TANGIPAHOA PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Red Cross workers are on the scene in Tangipahoa Parish after a severe storm destroyed several homes early Sunday morning.
A tornado touched down near Woodhaven Road in Tickfaw, La. at 3:30 a.m. on May 17 according to the National Weather Service. The tornado lasted eight minutes and damaged several homes, even flipping a mobile home onto its roof.
The tornado was given an EF-1 rating by the NWS, making it about 50 yards wide with wind speeds up to 110 mph.
According to Nancy Malone, public affairs director for the American Red Cross Louisiana Region, the Red Cross is working closely with parish officials to help residents after severe weather damaged and destroyed homes in the area.
Officials are meeting just west of Natalbany on Joel McDonald road in Tickfaw to assess the damage, according to Malone.
Eight homes in the Woodhaven subdivision were damaged, displacing over two dozen residents. According to the Red Cross, three homes were destroyed or sustained major damage.
The Red Cross is providing shelter, food, water and more for residents affected by the severe weather.
Malone also warns that more severe weather may strike today and encourages residents to be prepared and sty informed of changing conditions.