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Tornadoes kill 1, leave trail of damage across southwest Louisiana

todayMay 14, 2024

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LAKE CHARLES, La. – Officials have confirmed three tornadoes tore across southwestern Louisiana on Monday, killing one person and causing extensive damage to homes and businesses in the region.Two of the twisters hit the Lake Charles area. The first started at 4:41 p.m. CT in Sulphur, just west of Lake Charles, and caused damage near a Walmart store. Damaged and overturned cars were seen in the parking lot of a strip mall across the street from the Walmart. Warehouses in the area were also damaged. The National Weather Service rated this tornado an EF-2 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, saying it had maximum winds of 120 mph.CAUGHT ON CAMERA: TORNADO TAKES OUT PART OF LOUISIANA BAR MOMENTS AFTER PATRONS RUN FOR COVERThe second began four minutes later in the Westlake neighborhood and moved southeast into Lake Charles proper. Damage to windows and roof damage to businesses and a church were reported in the area. This twister was rated an EF-1 and had maximum winds of 100 mph. HOW TO WATCH FOX WEATHERA third tornado happened about two hours later in Henderson, nearly 90 miles east of Lake Charles. Officials said a woman died from injuries she suffered when the storm flipped her camper. The Henderson tornado was rated an EF-2 with maximum winds of 120 mph.SLIDELL OFFICER’S BODYCAM SHOWS CHAOTIC RESCUE SCENE AFTER EF-2 TORNADO RIPPED THROUGH TOWNThis was one of several damaging storms that created chaos along the Gulf Coast on Monday.If Lake Charles sounds familiar, it might be because the town was hit by an EF-2 tornado about a month ago.

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