Posted: Mar 5, 2011 12:26 PM
Source: Associated Press
RAYNE, La.- Authorities say a tornado has hit the southwestern town Louisiana of Rayne, injuring at least nine people.
State police say the twister hit the northwestern section of the Acadia Parish town about 10 a.m. Saturday.
Trooper Stephen Hammons says several houses have been destroyed and damaged - and the area has been evacuated because of natural gas leaks.
Acadian Ambulance supervisor Troy Guidry says trees and power lines also have been knocked down. He says nine people have been transported to area hospitals - one with serious injuries and eight with minor injuries.
The tornado hit as a front of violent thunderstorms moved through the area.