October 26, 2014 5:41 PM
WEST MONROE, La. (AP) - The tornadoes that hit Ouachita Parish on Oct. 13 did millions of dollars in damage, but officials don't know whether it will be enough to qualify the parish for help from the Federal Emergency Management Administration. Total damages are well over FEMA's $6.3 million threshold... more »
February 22, 2013 8:18 AM
CLAYTON, La. (AP) - Clayton resident Louise Mayse got quite a scare after what appeared to have been a tornado ripped off the back half of her mobile home with family members inside. Mayse, who was in Ferriday when the tornado hit her La. Highway 65 home, told The Natchez... more »
January 10, 2013 7:39 PM
A January storm for the record books as around-the-clock rain leaves much of Acadiana under water. This is the worst winter flooding in Acadiana in 20 years.
Click the video link for the first block of our five o'clock coverage.
January 10, 2013 7:34 PM
Dozens of residents in Loreauville are cleaning up tonight after tornadic weather swept through the area. Cleco crews worked for several hours to restore power. Many residents are counting their blessings.
Under an ominous sky, dozens of residents on Cajun Drive in Loreauville are boarding up and trying to... more »
March 21, 2012 6:33 PM
Several Gueydan homes were destroyed and a cemetery was damaged after a tornado touched down early Wednesday morning. The EF-1 tornado stretched about 40 yards wide and winds whipped more than 100 miles per hour. "It sounded like a train whistling, and all of a sudden I felt the pressure... more »
March 5, 2012 10:29 AM
The 'Anderson' family in Duson are collecting supplies to help the hard hit areas of latest tornado disaster. They are collecting everything from bottles of water to clothing and also monetary donations.
If you'd like to help please contact the Anderson family at : 337-873-4722
Or drop items... more »
March 3, 2012 8:07 PM
A massive storm system stretching from all the way down here in the Gulf, north to the Great Lakes leaves 38 people dead across five states.
The past 24 hours have been filled with destructive, deadly weather for much of the country. Luckily we were spared here in Acadiana,... more »
March 1, 2012 7:41 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A group of community leaders from the tornado-ravaged town of Joplin, Mo., is seeking disaster-recovery lessons from their Louisiana counterparts who lived through Hurricane Katrina more than six years ago. A busload of two dozen bank executives, hospital administrators and church workers rode through the night... more »
June 28, 2011 1:30 AM
An update tonight on that massive pile of debris that's been along I-10 in Rayne since that deadly tornado in March. Rayne Mayor Jimbo Petitjean tells KATC what's left of the debris will be removed by the end of this week.
Most of the debris has already been hauled... more »
June 5, 2011 11:51 PM
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.
... more »
June 4, 2011 11:27 PM
The strong line of thunderstorms that tore through Acadiana earlier knocked out power to nearly forty five hundred Slemco customers.
Representatives say that power has been restored in some areas, but twenty two hundred are still without power in the Washington and Eunice area.
Witnesses tell Slemco that... more »
May 24, 2011 11:53 PM
As an EF-5 tornado approached Joplin, MO Sunday, Dr. David Hargroder (left) was enjoying time off at home with his wife--when they heard the sirens. The Crowley-native and his wife took cover in their basement and waited for the storm to pass. Their home did not have much damage, but... more »
May 23, 2011 6:41 AM
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - Authorities say at least 89 have died in the massive tornado that struck the southwest Missouri city of Joplin. City manager Mark Rohr announced the number at a pre-dawn news conference outside the wreckage of a hospital that took a direct hit from Sunday's storm. Rohr... more »
May 14, 2011 11:31 PM
PHIL CAMPBELL, Ala. (AP) - The first families began moving Saturday into new white FEMA trailers set up for tornado victims on U.S. 43 in Franklin County, near the storm-ravaged towns of Phil Campbell and Hackleburg. Democratic state Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow of Red Bay said five families were moving... more »
May 1, 2011 2:02 PM
As storms travelled through Alabama last week, also travelling in the state a group of middle school students from Lafayette.
It was a field trip these student won't soon forget and a KATC exclusive as parents and students spoke only with us when they returned home.
"It was... more »
April 24, 2011 2:21 PM
BRIDGETON, Mo. (AP) - Many of the people gathered for Easter services in the area around St. Louis' Lambert Airport are thanking God for sparing them from what could have been a killer tornado that struck two days earlier.
Early warnings and common sense also helped account for the... more »
April 16, 2011 3:26 PM
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama official says three adult family members have died when a tornado hit a home in central Alabama. Autauga County Chief Deputy Sheriff Joe Sedinger tells The Associated Press the three were killed late Friday night in the Boone's Chapel community of the county, about... more »
April 12, 2011 1:57 AM
If you've driven along I-10 in Acadia Parish in the past month, chances are you've seen the enormous pile of debris along the side of the interstate in Rayne. The debris is from last month's deadly and destructive tornado, and as the city cleaned up, the patch of land near... more »
March 14, 2011 12:28 PM
The Red Cross released this story and update:
American Red Cross volunteers Don Stamper and Jean Lanier were sitting on the front steps of a Rayne house last week talking to a family whose home was damaged during the tornado. The steps that had led to the front... more »
March 12, 2011 5:07 PM
In Rayne, officials say they're already making progress even though it has not been a week since the tornado. So far, volunteers have reached out to 514 homes by giving people furniture, appliances and clothing. Last Saturday, a tornado destroyed dozens of homes,cars and even uprooted trees. Cheryl Richard, Raynes... more »
March 9, 2011 7:23 PM
Crews are still cleaning the streets of Rayne after Saturday's tornado. Hundreds of volunteers have been working to make progress, but residents say there is still much more work to be done. Erica Hulin lost her home in the 135 mile per hour tornado. She said it's the most terrifying... more »
March 8, 2011 12:53 PM
The City of Rayne administration is pleased to announce that the Louisiana Baptist Convention has brought in several work crews with heavy equipment. The crews are trained volunteers and have experience with disaster recovery.
If you have downed trees or limbs on your property that is a result of... more »
March 6, 2011 12:18 AM
Officials say an early morning tornado claimed a woman's life and injured 11 people Saturday morning. Dozens of power lines went down, several gas leaks were reported and tops were ripped off of homes. The town's mayor, Jim Petitjean called for a mandatory evacuation in northwest Rayne. About fifteen-hundred had... more »
March 6, 2011 12:04 AM
Among all the damage in Rayne Saturday, at least twelve injuries and one death.
A young mother, Jalisa Granger, was in her home when a tree came crashing down. The victim's uncle spoke with KATC's Tracy Wirtz.
Click on the video attached for more details.
April 26, 2010 10:28 AM
At Least 10 people were killed by a nearly mile wide tornado that swept through central Mississippi over the weekend. Hundreds of homes were also destroyed as the tornado forged a path of destruction across the state into Alabama. Rescuers and survivors searched the debris Sunday for anyone who might... more »
December 29, 2009 1:45 PM
After an F2 tornado hit Gueydan on Christmas Eve, those whose homes were damaged had a lot of work to do.
KATC caught up with some of the residents Tuesday morning to see how the clean up is coming along.
Houses on South 2nd Street were torn apart,... more »
December 27, 2009 10:43 PM
Double devastation for a Church Point group that serves the community.
The Christmas Eve tornado caused a tree to topple over onto The Food Pantry destroying it. The "Community Investors" pantry provided free supplemental food for more than 300 families.
The group's "World Wide Learning Center" featured on... more »
December 24, 2009 6:20 PM
An EF2 Tornado ripped through Vermilion Parish in the town of Gueydan around 8am this morning.
Those who live just south of the city are now left without electricity and running water. Some are even without a house. "I heard a noise and it sounded like a freight train... more »
December 24, 2009 12:24 PM
December 24, 2009 11:41 AM
Acadiana is cleaning up this Christmas Eve after an early morning filled with severe thunderstorms, hurricane forced winds and possible tornadoes. The storms are blamed for one death in Scott. Police say 44 year old Ryan Hebert died from injuries he received from a tree falling on his house. It... more »
December 24, 2009 11:28 AM
Scott Police tell us one person is dead after a tree fell on a house Thursday morning at 1204 Lafayette Street in Scott. The victim is identified as Ryan Hebert age 44. Also in the house at the was Ryan Hebert's wife and 15yr son.
December 24, 2009 11:11 AM
November 4, 2009 11:43 AM
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A man who was injured last week when a huge church steeple was toppled by a tornado says he owes his life to Shreveport police and the city's fire and rescue squads. Michael Williams spoke to reporters from his hospital bed Tuesday. The landmark steeple fell... more »
October 22, 2009 1:48 PM
JENNINGS, La. (AP) - A tornado wreaked havoc in the southwest Louisiana town of Jennings, uprooting trees, blowing down power lines and overturning at least one tractor-trailer traveling on Interstate 10. The National Weather Service in Lake Charles says the twister touched down about 1 p.m. Thursday and crossed the... more »