Residents of Allen, Evangeline, Beauregard, and Acadia Parishes all have earned the right to be very storm-weary. It seems like each of those parishes or a combination of those parishes has been affected by strong or severe storms or tornadoes each week for the past month or so. Sunday night it was Allen and Acadia parish's turn to bear the brunt of bad weather.

Investigators with the National Weather Service have released preliminary findings regarding two tornadoes that moved through the area on Sunday. First, the tornado that first touched down near Oakdale along U.S. Highway 165 about 5:40 on Sunday evening. That storm was classified as an EF-1 tornado by weather service investigators.

The second tornado which occurred in Acadia Parish first touched down about 8:34 near Gober Road and Pitreville Highway. Weather service investigators believe the storm was active and on the ground until about 8:41. That storm was classified as an EF-3 tornado.

Officials estimate that the wind speed for the Allen Parish storm peaked at about 100 miles per hour while the Acadia Parish storm which toppled trailers, destroyed homes, and flipped tractor-trailer rigs had a top wind speed of 150  miles per hour. Nine people were hospitalized because of that storm and one woman was killed. The Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office identifies her as 27-year-old Latreka Dominick.


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