Lightning, winds cause damage as storms roll through

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Posted: May 31, 2012 3:33 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: May 31, 2012 3:55 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Lightning, house, fire, storm, severe, weather

BATON ROUGE - Authorities reported power outages and minor damage this afternoon as severe weather moved through the area.

Eldon Ledoux with the St. George Fire Protection District said around 2:30 p.m. a lightning strike caused a small attic fire in a home on Fort Sumpter Drive in the Shenandoah area. Firefighters were able to put the fire out quickly before it could spread to the rest of the house.

In other parts of the parish, tree limbs were blown down by high winds and hail was reported as the front moved thorugh. Entergy and DEMCO reported more than 27,000 of their customers combined were without power.

Tony Bacala with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said they also received a report from the CF Industries chemical plant in Donaldsonville that what was believed to be a small tornado did some minor damage to their facility.

The National Weather Service put out a tornado warning for Livingston, St. Helena and Tangipahoa parishes until 3:30 p.m. A severe thunderstorm watch issued for most of the WBRZ was lifted just before 4 p.m.

Stay with News 2 for the latest developments as severe weather continues this afternoon.

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