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EF3 Tornado Tears Through the Small Community of Palmetto

“They were good people, what else can you say? Good people, very good people”

Posted: Apr 12, 2021 12:32 PM
Updated: Apr 27, 2021 10:55 AM

“They were good people, what else can you say? Good people, very good people”, says Moses Celestine, of Palmetto, LA.

A confirmed EF3 tornado tore through the small community of Palmetto, LA early Saturday morning taking one life and injuring several people. Moses Celestine lives in a house on Bolden Road. He says he felt his house shake and move in the storm.

“It was a car and a truck parked in my neighbor’s yard, it picked it up for about a block and tossed it for about a block and put it back down,”says Celestine.

The strong twister, packing winds up to 140 mph was ripping through his front yard. tossing cars down the street and rolling mobile homes.

Storm Track 15 was on air during the overnight hours Friday night into Saturday morning spreading the word about the tornado bearing down on St. Landry Parish.

“Anyone, if you know anyone in Bolden they need to seek shelter immediately,” says Storm Track 15 Chief Meteorologist Jason Nappi

But the tornado kept coming and left a path of destruction more than 8 miles long and 200 yards wide. Trees uprooted and snapped in half, hoods peeled off trucks, entire homes reduced to rubble like this one.

“She wasn’t home so thank god for that,”says Celestine.

Several people sustained major injuries while being rolled in their mobile homes. Power crews are working around the clock to put new utility poles back on Bolden Road. Until then all residents of this community can do is wait for life to get back to some sense of normalcy.

“We have to clean up first and then probably think about maybe replacing the house or rebuilding.”

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