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Rayne tornado victims survey the damage

4 years ago Monday, March 07, 2011 10:37:36 AM CST March 07, 2011 Monday, March 07 2011 Mar 7, 2011 in News
Source: WBRZ

RAYNE - Homeowners on the west side of Rayne returned to try and pick up the pieces after a tornado left a path of destruction five miles long.

One person was killed and 12 injured when the storm moved through Saturday.  According to the National Weather Service at least 35 homes were damaged along with several businesses and the high school.

Today, people going back into their homes on Reynolds Avenue recalled how quickly the damage was done.

"It all took less than two minutes, from when the rain hit to the wind picking up," said one resident.  "I couldn't even get my door shut when the wind got bad, it was so strong."

"I can't believe I lived through Katrina and Rita, then to have something like this happen so fast," said another resident whose house was destroyed.

The NWS rated the tornado as an EF 2 and said it was 300 yards wide, producing a damage path five miles long.

Mike Steele will have more on the continuing cleanup tonight on News 2 at 6.

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