National Weather Service: EF-1 and EF-0 tornadoes touched down in Evangeline Parish

Posted at 1:04 PM, May 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-20 14:13:13-04

The tornado that hit Ville Platte over the weekend has been classified as an EF-1.  The peak wind speeds were 90 miles per hour.  The National Weather Service says it started at 5:50 a.m. and ended at 5:50 a.m.  It touched down on the southern end of the city, south of West Hickory Street.  It then crossed Main Street and W. Lasalle Street, snapping numerous trees and power poles.  It then traveled parallel to Tate Cove Road, dissipating near the Tate Cove and Theophile Road intersection.

In Mamou, the tornado that hit was classified as an EF-0 with a peak wind speed of 85 miles per hour.  It started at 5:42 a.m. and ended 5:43 a.m.  Officials say the tornado briefly touched down along Gradney Lane, pulling a manufactured home off of its blocks and into the intersection.  It then crossed L’anse Meg Road before dissipating in a nearby field.

Tracking the storm from start to finish:

Jasper, TX saw an EF-1 tornado at 1:21 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.  It severely damaged a mobile home and snapped pine trees.

Singer, TX saw an EF-1 tornado at 3:14 a.m. to 3:18 a.m.  It snapped or uprooted pine trees in its path.

Singer, TX saw another EF-1 tornado at 3:19 a.m. to 3:24 a.m.  It damaged several mobile homes and barns.

Deridder, LA saw an EF-1 tornado at 3:26 a.m. to 3:30 a.m.  It snapped trees along Pine Ridge Road.

Elizabeth, LA saw an EF-1 tornado at 4:40 a.m. to 4:47 a.m.  It snapped trees and tore shingles off of a home.

Oakdale, LA saw an EF-1 tornado at 5:03 a.m. to 5:14 a.m.  It snapped trees and power poles.  Homes were damaged from the trees falling.

Ville Platte, LA saw an EF-1 tornado at 5:50 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.  It snapped trees and power poles.

Mamou, LA saw an EF-0 tornado at 5:42 a.m. to 5:43 a.m.  It relocated a manufactured home into the middle of the street.