Amite tornado rated EF-1, EF-2 damage in places
AMITE - Cleanup got underway on Christmas Eve morning in Amite, where a tornado ripped through homes and trees a day earlier.
The National Weather Service said early indications are the tornado had an EF-1 for much of the time it was on the ground, but a few areas reached wind speeds that gave it a low-end EF-2 rating.
Crews cut down trees and utility poles which had been blown down along Highways 16 and 1054. Law enforcement agencies were blocking some traffic to facilitate cleanup in the area.
Utility companies were also out working to restore power and clear lines downed by the tornado. Entergy said just over 300 people were still without power Wednesday morning.
Emergency managers said the tornado damaged around 20 homes and destroyed some mobile homes, but did not injure anyone. Storms which later swept through Mississippi were blamed for four deaths in that state.
News 2's Troy Gaulden will have more on cleanup efforts and the stories of people who survived the storm coming up tonight starting at 4 p.m.