POINTE COUPEE PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) ––– The severe weather that struck the Greater Baton Rouge area Tuesday night brought rain, hail, strong winds, and even destruction for some residents.
“It felt like within three minutes everything was gone. It was just gone. I’m lucky to be here,” said Mary Hotard. She was one of three people on Morel Lane brought to the hospital after their homes were destroyed. Luckily, all injuries were only mild to moderate.
The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF-1 tornado did touch down in the parish with estimated 90-mile-per-hour winds. Officials said the tornado was on the ground for less than half a mile.
Hotard was inside her mobile home with a friend when she says they felt themselves being pulled away.
“I told him to hold tight,” she said. “The trailer just flopped down all on top of us.”
Hotard’s next-door neighbor’s mobile home was also completely destroyed and turned upside down. Across the street, another mobile home was on its side, wrapped around a tree.
Now she and her neighbors are left to gather what they can and move forward. Hotard said her next step is to find another place to live.
“When people tell you about the weather, believe it; don’t think that’ll never happen here,” said Hotard. “Take precautions, listen, and go someplace safe. Be with your family in a safe place.”