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Gustnado damages home near Iota

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Thursday evening as a line of thunderstorms swept across Acadiana a gustnado formed along the leading edge in Acadia parish.

A gustnado is a short-lived, shallow vortex that forms within the downburst from a thunderstorm

The gustnado touched down about 6:40pm just to the southwest of Iota and was on the ground for less than a minute.

National Weather Service survey crews estimated that the gustnado was on the ground for 2 tenths of a miles and at its maximum was 70 yards wide with peak winds up to 80mph.

The winds caused minor damage to a home ripping off some shingles and siding.

A small storage building was also pushed off its piling by the storm.

The gustnado destroyed a large chicken coop and even tossed a couple trampolines.

One trampoline was thrown more than 300 yards and the other landed 50 yards up in a tree.

Viewer Ryan Trahan sent us some great pictures of the damage.

As we moved further into winter now is the time for us in Acadiana to prepare for severe weather as this is the time of the year(January through April) when we see a majority of our strongest storms.

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