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Acadiana Weather: Viewer submitted photos and video

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Posted at 2:23 PM, May 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-17 22:49:54-04

We're collecting video and photos from viewers who have captured what's happening with Acadiana's weather today.

If you have some, please send it to us via news@katctv.com or through our Facebook page.

We've checked with officials in Acadia, Jeff Davis and St. Landry parishes about what our viewers have seen.

Here are the photos and video we have so far, by parish:

ACADIA PARISH

Officials say they're still assessing a few reports of damage. A possible tornado was spotted near Lyons Point Highway, and another was seen near the parish line. No road closures yet. A house's roof was heavily damaged in the Lyon's Point area, Acadia Sheriff's deputies say. No one was home at the time, and no injuries have been reported.

Image below are from Jennifer Thompson near Lyons Point. The image of what appears to be a tornado can be seen in the far distance.

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Lyons Point weather

Possible tornado reported in Lyons Point area

This image from one KATC viewer shows the roof of a home that was damaged Monday at the corner of Margaret Street and East "G" Street in Rayne:

Here's video from that same home:

CALCASIEU

Matthew Babineaux sent us this video from Lake Charles, and he's asking that people please stay off the roads - you could be pushing water into someone's home!

State Police say that several streets are flooded in Lake Charles and surrounding areas due to heavy rain. Unnecessary travel in affected areas is discouraged. Motorists may call 511 or visit 511la.org for additional information concerning travel conditions. Out-of-state travelers may call 1-800-ROAD-511 (1-800-762-3511).

JEFF DAVIS

In Jeff Davis, there was some storm damage reported in Lacassine, a possible tornado. Not life threatening. Still being assessed.

The Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff office is handling emergency calls on Ava lane where several travel trailers have been turned over from the storm, unsure if it was tornado or high winds.

Trees and power lines also down in some areas. Roads that are reported flooded and impassable: Martin Luther King Drive and Leonard Road at US 190; Pousson road and nearby areas in Lacassine are also flooded.

Please stay off flooded roadways, don’t drive into standing water.

Here's a picture from the Sheriff's Office of an overturned camper on Ava Road:

A sheriff's spokesman said it was one of three that was turned over by either a tornado or very high winds. He said folks are living in the campers because of the hurricane; he believes only minor injuries were sustained.

An ambulance checked out the residents but he doesn't believe anyone was transported.

LAFAYETTE

Flooding near UL Campus left cars submerged and students stranded. Video shows people moving vehicles and check for people inside.

Vehicles submerged as high water floods near UL

Here's video from Lauren Burns from Downtown Lafayette:

This video courtesy of Marie Centanni shows flooding on St. Mary St. and University Ave.:

Here are some pictures Jeffrey Teufel sent us, from Downtown Lafayette, near Pop's and Spoonbill:

Here's some footage from Jaden Crochet, from the CVS on Moss Street:

Here is an image of Simcoe and Ninth Street in Lafayette from Seth Rider:

ST. LANDRY

And in St. Landry, several people reported seeing a possible tornado, but no damage reports have come in so far.

Here's a shot from Nick Lalonde, taken near Port Barre:

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Video from Kayla Richard shows the tornado activity in St. Landry Parish

Possible tornado spotted in St. Landry Parish (Kayla Richard)