1 death blamed on storms in Louisiana

AP News
Posted: Dec 24, 2009 2:25 PM

Powerful thunderstorms swept across Louisiana, producing possible tornadoes and high winds blamed in the death of one person.

Capt. Kip Judice, patrol commander of the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office, says a man in Scott, outside Lafayette in south Louisiana, died and his wife was injured when high winds toppled a tree onto their home Thursday morning.

Maxine Trahan, a spokeswoman for the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office, said that near Crowley, which is about 30 miles west of Lafayette, several homes in a subdivision were damaged _ and some destroyed _ by a possible tornado.

The storms came just over a week after drenching rains caused flooding in parts of southeastern Louisiana and produced one of the wettest months on record for the New Orleans area.

(This version CORRECTS APNewsNow. corrects headlines to show wind, not possible tornado caused death.)