LAKE CHARLES, La. (KLFY) – Early Thursday morning an isolated tornado with winds at 100mph made its way through Lake Charles off of highway 14.
The National Weather service of Lake Charles confirmed that the line of storms ahead of a cold front produced an EF1 tornado at 7:45am.
No injuries were reported but there were reports of damage.
One roof was torn off a home and the debris made its way down the block. Tree damage was also a result of the short-lived tornado around the neighborhood.
Christopher Fontenot, who happened to be in the area at the time suddenly heard a big boom.
He looked in the sky and it was all black and when he turned the corner the roof was flying off one of the houses.
Families and friends gathered to make sure their loved ones were okay and help clean up.
Ms. Pearly, a retired cosmetologist, tells us she was sleeping in her bed and woke up to her roof being ripped off.
She’s lived in the same house in Lake Charles for 37 years and has never seen anything like this before.
“We wasn’t even supposed to get but a little bit of rain. I don’t know where this came from, its God’s work, so I can’t question it,” Ms. Pearly told KLFY.
Diana Malbrough, a good friend of Ms. Pearly, said “Things can be replaced, a life as precious as hers for being here for 37 years in this residence, in this area, may god bless her.”
The American Red Cross will do the best they can to help out and help the residents of the area get back to normal.
Craig Ryan, the disaster program specialist for the Red Cross says they’ll provide shelter to the victims for a few nights provide shelter, food and clothing if necessary, after they evaluate the area and damage.
Ryan, who is also a Lake Charles native says these are special circumstances, “It’s a unique incident, but were glad that they didn’t have as much damage as they possibly could have, and I think that the homeowners in the area are very lucky.”
Local residents are also pitching in to help clean up the damage.
The tornado gutted the bedroom, bathroom and dinning room of Ms. Pearly’s house.
KLFY’s Brooke Silverang will have a full report on News 10 at 5 & 6.