The National Weather Service has confirmed three tornadoes touched down in Acadiana early Saturday morning.
The strongest tornado was in Lafayette Parish in the Carencro area. Weather officials say the tornado touched down between University Avenue and Patin Road where it damaged several homes and businesses. Meteorologists believe the tornado traveled 4.5 miles. Maximum wind speeds reached 115 miles per hour, making this an EF-2 tornado.
Patricia Deville in St. Landry Parish says she and her husband were about to eat breakfast between 5:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. when they heard the wind take away their roof and porch. This tornado was classified as an EF-1, with winds of 110 miles per hour and traveled 1.25 miles. This tornado also snapped multiple trees, caused minor roof damage to several houses, and ended near Aldes Road.
In St. Mary Parish, an EF-0 tornado touched down briefly, destroying the Plantation Inn’s roof in St. Mary Parish. The 80 mile per hour tornado traveled .3 miles, where it crossed Highway 90 and dissipated in the marsh.