One hurt after tornado overturns pickup on Old Hammond Highway
BATON ROUGE - The National Weather Service confirmed that there was an EF-1 tornado in the Sherwood Forest area Friday morning.
The service reported that maximum wind speed estimated to be around 90 miles per hour, 30 yards wide, with a path length of about half a mile long.
Paramedics told WBRZ that one person was hurt when heavy winds overturned a pickup truck on Old Hammond Highway Friday morning during the tornado. One person was transported from the scene. Sources say the injuries are not life threatening.
Witnesses at the scene tell WBRZ News 2 that several cars were tossed by heavy winds near the Racetrac gas station on Old Hammond Highway.
Viewer sending us this image: "This car was in the parking lot behind the racetrac and landed in the trees next to it." pic.twitter.com/wEkEfPM0O7— AE Stevenson (@aestevie) May 12, 2017
The Department of Public Works responded to the scene to put up barricades.
Thousands of people were without power in East Baton Rouge Parish as of Friday morning.
As of 4 p.m. more than 9,000 residents are without power in East Baton Rouge Parish. Another 1,796 customers were without power in Tangipahoa Parish Friday morning.
— Josh Eachus (@JoshEachus) May 12, 2017
There are also reports of a second possible tornado touchdown near the White Castle Area. Paramedics say there are no reported injuries. White Castle Fire Department Chief John Marque Jr. said some buildings have roof damage. Crews went door to door to check for injuries.
Video sent in of tornado along I-12 at Sherwood Forest in Baton Rouge Friday morning. pic.twitter.com/C1PcLKGhfz— Brittany Weiss WBRZ (@MsBWeiss) May 12, 2017