LILI

PRELIMINARY STORM REPORT

NOTE: THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS RELEASE IS PRELIMINARY.


 HIGHEST WINDS

SOUTHEAST TEXAS REGIONAL AIRPORT...KBPT...ASOS
PEAK GUST...340 DEGREES 32 KT AT 1048 AM ON THE 3rd
2-MINUTE....330 DEGREES 27 KT AT 1048 AM ON THE 3rd

LAKE CHARLES REGIONAL AIRPORT...KLCH...ASOS
PEAK GUST...350 DEGREES 41 KT AT 1103 AM ON THE 3rd
2-MINUTE....340 DEGREES 31 KT AT 1104 AM ON THE 3rd

LAFAYETTE REGIONAL AIRPORT...KLFT...ASOS
PEAK GUST...150 DEGREES 63 KT AT 1159 AM ON THE 3rd
2-MINUTE....110 DEGREES 47 KT AT 1059 AM ON THE 3rd

ACADIANA REGIONAL AIRPORT...KARA...ASOS
PEAK GUST...110 DEGREES 79 KT AT 1012 AM ON THE 3rd
2-MINUTE....130 DEGREES 52 KT AT 1014 AM ON THE 3rd
NOTE: NO DATA AVAILABLE AFTER 1017 AM ON THE 3rd

SALT POINT...KP92...ASOS
PEAK GUST...090 DEGREES 23 KT AT 1253 AM ON THE 3rd
2-MINUTE....090 DEGREES 10 KT AT 1253 AM ON THE 3rd
NOTE: NO DATA AVAILABLE AFTER 1253 AM ON THE 3rd

ALEXANDRIA INTERNATIONAL...KAEX...ASOS
PEAK GUST...020 DEGREES 52 KT AT 353 PM ON THE 3rd
2-MINUTE....030 DEGREES 33 KT AT 354 PM ON THE 3rd

ESLER REGIONAL...KESF...ASOS
PEAK GUST...060 DEGREES 28 KT AT 1203 PM ON THE 3rd
2-MINUTE....050 DEGREES 14 KT AT 1119 AM ON THE 3rd
NOTE: NO DATA AVAILABLE AFTER 1213 PM ON THE 3rd

RECORDED WIND GUSTS

CAMERON PARISH.....CAMERON..............50 MPH AT TIME UNKNOWN
JEFF DAVIS PARISH..JENNINGS.............88 MPH AT TIME UNKNOWN
ST MARY PARISH.....CYPREMORT POINT.....101 MPH AT TIME UNKNOWN
VERMILION PARISH...ABBEVILLE...........100 MPH AT TIME UNKNOWN
VERMILION PARISH...DELCAMBRE............97 MPH AT 1008 AM ON THE 3rd
VERMILION PARISH...INTRACOASTAL CITY...120 MPH AT TIME UNKNOWN

WIND GUST ESTIMATES...BASED ON NWS SURVEY

ACADIA PARISH.......CHURCH POINT.....70 TO 80 MPH
ACADIA PARISH.......CROWLEY..........80 TO 90 MPH
ACADIA PARISH.......IOTA.............60 TO 70 MPH
ACADIA PARISH.......RAYNE...........100 TO 110 MPH
ALLEN PARISH........KINDER...........40 TO 50 MPH
ALLEN PARISH........OAKDALE..........40 TO 50 MPH
ALLEN PARISH........OBERLIN..........40 TO 50 MPH
AVOYELLES PARISH....BUNKIE...........60 TO 70 MPH
AVOYELLES PARISH....MARKSVILLE.......40 TO 50 MPH
BEAUREGARD PARISH...SUGARTOWN........40 TO 50 MPH
EVANGELINE PARISH...BASILE...........60 TO 70 MPH
EVANGELINE PARISH...BAYOU CHICOT.....60 TO 70 MPH
EVANGELINE PARISH...CHATAIGNIER......60 TO 70 MPH
EVANGELINE PARISH...MAMOU............70 TO 80 MPH
EVANGELINE PARISH...VILLE PLATTE.....80 TO 90 MPH
IBERIA PARISH.......NEW IBERIA.......70 TO 80 MPH
IBERIA PARISH.......JEANERETTE.......70 TO 80 MPH
JEFF DAVIS PARISH...JENNINGS.........80 TO 90 MPH
JEFF DAVIS PARISH...WELSH............40 TO 50 MPH
LAFAYETTE PARISH....YOUNGSVILLE......70 TO 80 MPH
RAPIDES PARISH......ALEXANDRIA.......60 TO 70 MPH
RAPIDES PARISH......FOREST HILL......60 TO 70 MPH
ST LANDRY PARISH....EUNICE...........70 TO 80 MPH
ST MARTIN PARISH....ST MARTINVILLE...70 TO 80 MPH
ST MARY PARISH......FRANKLIN.........60 TO 70 MPH
VERMILION PARISH....ERATH............90 TO 100 MPH
VERMILION PARISH....GUEYDAN..........50 TO 60 MPH
VERMILION PARISH....KAPLAN...........70 TO 80 MPH
VERMILION PARISH....MAURICE..........70 TO 80 MPH


 LOWEST PRESSURE

SOUTHEAST TEXAS REGIONAL...KBPT...1001.4 MB AT 211 PM ON THE 3rd
LAKE CHARLES REGIONAL......KLCH....993.9 MB AT 1141 AM ON THE 3rd
LAFAYETTE REGIONAL.........KLFT....983.1 MB AT 1123 AM ON THE 3rd
ACADIANA REGIONAL..........KARA....984.4 MB AT 1014 AM ON THE 3rd
SALT POINT.................KP92...1005.5 MB AT 1253 AM ON THE 3rd
ALEXANDRIA INTERNATIONAL...KAEX....980.4 MB AT 441 PM ON THE 3rd
ESLER REGIONAL.............KESF....998.3 MB AT 100 PM ON THE 3rd

NOTE: DATA MISSING AFTER 1014 AM ON THE 3rd AT ACADIANA REGIONAL
      DATA MISSING AFTER 1253 AM ON THE 3rd AT SALT POINT
      DATA MISSING AFTER 100 PM ON THE 3rd AT ESLER REGIONAL

TRAINED WEATHER OBSERVER AT DELCAMBRE RECORDED 977.7 MB AT 1014 AM ON ON THE 3rd.


 RAINFALL

MAX RAIN TOTALS IN 1, 6, 12, AND 24 HR PERIODS

SOUTHEAST TEXAS REGIONAL...NO RAINFALL

LAKE CHARLES REGIONAL......1 HR...0.54 IN AT 300 PM ON THE 3rd
                           6 HR...1.76 IN AT 400 PM ON THE 3rd
                          12 HR...2.34 IN AT 400 PM ON THE 3rd
                          24 HR...2.46 IN AT 100 AM ON THE 4th
LAFAYETTE REGIONAL.........1 HR...0.87 IN AT 1000 AM ON THE 3rd
                           6 HR...2.62 IN AT 1100 AM ON THE 3rd
                          12 HR...3.97 IN AT 100 PM ON THE 3rd
                          24 HR...4.28 IN AT 100 AM ON THE 4th
ALEXANDRIA INTERNATIONAL...1 HR...1.30 IN AT 400 PM ON THE 3rd
                           6 HR...3.32 IN AT 500 PM ON THE 3rd
                          12 HR...3.60 IN AT 1000 PM ON THE 3rd
                          24 HR...4.14 IN AT 100 AM ON THE 4th
 


NWS COOPERATIVE RAINFALL REPORTS...
24 HOUR RAIN TOTALS ENDING AT 7 TO 8 AM ON THURSDAY OCTOBER 3 2002 AND FRIDAY OCTOBER 4 2002

SOUTHWEST...SOUTH CENTRAL...AND CENTRAL LOUISIANA

                              THU       FRI
      LOCATION              RAINFALL  RAINFALL
ALEXANDRIA POWER PLANT        0.75      4.95
DRY CREEK                     0.00      1.74
BUNKIE                        0.96      3.81
DEQUINCY                      0.12      1.53
DERIDDER                      0.25      1.85
ESTHER 4SSW                   1.85      2.49
EUNICE                        0.78      2.99
JENNINGS                      1.03      2.88
KINDER                        0.00      2.34
SALT WATER BARRIER            0.00      1.75
SAM HOUSTON JONES S.P.        0.00      2.13
PORT OF LAKE CHARLES          0.50      1.69
OLD TOWN BAY                  0.00      1.99
LEESVILLE                     0.00      1.47
MOSS BLUFF                    0.00      2.15
MITTIE                        0.08      2.73
ROSEPINE RESEARCH STATION     0.00      1.22
LAKE MARTIN                   1.76      2.91
PERRY                         1.92      6.65


SOUTHEAST TEXAS

                              THU       FRI
      LOCATION              RAINFALL  RAINFALL
BEAUMONT                      0.08      0.02
TOLEDO BEND RESERVOIR         0.04      0.43
BURKEVILLE                    0.00      0.94
BON WEIR                      0.00      0.71
DEWEYVILLE                    0.00      0.14
SAM RAYBURN RESERVOIR         0.05      0.05
KOUNTZE                       0.00      0.03
LUMBERTON                     0.07      0.02
ORANGE (CITY)                 0.17      0.20
ORANGE 9N                     0.22      0.15
ORANGE (NECHES RIV)           0.18      0.08


 STORM SURGE

THE CAMERON TIDE GAUGE RECORDED A MAX TIDE LEVEL OF 3.4 MLLW AT 600 AM ON OCTOBER 3 2002.

BASED ON NWS SURVEY...MAX STORM SURGE AT BURNS POINT/SALT POINT WAS 10 TO 12 FEET. A HOME THAT WAS 6 FEET OFF THE GROUND HAD 4 FEET OF WATER IN IT. THE ASOS SITE KP92 HAD DEBRIS AT THE TOP OF
A 6 FOOT CYCLONE FENCE...WHICH IS 2 FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL...INDICATING AT LEAST AN 8 FT STORM SURGE.

BASED ON NWS SURVEY...MAX STORM SURGE AT CYPREMORT POINT WAS 6 TO 8 FEET...BASED ON DISTINCT WATER MARKS ON ELEVATED HOMES. A LOCAL SHERIFF DEPUTY WHO WAS ON DUTY AT CYPREMORT POINT SAW WATER RISE
ABOVE A STOP SIGN. LOCAL RESIDENT REPORTED DEBRIS LINE 9 FEET HIGH ON HER HOME.

BASED ON NWS SURVEY...MAX STORM SURGE AT INTRACOASTAL CITY IN VERMILION PARISH WAS 6 FEET WHICH OCCURRED AT 400 PM ON THE 3rd. THIS WAS BASED ON THE WATER LEVEL AT THE CORP OF ENGINEERS OFFICE AT LELAND BOWMAN LOCKS.

MAX STORM SURGE AT DELCAMBRE IN VERMILION PARISH WAS 2 FEET IN THE EVENING OF THE 3rd. THIS WAS BASED ON INTERVIEWS WITH LOCAL RESIDENTS SHOWING HEIGHT OF THE WATER.

IN FRANKLIN...THE PECAN ACRES SUBDIVISION BARELY BEAT A 4 TO 6 FOOT STORM SURGE...ACCORDING TO THE MAYOR. SANDBAGS AND PUMPING WATER SAVED THE SUBDIVISION.

AT THE PORT OF NEW IBERIA...MEASURED STORM SURGE VALUES WERE 6.2 FT NGVD. THIS BROUGHT WATER INTO SEVERAL BUILDINGS AT THE PORT.

 

DATA FROM USGS/COE GAUGES...

     LOCATION                        DATUM  HEIGHT   DATE    TIME
                                             (FT)
SAINT MARY PARISH

WAX LAKE OUTLET NR CALUMET           NGVD     8.0  OCT 3rd  1245 PM
CREWBOAT CHANNEL NR CALUMET 10 FT    NAVD88  12.3  OCT 3rd  1045 AM
ATCHAFALAYA R NR MORGAN CITY         NGVD     7.1  OCT 3rd   215 PM
ATCHAFALAYA BAY NR EUGENE IS         NGVD     9.0  OCT 3rd   200 PM
CASTILLE PASS NR MORGAN CITY                 10.6  OCT 3rd   944 AM
GIWW AT BAYOU SALE RIDGE             NGVD     6.8  OCT 3rd   300 PM
CHARENTON DRAINAGE CANAL             NGVD     4.5  OCT 3rd   345 PM

VERMILION PARISH

GIWW AT VERMILION LOCK               NGVD     8.3  OCT 3rd   400 PM
VERMILION BAY/B. FEARMAN             NGVD    11.7  OCT 3rd   900 AM



OF INTEREST...SEVERAL RIVER GAUGES IMPACTED BY TIDAL EFFECTS ON THE WEST SIDE OF LILI RECORDED SIGNIFICANT TIDAL FALLS...INCLUDING THE CALCASIEU LAKE AT HACKBERRY...AND THE MERMENTAU RIVER AT GRAND CHENIER AND THE MERMENTARU RIVER AT MERMENTAU.


 BEACH EROSION

NWS STORM SURVEY INDICATES MINOR EROSION AT CAMERON...INTRACOASTAL CITY...AND CYPREMORT POINT.


 FLOODING

FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS WERE ISSUED FOR ACADIA...EVANGELINE...RAPIDES ...AND VERMILION PARISHES. DOPPLER RADAR AND NWS CO-OP REPORTED 5 TO 7 INCHES OF RAIN IN LESS THAN 2 HOURS IN THESE PARISHES.
FLOODING WAS MAINLY CONFINED TO STREETS....EXCEPT IN PINEVILLE WHERE WATER ENTERED A FEW HOMES. A FEW RURAL AREAS OUTSIDE OF RAYNE...CROWLEY...AND EASTERN PORTIONS OF VERMILION PARISH HAD 1
TO 2 FEET OF WATER CROSSING THEM.

SEVERAL RIVERS WENT INTO FLOOD...INCLUDING THE CALCASIEU...VERMILION...AND BAYOU NEZPIQUE. THESE RIVERS HAD MINOR FLOODING.

THE CREST ON THE CALCASIEU RIVER AT GLENMORA WAS ESTIMATED AT 13.4 FEET AT 7 AM ON OCTOBER 4 2002. THE CREST ON BAYOU NEZPIQUE AT BASILE WAS ESTIMATED AT 24.0 FEET AT 7 PM ON OCTOBER 3 2002.
THE CREST ON THE VERMILION RIVER AT SURREY STREET IN LAFAYETTE WAS 12.0 FEET AT 7 PM ON OCT 3 2002.


 TORNADOES

TORNADOES WERE REPORTED IN ACADIA...EVANGELINE...LAFAYETTE...RAPIDES...AND ST LANDRY PARISHES. MOST OF THESE TORNADOES WERE SHORT-LIVED (LESS THAN 5 MINUTES) AND SHORT PATHS (LESS THAN 3 MILES). F-SCALE DAMAGE WAS IN THE F-0 TO F-1 RANGE.

THE FOLLOWING TABLE SHOWS LOCATIONS OF TORNADOES ON OCTOBER 3:

TIME     PARISH    CITY     
-DESCRIPTION OF EVENT    

1106 AM   LAFAYETTE   LAFAYETTE
- LAFAYETTE O.E.P. REPORTED A TORNADO AT PINHOOK AND VEROT SCHOOL ROAD.

1108 AM   ACADIA      2 miles SE of CROWLEY
- NWS STORM SURVEY SHOWED TORNADO DAMAGE IN EBENEZER COMMUNITY.

1125 AM   ACADIA      2 miles N of RAYNE
- NWS STORM SURVEY SHOWED TORNADO DAMAGE NEAR ROBERTS COVE COMMUNITY.

1128 AM   LAFAYETTE   LAFAYETTE
- LAFAYETTE O.E.P. REPORTED A TORNADO AT THE CORNER OF JOHNSTON AND SOUTH COLLEGE STREETS.

1143 AM   ACADIA      ESTHERWOOD
- NWS STORM SURVEY SHOWED TORNADO DAMAGE JUST EAST OF ESTHERWOOD.

1158 AM   ACADIA      15 miles N of CROWLEY
- NWS STORM SURVEY SHOWED TORNADO DAMAGE NEAR MOWATA.

1201 PM   LAFAYETTE   1 miles E of MIRE
- LAFAYETTE O.E.P. REPORTED A TORNADO AT THE ACADIA PARISH BORDER NEAR MIRE.

1219 PM   EVANGELINE  TURKEY CREEK
- NWS STORM SURVEY SHOWED TORNADO DAMAGE SOUTH OF TURKEY CREEK.

1228 PM   ACADIA      RICHARD
- NWS STORM SURVEY SHOWED TORNADO DAMAGE NEAR RICHARD.

115 PM   EVANGELINE   MAMOU
- POLICE OFFICER SAW A TORNADO TOUCH DOWN THAT CAUSED A ROOF TO CAVE IN ON A HOME. THE PEOPLE THAT WERE TRAPPED INSIDE ESCAPED SERIOUS INJURY.

152 PM   ST. LANDRY   CHIMNEYVILLE
- HOMEOWNER REPORTED A TORNADO RIPPED THE ROOF OFF HOME.

300 PM   RAPIDES      5 miles S of ALEXANDRIA
- SKYWARN SPOTTER SAW A TORNADO DAMAGING HOMES ALONG HIGHWAY 1.

330 PM   RAPIDES      WOODWORTH
- STATE POLICE SAW A TORNADO TOUCH DOWN, CAUSING MINOR TREE DAMAGE.


 STORM EFFECTS

...NO DIRECT DEATHS OR LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES...

...ACADIA PARISH...
...ONE INDIRECT FATALITY...
...TWO INJURIES DURING THE STORM...

ONE ELDERLY WOMAN DIED FROM CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING FROM HER GENERATOR IN CROWLEY ON SATURDAY OCTOBER 5 2002. SHE HAD BROUGHT HER GENERATOR INSIDE HER HOME...FEARING IT WOULD BE STOLEN.

DURING THE STORM ON OCTOBER 3RD IN RAYNE...TWO CITY EMPLOYEES WERE TREATED AND RELEASED FROM A LOCAL HOSPITAL AFTER THE BRICK FACADE COLLAPSED AT THE FOURTH STREET WATER PLANT. THE ROOF OF THE
BUILDING BLEW OFF BEFORE THE FACADE FELL. TWO CITY VEHICLES WERE ALSO DAMAGED.

PRELIMINARY DAMAGE NUMBERS INDICATE 85 HOMES AND BUSINESSES WERE DESTROYED ACROSS ACADIA PARISH...AND ANOTHER 2540 HOMES AND BUSINESSES RECEIVED MAJOR DAMAGE.

MANY HOMES AND BUSINESSES WERE DAMAGED IN CROWLEY AND RAYNE FROM FLYING DEBRIS OR FALLING TREES. TREES AND POWER LINES WERE DOWN ALL ACROSS THE PARISH...BLOCKING SOME ROADS.

ACADIA PARISH SCHOOLS RECEIVED $1.6 MILLION WORTH DAMAGES.

...ALLEN PARISH...

SEVERAL TREES AND POWER LINES WERE BLOWN DOWN ALONG THE HIGHWAY 165 CORRIDOR...BETWEEN KINDER...OBERLIN...AND OAKDALE.

FIVE HOMES WERE DAMAGED IN OBERLIN WHEN LARGE TREES FELL ON THEM.

...AVOYELLES PARISH...

THE HARDEST HIT AREA WAS AROUND BUNKIE. SEVERAL HOMES AND BUSINESSES HAD FLYING DEBRIS OR FALLING TREES DAMAGE THEM. A FEW TELEPHONE POLES FELL ON A HIGHWAY SOUTHWEST OF BUNKIE.

A FEW HOMES AND BUSINESSES WERE DAMAGED AS FAR EAST AS MARKSVILLE FROM TREES FALLING OR FLYING DEBRIS.

... BEAUREGARD PARISH...

ONE HOME IN THE SUGARTOWN-DRY CREEK AREA WAS DAMAGED WHEN A TREE FELL ON IT. A FEW TREES ALSO FELL ACROSS OTHER SECTIONS OF EASTERN BEAUREGARD PARISH.

...CALCASIEU PARISH...

SEVERAL HOMES RECEIVED MINOR DAMAGE FROM THE HIGH WINDS...MAINLY IN THE MOSS BLUFF...LEBLEAU SETTLEMENT...AND IOWA AREAS. SEVERAL TREES AND POWER LINES WERE BLOWN DOWN.

...CAMERON PARISH...

IN DOWNTOWN CAMERON...SEVERAL HOMES AND BUSINESSES WERE DAMAGED FROM FLYING DEBRIS OR FALLING TREES. A COUPLE OF HOMES NEAR GRAND LAKE WERE DAMAGED WHEN THE WIND BLEW THEIR COVERED PORCHES OFF. BETWEEN CAMERON AND GRAND CHENIER...SEVERAL TREES WERE BLOWN ACROSS THE ROAD. THE MOST TREE DAMAGE OCCURRED IN THE EASTERN SECTION OF CAMERON PARISH...ALONG HIGHWAY 82.

...EVANGELINE PARISH...
...TWO INJURIES DURING THE STORM...
...ONE INDIRECT INJURY DURING RECOVERY...

ONE PERSON WAS INJURED DURING THE STORM ON OCTOBER 3RD WHEN THEY BROKE THEIR LEG ACCORDING TO THE EVANGELINE PARISH 911 OFFICE.

A POLICE OFFICER IN VILLE PLATTE WAS INJURED DURING THE STORM ON OCTOBER 3RD WHEN A TREE FELL ON HIS PARKED CRUISER. HE WAS TREATED AND RELEASED FROM A LOCAL HOSPITAL.

ON FRIDAY OCTOBER 4th, A VILLE PLATTE HOUSE WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED BY FIRE WHEN THE OWNER WAS TRYING TO REFUEL HIS GENERATOR AND SPILLED GASOLINE. HE RECEIVED MINOR INJURIES.

IN CHURCH POINT...THE POLICE DEPARTMENT ROOF WAS BLOWN OFF.

IN VILLE PLATTE...AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HAD TWO BUILDINGS LOSE PART OF THEIR ROOFS. MANY HOMES AND BUSINESSES RECEIVED DAMAGE TO THEIR ROOFS AND WINDOWS.

IN VIDRINE...THE HIGH SCHOOL WAS DAMAGED.

IN RURAL AREAS ACROSS THE PARISH...TREES AND POWER LINES WERE BLOWN DOWN...BLOCKING SEVERAL ROADS. MANY BARNS WERE DESTROYED.

...IBERIA PARISH...

SEVERAL HOMES RECEIVED DAMAGE ACROSS THE PARISH DUE TO FALLING TREES OR FLYING DEBRIS. SOME BUSINESSES IN NEW IBERIA RECEIVED DAMAGE TO WINDOWS.

AT ACADIANA REGIONAL AIRPORT...$100,000 DAMAGES OCCURRED TO THE HANGAR. A HELICOPTER COMPANY HAD $50,000 DAMAGES TO ITS PROPERTY.

...JEFF DAVIS PARISH...

PRELIMINARY NUMBERS INDICATE 15 HOMES WERE DESTROYED AND 200 DAMAGED ACROSS JEFF DAVIS PARISH...MAINLY FROM FALLING TREES AND FLYING DEBRIS.

IN LAKE ARTHUR...THE LARGE TREE ALONG THE LAKE WAS DAMAGED. SEVERAL HOMES HAD TREES FALL ON THEM. SOME ROADS WERE BLOCKED FROM FALLING TREES.

IN JENNINGS...WIDESPREAD DAMAGE OCCURRED AS MANY TREES AND POWER LINES CAME DOWN...SOME FALLING ON HOMES AND BUSINESSES.

BARNS WERE DAMAGED AND SHINGLES WERE BLOWN OFF SOME HOMES IN RURAL AREAS OF EASTERN JEFF DAVIS PARISH...NORTH OF JENNINGS.

A LOW TO MODERATE FISH KILL WAS REPORTED ON TUESDAY OCTOBER 8 2002 ON THE MERMENTAU RIVER NEAR LAKE ARTHUR.

...LAFAYETTE PARISH...
...ONE MINOR INJURY DURING THE STORM...

IN LAFAYETTE...A CABLE TV TOWER BLEW DOWN BETWEEN 10 AND 11 AM...AND FELL ON A HOME...TRAPPING A WOMAN INSIDE. SHE RECEIVED AN ANKLE INJURY.

IN LAFAYETTE...A TV STATION TOWER FELL ON THE ROOF NEAR THE TV STUDIO...CAUSING WATER DAMAGE INSIDE.

PLANTATION ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HAD THE LIBRARY ROOF COLLAPSE. BROUSSARD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HAD THE GYMNASIUM ROOF PEELED BACK.

SEVERAL WINDOWS WERE DAMAGED IN HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS IN DOWNTOWN LAFAYETTE.

NUMEROUS TREES AND POWER LINES WERE BLOWN DOWN ACROSS THE PARISH. SOME OF THIS DEBRIS LANDED ON HOMES...DAMAGING ROOFS AND WINDOWS.

...RAPIDES PARISH...
...NUMEROUS TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS DURING THE STORM...

AROUND ALEXANDRIA...SEVERAL PEOPLE WERE INJURED IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS DURING THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM.

ALEXANDRIA AND PINEVILLE HAD MINOR WIND DAMAGE...BUT RURAL AREAS AROUND CHENEYVILLE...FOREST HILL...GLENMORA...LECOMPTE...AND WOODWORTH RECEIVED MORE SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE. SEVERAL HOMES AND
BUSINESSES WERE DAMAGED FROM FLYING DEBRIS OR FALLING TREES. MANY HOMES LOST SHINGLES OR TIN WAS PEELED FROM THE ROOF IN RURAL LOCATIONS.

MAJOR COTTON CROP LOSSES OCCURRED IN THE CHENEYVILLE AREA.

...ST. LANDRY PARISH...

SEVERAL SCHOOLS SUFFERED ROOF DAMAGE...INCLUDING SOUTHWEST...LAWTELL...AND ARNAUDVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS.

IN EUNICE...A BUSINESS WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED WHEN WIND PICKED UP THE ROOF AND BLEW DOWN A BRICK WALL OF THE BUILDING WAS THAT BUILT IN THE EARLY 1900S.

WESTERN SECTIONS OF ST. LANDRY PARISH RECEIVED THE MOST DAMAGE. MANY TREES AND POWER LINES CAME DOWN DURING THE STORM.

...ST. MARTIN PARISH...

IN BREAUX BRIDGE...A BRICK WALL ON THE BACK OF CITY HALL WAS BLOWN DOWN...CRUSHING A POLICE CAR AND THE GENERATORS THE CITY WAS GOING TO USE TO POWER THE POLICE STATION.

TREES AND POWER LINES WERE BLOWN DOWN ACROSS THE PARISH...BLOCKING SOME STREETS. BARNS WERE DAMAGED AND SOME TIN ROOFS WERE PEELED OFF HOMES.

...ST. MARY PARISH...

AT CYPREMORT POINT...THE ST. MARY O.E.P. REPORTS 80 PERCENT OF THE BUILDINGS WERE DAMAGED. SEVERAL MOBILE HOMES WERE COMPLETELY DESTROYED...WHILE OTHER HOMES WERE LIFTED OFF THEIR PILINGS AND
PUSHED BACK INTO THE WOODS. SOME HOMES THAT WERE ELEVATED 6 FEET ABOVE THE GROUND HAD STORM SURGE ENTER THEM.

FRANKLIN HAD TREES AND POWER LINES BLOWN DOWN...BESIDES THE SCARE OF STORM SURGE IN THE PECAN ACRES SUBDIVISION. OUTLYING AREAS AROUND CHARENTON AND BALDWIN ALSO HAD MINOR DAMAGE FROM FALLING
TREES.

...VERMILION PARISH...
...ONE INDIRECT FATALITY...
...AT LEAST 20 CARBON MONOXIDE POISONINGS AFTER THE STORM...

A 79 YEAR OLD ERATH MAN DIED ON MONDAY OCTOBER 7 2002 WHEN HE FELL FROM A LADDER AT HIS HOME CLEANING UP STORM DEBRIS.

AT LEAST 20 PEOPLE WERE TREATED AND RELEASED FROM THE LOCAL HOSPITAL FOR CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING. EXHAUST FUMES FROM GENERATORS SENT PEOPLE FROM A LOCAL GROCERY STORE AND NEWSPAPER TO
THE HOSPITAL.

PRELIMINARY DAMAGE ASSESSMENT NUMBERS INDICATE OVER 3700 HOMES AND BUSINESSES WERE DESTROYED OR RECEIVED MAJOR DAMAGE ACROSS VERMILION PARISH.

ABBEVILLE HIGH SCHOOL...THE LARGEST SCHOOL IN THE PARISH...COULD BE CLOSED UP TO 2 MONTHS DUE TO ROOF DAMAGE. A MOBILE HOME IN MAURICE CAUGHT ON FIRE AFTER ELECTRICITY CAME BACK ON MONDAY
OCTOBER 7 2002.

THE HARDEST HIT AREAS INCLUDED ABBEVILLE AND INTRACOASTAL CITY. ABBEVILLE HAD MANY HOMES AND BUSINESSES DAMAGED FROM FLYING DEBRIS OR FALLING TREES. INTRACOASTAL CITY HAD WIDESPREAD FLOODING DUE TO STORM SURGE. WATER ENTERED SEVERAL BUSINESSES. STORM SURGE ALSO FLOODED STREETS IN DELCAMBRE...AND WIND DAMAGED SEVERAL HOMES AND BUSINESSES IN TOWN.

MANY HOMES ACROSS VERMILION PARISH RECEIVED ROOF DAMAGE...EITHER LOSING SHINGLES OR PEELING TIN OFF. MANY BARNS WERE DESTROYED. ONE MOBILE HOME PARK COMMUNITY WEST OF ABBEVILLE SUFFERED SEVERE
LOSSES...FROM FLOODING AND WIND DAMAGE.

IN KAPLAN...HIGHWAY 14 WAS BLOCKED DUE TO FALLEN TREES. SEVERAL HOMES AND BUSINESSES WERE DAMAGED FROM FALLING TREES OR FLYING DEBRIS.

IN PECAN ISLAND...MANY HOMES RECEIVED MINOR DAMAGES SUCH AS PEELED TIN ROOFS OR PORCHES RIPPED OFF. SEVERAL BARNS WERE DESTROYED.

AT INTRACOASTAL CITY...A HELICOPTER COMPANY LOST BETWEEN 15 AND 20 BUILDINGS USED TO HOUSE CREW MEMBERS.

 

...CROP LOSSES...

STATEWIDE ACROSS LOUISIANA...EARLY CROP LOSS ESTIMATES INCLUDE BETWEEN $12 AND $25 MILLION FOR COTTON...$100 TO $200 MILLION FOR SUGARCANE...AND $3 TO $6 MILLION FOR SOYBEAN.

 

...EVACUATIONS...

EVACUATIONS OCCURRED IN JEFFERSON...ORANGE...LOWER JASPER...AND LOWER NEWTON COUNTIES IN SOUTHEAST TEXAS. PRELIMINARY ESTIMATES SHOW AROUND 200,000 PEOPLE EVACUATED THIS AREA. THIS INCLUDED MOST NURSING HOMES AND HOSPITALS IN JEFFERSON COUNTY...AND SEVERAL FEDERAL...STATE...AND LOCAL PRISONS. MOST OF THE PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRIES WERE SHUT DOWN IN THE PORT ARTHUR AREA...WHICH TOOK UP TO A WEEK TO RESTART IN SOME INSTANCES.

AT LEAST 6,500 PEOPLE SOUGHT SHELTER IN OFFICIAL SHELTERS IN LUFKIN AND NACOGDOCHES TEXAS. FOR EVACUATION TIMING...THE NORMAL 2 HOUR DRIVE FROM BEAUMONT TO LUFKIN TOOK BETWEEN 4 AND 5 HOURS
DURING THE EVACUATION.

EVACUATIONS OCCURRED IN ACADIA...CALCASIEU...CAMERON...JEFF DAVIS...LAFAYETTE...ST MARTIN...ST MARY...AND VERMILION PARISHES. MOST OF THE PETROCHEMICAL PLANTS IN THE LAKE CHARLES AREA WERE
SHUT DOWN...AND TOOK UP TO A WEEK TO RESTART IN SOME INSTANCES.

ACCORDING TO PRELIMINARY REPORTS...AROUND 7,000 PEOPLE SOUGHT SHELTER IN OFFICIAL SHELTERS IN CENTRAL LOUISIANA.

 

...POWER OUTAGES...

ELECTRICITY WAS OUT AT ONE TIME TO AROUND 237,000 CUSTOMERS ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL AND CENTRAL LOUISIANA. WHILE MOST PLACES HAD POWER RESTORED WITHIN TWO TO THREE DAYS...SOME RURAL LOCATIONS WERE STILL WITHOUT POWER NEARLY TWO WEEKS LATER.

 

Report last updated Wednesday October 16th at 4:47pm


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