Intense rainfall Tuesday closed some Lafayette area roads temporarily and prompted the National Weather Service to briefly issue a tornado warning for parts of Lafayette and Vermilion parishes. NWS meteorologist Joe Rua said 3.64 inches of rain fell Tuesday from midnight until the sun came out in the early afternoon.
“Once the rain pushed off to the east, it was like night and day,” Rua said.
The most intense rain came between 9 a.m. and noon, dropping 2.6 inches in that three-hour span, Rua said. He said the NWS issued a tornado warning because of weather conditions, which included 40 to 50 mph winds. Although there was no confirmation a tornado ever touched down, there were reports of trees downed in St. Landry Parish.
Lafayette City-Parish Government public works employees set up barricades and closed some roads. During and after the heaviest rain, Ambassador Caffery Parkway from Johnston Street to Eraste Landry Road was narrowed to one lane in each direction, police Cpl. Paul Mouton said.