A National Weather Service Damage Assessment Team has surveyed the storm damage in Ascension Parish near the city of Gonzales, LA. It has been determined the damage was the result of a tornado. The tornado has been rated an EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Damage estimates were consistent with winds of 90 mph.
From the Local Storm Report:
TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF AIRLINE HIGHWAY AND BLACK BAYOU ROAD. IT RIPPED A METAL ROOF OFF OF A BOAT DEALERSHIP AND SHATTERED THE WINDSHIELD OF 10 CARS AT A CAR DEALERSHIP. AN EYEWITNESS ALSO SAW SMALL PICKUP TRUCK LIFTED INTO THE AIR ABOUT 20 FT AND CAME BACK DOWN ON ITS WHEELS. THE TORNADO TRACKED TO THE EAST ALONG BLACK BAYOU ROAD CAUSING SPORADIC TREE DAMAGE AND MINOR ROOF DAMAGE TO A FEW RESIDENCE. BEFORE THE TORNADO CROSSED OVER HIGHWAY 44 IT IMPACTED A FIRE STATION BLOWING IN 2 LARGE OVERHEAD DOORS AND BLOWING OUT 3 LARGE OVERHEAD DOORS ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE BUILDING. A NEARBY METAL FRAME BUILDING WAS HEAVILY DAMAGED. THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO THE EAST AND LIFTED BEFORE REACHING OTT RD.