Jan 10, 2013 4:38 PM by Tonya LaCoste
The National Weather Service confirms an EF 1 tornado touched down in Breaux Bridge just before 6:00 Thursday morning. The tornado was about fifty yards wide and three miles long, according to the NWS. "It appears that approximately 30 homes and businesses sustained minor to severe damage due to the high winds," St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office spokesperson Major Ginny Higgins said.
The hardest hit areas are the St. Charles Street/Grand Point Road area and the Roma/Guilbeau Street area in Breaux Bridge. Damage ranged from destroyed outbuildings, trees falling on houses, mobile home roofs ripped off and roof damage to homes and businesses, Higgins said.
Huron Road and Bayou Fuselier Road conditions are being monitored due to the possibility of rising water, and Alcide Bonin Road in Cecilia is currently closed due to high water. "We remind motorists to please not travel the roadways unless it is absolutely necessary. St. Martin Parish Deputies are continuing their damage assessments throughout the day today in addition to monitoring the rising water on several roadways," Higgins said.
Sand bags will be available until 5:30 p.m. today at the following locations: Ruth Barn-Ruth Bridge Hwy and South Barn-Capritto Forty Arpent Rd.
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