One victim identified in deadly tornado in Convent, La.

Neighborhoods surrounding Sugar Hill RV Park see extensive damage during storms

CONVENT, LA (WAFB) - One of the people killed in the deadly tornado that hit Convent, La. has been identified as 58-year-old David Eugene Swann from Satsuma, Alabama, according to WAFB's Kevin Frey.

Two people were killed in the storm, and 30 were injured.

Since they started keeping records in 1950, there has never been a deadly tornado in St. James Parish. That all changed Tuesday night.

Several crews were seen coming in and out of Convent today. People were dragging their belongings, taking what little remains with them. Some came to remove their RV altogether.

The damage extends beyond the Sugar Hill RV Park. Nearby streets are littered with debris, some homes are destroyed.

"We all clutched with each other, the walls was falling, my leg got caught between the back wall on the way out, but that back wall happened to fall out and we just went on ahead out -- I don't know what happened, it was a horrific moment at the time," said survivor Frank Hill.

A woman saw the pictures of the damage on the news and decided she wanted to help. She is not associated with the Red Cross or Salvation Army.

"We just dropped off some here and came across and saw all the damage and just wanted to help -- we're only one person but we can and do make a difference, so that's just what we're doing," said Angela Howell of Gonzales, La.

Howell says she has never been to Convent before, but she is just one of the many who are helping the community pull things together after the tragedy.

Governor John Bel Edwards has issued a proclamation declaring a state of emergency in seven parishes affected by the severe weather.

Edwards declared a state of emergency in Assumption, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist and Washington parishes.

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