5 year anniversary of costliest wind damage in EBR history
POSTED: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 3:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 3:04pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (NBC33) — On March 26, 2009, a cold front brought severe storms to south Louisiana. The line of storms caused the costliest, wind damage in East Baton Rouge parish history. Total estimates added to nearly $4.5 million in damage.
In the Capital Area, numerous trees, power lines and commercial signs were blown down.
The roof of LSU's indoor football facility (above) was damaged, while National Weather Service meteorologists estimated winds neared 80 mph.
The LSU Soccer Complex, Alex Box Stadium and Tiger Park suffered damage from the high winds.
Nine, local schools lost power and students were taken to nearby schools. After the storms passed, Cedarcrest Elementary Principal Josephine Batiste said, “We were told we were going to come to Sherwood Middle, so we packed up the food, packed up some books, we packed some movies, and we packed children, and we moved over here.”
Chief Meteorologist Jesse Gunkel recalls the severe weather, "It was a busy day for us in the Stormtracker33 Weather Center. In many areas, the damage was more severe than what we saw from Hurricane Gustav."
Overall, the day brought 114 reports of hail, high wind and tornadoes to the Deep South.
To see the full, NBC33 News report from 2009, click here.
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