Tornado reported in Concordia ParishPublished 12:11am Friday, February 22, 2013
CLAYTON — Clayton resident Louise Mayse got quite a scare Thursday evening after what appeared to have been a tornado ripped off the back half of Mayse’s mobile home with her family inside.
“Everyone is OK, but they sure were scared,” said Mayse, who was in Ferriday when the tornado hit her Louisiana 65 home. “It really upset me.”
The tornado also knocked the home off its foundation, Mayse said.
National Weather Service Jackson meteorologist David Cox said based on a photograph the NWS received and damage reports, the tornado touched down at approximately 5 p.m.
“Just based on the photo, it was more than likely a tornado, but we can’t confirm that until we come out and do a survey,” Cox said. “It doesn’t look like it was a particularly large tornado.”
The National Weather Service will send a team to survey the damage today, Cox said.
The tornado got as close as approximately three-quarters of a mile from the Lake Concordia home of Jeffery Ross and Leslie Parker.
“My fiancé was outside, and he hollered for me to get the baby inside,” Parker said.
Parker said she took their four-year-old son, Keaton, inside until Ross assured her it was safe to come outside and look.
“It looked like it funneled down and picked back up and was kind of winding,” Parker said.
Ross said the tornado looked like it headed toward the Lake St. John area. He said he drove around in Ferriday and did not see any damage.
Clayton Mayor Rydell Turner drove out to the Mayse’ home to help the family cover their belongings. He said he received a report of one other roof blown off a house in Clayton, but no injuries.
“I think everyone made it out of it OK,” he said.