Storm kills 2 in Louisiana; state put on 'high alert'

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According to the Weather Channel, it is possible that a tornado touched down in the area and that more severe weather could be on the way for parts of Louisiana and Texas.

Neville Alexander, 3, and Francine Gotch, 38, were inside the mobile home in the town of Breaux Bridge, just outside Lafayette, Louisiana, when the storm slammed into the dwelling, causing "significant damage", the St. Martin Sheriff's Office said on its Facebook page. Ginny Higgins told USA Today.

"This is a severe weather event and it deserves all of our attention", Edwards said. Meteorologists upgraded the threat to high and added a warning of a "particularly risky situation". The storm whipped up 100 miles per hour winds, according to the National Weather Service.

Much of the rest of the state is in the "moderate risk" to "enhanced risk" category, said the governor's office.

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"After dark, the threat shifts eastward", John Hart, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Oklahoma, said by phone. Travis County Emergency Services District 1 Fire Chief Donnie Norman said there were several structures with severe damage. The roof was completely removed.

The Advocate reported that the Lafayette, Louisiana, area was hit with strong storms, including high winds and large hail, early Sunday morning. National Weather Service meteorologist Yvette Benavides said there were no reports of major or structural damage.

Officials suspected a tornado, but Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards later said that straight-line winds were responsible.

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