Evangeline

Feb 21, 2014 10:32 PM by Erin Steuber

Vidrine Residents Clean Up After EF1 Tornado

The lights are back on in Evangline Parish for more than 1,000 residents who saw some rough weather last night. On Friday, the National Weather Service surveyed the damage and officially ruled that an EF1 tornado did touch down. Reports say 10 to 20 homes, and buildings, were damaged or destroyed leaving residents to clean up the mess.

Crews worked throughout the day to restore power and help clear debris in the town of Vidrine. Thursday night an EF1 tornado left nearly 3 miles of destruction in its path. Jacob Launey was outside when the storm hit.

"I started hearing some noises I was unfarmiliar with, and quite a bit of wind. Things just didn't seem right," said Launey.

He was right. While it's considered a "weak" tornado, the EF1 storm packed a punch with 90 mile per hour winds. As the storm roared outside, Launey moved his wife and three children to an area in the middle of their house.

"We awoke to quite a mess, and a little bit of shock at the hands of mother nature. All the materialism can be replaced. We're just thankful that no one got injured," said Launey.

Several trees were knocked down. There were even reports of residents being rescued from their homes, but there are no reports of any serious injuries.

"This morning we woke up and it's devestating. It's unbelievable how it can destroy your property, and so fast," said Patsy Barbier.

According to the National Weather Service the tornado was only on the ground for two minutes, just enough time to leave its mark on Barbier's home, and property.

"It was very scary. We didn't know what to do. We just sat there and said our prays. That's all we can do," said Barbier.

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