Damage reported in Livingston Parish after possible tornado touched down

Hail in the Watson area (Source: Viewer submitted)
Hail in the Watson area (Source: Viewer submitted)

LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Heavy damage has been reported in Livingston Parish after a storm system passed through the area Friday afternoon.

According to a Livingston Parish spokesperson, the most affected area is north of Walker near Hwy. 449 and Courtney Rd. Livingston Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness says about six or seven homes have been damaged on Courtney Rd.

Several massive trees were toppled over along Courtney Rd. and the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office blocked much of the roadway off to travel due to power lines being snapped as well, with many of those power lines littering the roadway.

Walker took a direct hit, but many residents are counting their blessings.

The all too familiar hum of a generator and the smell of pine overtakes Kenneth McDade's backyard. He is one of several folks in Walker without power Friday night after strong storms cut through the area earlier in the afternoon. He says it was around 3:45 p.m. when he first heard that dreaded freight train noise, which many know as the first sign of trouble.

"I've been through four to five hurricanes and I've never seen weather like this," McDade said. "I don't think it touched down, but it must have come across because I could hear it and it was swirling and the trees were going back and forth really bad."

Home alone, McDade says he has ridden out several storms in his nearly 20 years in Walker, but knew something about this one was different.

"I was running from through the back to the front just seeing, you know. You could hear trees cracking popping and like I say, it had be a little bit concerned," McDade added.

The number of trees uprooted in his neighborhood is endless, clearly demonstrating the aftermath of the sheer might of Mother Nature. In all about a half a dozen homes were damaged in Walker. McDade was one of the lucky ones. A massive oak tree came down in his back yard but seemingly left his home and his shed unscathed.

"It's all up against it, but I don't see really any damage other than probably got some leaks," said McDade.

As crews begin the process of cleaning up and getting power restored, McDade considers himself blessed, having lived through something that could have been much worse.

"I was fortunate... very fortunate," McDade added.

While residents in the area have plenty of hard work ahead of them, fortunately, there have been no reported injuries following Friday's strong storms.

Additionally, officials with the Walker Police Department say a tree fell on a vehicle while a woman was inside the car. This incident occurred on Hodges Ln. near Bergeron Ln. Thankfully, the woman was unharmed.

There have also been reports of severe weather, including hail, in the Central area of East Baton Rouge Parish and in the Prairieville area of Ascension Parish.

The American Red Cross has been working officials after the severe weather in the capital area, says Nancy Malone, public affairs director. Disaster response volunteers are responding in places like Baton Rouge and White Castle, where homes were damaged. Red Cross volunteers are working with affected residents, providing direct assistance, kits with cleaning supplies, and tarps.

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Earlier this morning a confirmed tornado hit Baton Rouge and there was also major damage in Iberville Parish due to a suspected tornado. Some residents also reported severe weather in White Castle.

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