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Last Modified: Saturday, June 28, 2014 7:19 PM
A supercell thunderstorm inundated the area with heavy showers and high wind gusts beginning Tuesday and lasting through the week.
This type of rotating storm is typical in the Midwest but is unusual for Southwest Louisiana, said National Weather Service meteorologist Donald Jones.
The storm was expected to last through Friday evening, although unrelated isolated thunderstorms are expected through Saturday night.
The weather service received two public reports of tornadoes — one a funnel cloud, the other a twister touching down — moving to the north from west of Thornwell in Jeff Davis Parish.
The weather service issued a tornado warning Friday for Cameron Parish at about 10 a.m.; one for Jeff Davis at about noon; and another for southeast Calcasieu Parish and southwest Jeff Davis at about 2:30 p.m.
No injuries or damage was reported as of Friday afternoon.
The Interstate 210 Ryan Street exit ramp was closed Friday afternoon due to severe flooding. Other roads in Lake Charles that were closed included College Street, McNeese Street, South Division Street, Fifth Avenue, parts of Kirkman and Goos streets, Louisiana Avenue and Enterprise Boulevard, according to city police.
The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning Friday afternoon for south-central Calcasieu. Forecasters warned of the possibility of large hail and damaging winds over 60 mph.
A rapid influx of rain caused localized street flooding, and temporary road closures were likely, Jones said.
The storm appeared to weaken by Friday afternoon, lessening the chance of tornadoes and large hail, Jones said. South Lake Charles and the surrounding area, however, were still receiving heavy rain well into the afternoon hours.