Christmas Day weather in Louisiana

Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- A tree smashed through a carport roof and into a car at a home at 5626 Fenwood St. in  Zachary after severe weather blew through the area Tuesday. The homeowners were not in the home at the time, and no injuries were reported.
Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- A tree smashed through a carport roof and into a car at a home at 5626 Fenwood St. in Zachary after severe weather blew through the area Tuesday. The homeowners were not in the home at the time, and no injuries were reported.

A Christmas Day twister outbreak that swept across large swaths of the South and Midwest left behind power outages and downed trees in Louisiana.

A house in Zachary sustained damage from a felled tree, quarter-sized hail was reported early Tuesday in the western part of the state and a WDSU -TV viewer sent a photo to the station of what appeared to be a waterspout around the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in New Orleans.

By and large, however, there was no other significant damage in south Louisiana, local officials said Tuesday.

A tornado passed through Zachary shortly after 3 p.m., Zachary Police Chief David McDavid said.

He did not know where exactly the tornado touched down, but he said a tree fell on a house on Fennwood Street and some fences were damaged on La. 64.

A few trees fell on Whitestown Road near La. 421 in the St. Francisville area, West Feliciana Parish Sheriff J. Austin Daniel said.

The trees fell sometime between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. but were cleared within a few hours, Daniel said.

The severe weather had already cleared by about 4:30 p.m., Daniel said.

Both the Baton Rouge Police Department and the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office reported they were not dealing with any storm damage.

As of 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, some 3,091 Entergy customers across Louisiana were without power, said Sheila Pounders, Entergy regional customer service manager.

Pounders said 482 customers in West Baton Rouge Parish and 181 customers in East Baton Rouge Parish were without power as were another 346 in Orleans Parish.

Other outages were scattered across the state, Pounders said.

DEMCO spokesman David Latona said that as of 7:30 p.m., the company was dealing with 190 outages in East Baton Rouge Parish and 124 in Livingston Parish, along with scattered outages in East and West Feliciana parishes.

Officials likely will work through the night to restore power, Latona said.