Jun 5, 2011 11:51 PM by Chris Welty

Storms Rip Through Eunice

Hot heavy days and wild nights, that's the weather recap this weekend.

Severe storms came on the tail end of severe record heat. KATC'S Chris Welty spent Sunday in Eunice and saw the damage first hand.

"It was wicked for about 15 minutes man," said Charles Daigle.

For many residents in Eunice, 15 minutes felt like an hour as severe thunderstorms and blustery winds ripped through their town. "It turned from a few drops of rain, to ice, to maybe 50-60 mph winds."

Those winds so strong, Charles Daigle and his grandson were trapped outside trying to seek shelter. "It was so bad, we couldn't pull the door open to get into the house, even with someone on the inside trying to push it open. We couldn't open that door for nothing, all we could do was hunker down."

After the storm passed little did Daigle know how much damage it could do in just 15 minutes. "The damage was astronomical."

Throughout town shingles were missing, tree limbs littered the street, and some trees blew onto fences, houses, and even cars. Part of Central Middle School's gymnasium's roof was peeled back like an open can.

"There is still a lot of water dripping inside the gym itself, the floor is covered with sand and water. Also, there is a lot of moldy smell in there."

Throughout this trying time, residents are staying optimistic and counting their blessings. "We were fortunate to not be like some of the other states going through these horrific situations. If this is the worse that we are going to get, I'm just going to say thank God."

Many residents said they saw a twister touch down in Eunice, but reports from the National Weather Service indicate the storm was just straight line winds.

Chris Welty



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