NWS determines cause of weather damage as EBR residents clean up

NWS determines cause of weather damage as EBR residents clean up

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - National Weather Service had investigators on the ground in Baton Rouge Tuesday surveying the damage to see if a tornado hit some neighborhoods. They determined the damage from Monday's storm was likely caused by intense straight-line winds.

"I think that your first reaction when you see some intense damage, whether it's to your house or some large trees," Frank Revitte, a National Weather Service meteorologist said. "That it's tornado related, but that's not always the case. We've seen fairly substantial damage with just straight-line winds at 70 or 80 miles an hour."

Revitte said Monday's storm was very strong and caught some off guard.

"I think it was probably one of the more intense squall lines I've seen down here in the last 20 years," Revitte said. "It was very intense and it produced a lot of wind damage all across the southern third of the state.

"When you go all the way over to the Sabine River in Texas, you had wind damage from there all the way across to the Baton Rouge area and down to the New Orleans area. So it was a long-lived and fairly intense episode here."

Residents in Baton Rouge spent the better part of Tuesday cleaning up limbs and leaves left over from the storm.
Deborah Muller has lived in her neighborhood near the LSU lakes for more than 50 years. She said she was surprise at how dark it got.
"I've never seen it like that before," Muller said. "I've never seen it get as dark as that, and a lot of my neighbors said the same thing. My lights went out right away, so I had things from hurricanes we've had in the past, so out came everything."

Alex Juan at the USS Kidd says that they are ready to reopen Wednesday. They have temporarily repaired the museum building roof. It was damaged Monday in the storm. Juan says they will know more about a permanent roof fix after they talk with the Office of Risk Management.

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