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Last Modified: Friday, November 01, 2013 12:44 PM
The line of thunderstorms that passed through the area Thursday morning spawned a tornado that touched down at the intersection of Big Lake and Ogea roads, damaging some outbuildings, according to the National Weather Service.
The tornado — rated an EF-0, the least severe — produced winds of about 75 mph, the weather service said.
It reportedly traveled about 1.4 miles, collapsing two sheds on Ogea Road and causing minor damage to the deck of a home and uprooting a tree on Ogea near Sancess Road.
About 2 inches of rain fell at Lake Charles Regional Airport on Thursday, meteorologist Robert Deal said.
There were reports of wind damage and flooding in the area, he said. The tin was torn off the roof of a mobile home near Grand Lake, there was flooding off Parish Road in Moss Bluff, and a metal porch ended up wrapped around power poles on Wanda Drive in DeQuincy.
Entergy’s website showed more than 2,500 homes without power in the Big Lake Road area of south Lake Charles and more than 150 outages in the Moss Bluff area.
The storm and threat of the storm affected Halloween activities in the area.
Lake Charles did not change its plans, but in the future will include an alternate date and time for Halloween activities in case of bad weather, city spokesman Scott Raymond said.
“This will allow for any group or organization planning a community event to make alternate plans as well,” he said. “Every effort will be made to give at least a 48-hour notice before we change the designated date.”