CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) - The National Weather Service has confirmed two tornadoes touched down during the Wednesday night storm. Both have been confirmed as EF-1 tornadoes, which means both had winds from 85 to 155 miles per hour.
The tornado in Carlyss formed at 4435 Shelby Lane and continued east for 6.4 miles to 610 Vincent Settlement Rd with winds of up to 109 mph.
In South Lake Charles, the tornado began near the corner of McNeese Street and Manor Lane and continued east for 0.6 miles to Common St. with winds up to 107 mph.
The same survey also confirms a large are of damaging winds occurred over much of South Lake Charles from I-210 south to Gauthier Road with sporadic damage according to NWS.
One Carlyss resident says the sound of the tornado was the scariest part of the storm.
“It sounded like ten trains coming by our house, just side-by-side," says Stephen A Ellender. "And if you hear something that sounds like a train and there’s no railroad tracks, head for...go hide because it’s coming.”
Another Carlyss resident says he has lived there for two years and he had never experienced anything like this.
“So scary without a doubt,” says Clint Sonnier. “Not knowing what’s to come and fearing the worst; would be a tornado and knowing most of the homes nowadays are not equipped to take care of that kind of extremely windy storm. Ultimately, we were somewhat scared, and like I said, there’s three of us. All three of us got in the bed together and avoided the windows and said some prayers.”
No serious injuries have been reported from either of the confirmed tornadoes in Calcasieu Parish.