Louisiana Mother And Her 3-Year-Old Daughter Are Killed In Tornado

A reported tornado left damage in Alexandria, Louisiana.

The St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office in Louisiana said a possible tornado slammed through Breaux Bridge, flipping a mobile home and killing a 38-year-old woman and her 3-year-old daughter.

Eyewitnesses at the scene told KLFY.com that there were other injuries due to the twister.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed portions of the state in the "high risk" category for tornadoes which is rare for Louisiana, the governor's office said in a statement.

"It was a tragedy that could have been even worse", Maj. "It's one of very few times in our history when we've dealt with a storm system which will affect the entire state". "I hate that it happened".

John Bel Edwards warned residents throughout Louisiana to batten down the hatches as storms that have already killed a mother and daughter in Acadiana will flash throughout the night across the state.

Confidence is increasing for a severe weather event to take place across Central Georgia Monday afternoon and evening.

"For those residents in homes like that, it would be best for them to stay with a friend or a family member because of the possibility of tornadoes", he said.

Large hail about an inch and a half in diameter also could damage roofs and automobiles, which should be parked in garages or carports to be safe.

Lightning was suspected of having started the fire, Clarence Reese, emergency management officer for the Shreveport Fire Department, told NBC affiliate KTAL.

Edwards signed the statewide declaration Monday before embarking on a trip to survey storm damage in Rapides and St. Martin parishes.

Almost 6,000 were without power in Louisiana Sunday evening, according to Cleco.

In Shreveport, Louisiana, firefighters successfully performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation Sunday morning on a family's dog when it was found unresponsive after the home caught fire, fire crews said.

  • Salvatore Jensen