island, before it ripped apart a mobile home at 250 Point St., then northwest across South Road, leaving damage in its wake along Elm and other streets.

Mamou police said one man received minor injuries.

The twister then lifted and touched down again near Vidrine, several miles to the north of Mamou and damaged several residences.

Other tornadoes were reported by the National Weather Service late Friday night in the corridor from Lawtell, east of Eunice, to Mam-, but apparently did no damage in populated areas.

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