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Topic - Carroll Stelly
Officials worked Sunday to get people back into their homes a day after a tornado ripped through this southwestern Louisiana town, killing a mother shielding her child from the fierce winds and leaving 12 hurt.
As the storm roared over Pauline Patton's apartment, she peered out the window and saw something unnerving: A funnel cloud. Suddenly, the power went out. Rainwater poured through the ceiling. And as everything went black, she heard what sounded like a bomb exploding overhead.
About 1,500 people were unable to immediately return to their homes, said Police Chief Carroll Stelly.
Some 1,500 people were unable to return to their homes in this community about 70 miles west of Baton Rouge, said Rayne Police Chief Carroll Stelly.