Ascension tornado leaves trail of destruction
GONZALES- A tornado touched down early this morning near the corner of Airline Highway and Black Bayou Extension.
According to eye witness reports the tornado lifted a small Ford Ranger truck at least 20 feet in the air before it fell on top of a Ford F-150 Raptor, crushing the roof.
Employees at Premier Performance Marine in Gonzales were in the middle of the destruction as the tornado hit.
"The front door just blew open, I ran to get it shut so the rain wouldn't go in the store, before I could put my hand on the door the wind slammed the door shut and I just covered my face because I knew when it slammed so hard that it was going to break and sure enough it slammed so hard the glass shattered," said Luke Armand, who then ran for cover. "I just turned and ran to the back of the store to get away from the flying glass and the back door flew open and as I looked out the back door, I saw the whole roof of the building flying over my head across the street."
A pontoon from the business also flew across the street and speared a nearby home, where Cade Hutchison was sleeping.
"It just sounded something unreal," said Hutchison, "I had never heard anything like that it was overpowering that's all I could hear, it sounded like a train or a bus was about to drive straight through the house."
Nearby the 7th District Fire Department was also badly damaged by the storm. At least four engines were damaged.