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Louisiana tornado – One dead and several injured as twister rips through state leaving trail of destruction

ONE person was killed after a storm ripped through a rural area of Louisiana on Sunday night.

The victim was in their mobile home when the reported tornado lifted the trailer onto a nearby highway in Acadia Parish near Church Point, authorities said.

At last six others were wounded as the killer storm howled through the southern state.

Terrifying footage has emerged showing another twister forming near the town of Mamou, around 40 minutes drive north west of Church Point.

Thankfully, that cyclone did not leave any locals injured although some homes were damaged and trees wrenched from the ground.

The National Weather Service (NWS) office in Lake Charles has issued a tornado warning for Acadia Parish for a radar-indicated tornado in the area.

Church Point Police Chief Dale Thibodeaux said the town received "very minimal damage" from the savage twister.

On Facebook, he wrote: "Just out of town our neighbors to the North of us on La Highway 751 were not so lucky.

"I ask everyone to please pray for our neighbors in the Acadia and St Landry Parish area on Highway 751. Our Hearts and Prayers go out to you at this tragic time."

Local resident Tracy Freeman Thibodeaux said the twister smashed into her daughter's trailer while she and her four kids were inside.

Luckily, none of the family were killed.

Posting a pictured of the crumpled home on Facebook, she said: “This is her trailer. Across the street from where it was supposed to be. They were inside.”

Church Point local Wyatt Thibodeaux said he could see the storm raging towards his home right before it struck.

He told KLFY-TV: “[I] took off running towards the shop. going the opposite way, sounded like a freight train when it hit.”

Storm season usually peaks in May with more than 250 twisters howling through the US.


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