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Mar 21, 2012 7:05 PM by Shawn Kline

Tornados rip-up parts of Abbeville

Two more tornados touched down near Abbeville Wednesday morning. One near LA-14 and another on Rice Cove Road near the jail.

"The whole back roof, patio, car port, the shed," Kenneth Bourgeois said. "It destroyed everything."

Bourgeois woke up Wednesday morning he says, 'lucky to be alive.'

"You could hear it coming," Bourgeois said.

An EF-1 tornado carrying wind speeds of up to 111 miles per hour passed by his home.

"When I opened the front door, it didn't look bad." Bourgeois says, "when I opened the back door, it didn't look good at all."

Now, bourgeois covers his home with a blue tarp just to stay dry and that's not the only place a twister touched down.
Just minutes away, Barton Choate picks-up after another cyclone passed near LA-14, tossing sheds across the street, knocking down power lines, and blowing-out the rear window of a sheriff's patrol car.

"It actually picked one of these buildings up," Choate said. "(the tornado) threw it over there and these buildings are solid."

All the damage, costing thousands of dollars, in a matter of seconds.

"I've got a wife, two grandchildren, a daughter that lives here," Bourgeois said. "I don't know what I'm going to do."

So far, no major damage from flooding but more so, tornado damage in Abbeville. No injuries were reported..

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