Louisiana: Shocking moment lightning bolt strikes on doorstep of nursing home – video | US | News

Louisiana: Shocking moment lightning bolt strikes on doorstep of nursing home – video | US | News

A shocking video captured the moment lightning struck right outside a nursing home as severe weather and violent tornadoes ravaged the southern United States.

Extreme weather has gripped the region in recent days, killing three people. This video captured the moment lightning struck right outside a nursing home in the state of Louisiana as the storms raged. CCTV footage captured the moment from the top of a communications tower.

According to a Facebook post, lightning struck a parking lot next to the Twin Oaks nursing home across from the Church of St. Joan of Arc in LaPlace.

“We also raise prayers for our neighbors in the parish of St. Charles,” the Parish Sheriff’s Office of St. John the Baptist said in the Post.

The St. Charles community was hit by a suspected tornado on Wednesday, devastating the area.

Sheriff Greg Champagne said one woman was killed and seven others injured when a tornado ripped through the community Wednesday night.

“(The victim) was outside the residence, so we don’t know exactly what happened,” he said. “Anything could have happened in the rubble. You know, she could have been hit. We don’t know exactly.”

The storm system, which spawned dozens of reported tornadoes from East Texas to the Florida Panhandle, moved on from the south Thursday after killing at least three people across the region and uprooting families across Louisiana, where some homes were blown to pieces

The same storm front created vortices as it marched through Louisiana from central Texas, where all three storm deaths were confirmed before destroying farm buildings in Mississippi and ripping off roofs from other buildings in Alabama.

In Union Parish, Louisiana, near the Arkansas line, volunteers filled a gymnasium with donated clothing and other supplies for dozens whose homes were badly damaged or destroyed.

“It shows that people love you,” said Patsy Andrews, who survived the storm in a bathtub with her three children. “It shows that people care.”

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Andrews broke down in tears as she shared how winds blew open her front door early Wednesday in the Union County township of Farmerville as tornado warnings sounded. Windows began shattering with a popping sound like gunshots, she said, as the family crawled into the bathroom.

“The only thing we could do was just cry, we screamed, just called out to Jesus,” Andrews said. She added: “We all packed up, we jumped in the tub. We could only pray. It was very devastating.”

A few others caught in the storm weren’t so lucky.

An 8-year-old boy and his mother were killed in rural Keithville, Louisiana when their RV was swept away Tuesday, along with the woman killed by a possible tornado in the St. Charles community.

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It can take the National Weather Service days to confirm if destructive winds were in fact tornadoes. Data compiled by Texas A&M University’s Southern Regional Climate Center showed nearly 50 tornadoes have been reported in six states since Tuesday — the vast majority in Louisiana and Mississippi.

In Mississippi, a suspected tornado destroyed four large chicken coops, one of which contained 5,000 roosters, Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey said. In Summerville, Alabama, Fire Chief Michael Aaron said gale force winds ripped off roofs and downed power lines.

Four people were also injured in storms, according to state emergency managers. Three of those were in Sharkey County in the Mississippi Delta, where storms hit an RV park in Anguilla on Wednesday. One person was injured in Hinds County, home of the capital Jackson.

Before the storm front began moving offshore, police in rural Doerun, Georgia, reported that a suspected tornado struck a large building housing a cotton ginning facility, leaving a sagging pile of bent metal in its wake. No injuries were reported, police said in a Facebook post.

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