ST. AMANT – A strong evening thunderstorm knocked out power, tore the roof off a business and rocked cars on the road Tuesday in eastern Ascension Parish, fire officials said Wednesday.

St. Amant Fire Chief James LeBlanc estimated strong winds that accompanied the summer storm blew for about 20 minutes, tearing off the roof of Martinez Seafood at La. 431 and Black Bayou Road about 6:15 p.m.

He said the winds forced cars to pull to the side of the road and power was out until late in the evening in the St. Amant area.

During the storm, separate car crashes occurred at about the same time at La. 431 and Goldplace Road and at La. 431 and La. 429, LeBlanc said.

No one was injured in either crash, LeBlanc said.

He said he has not seen a storm like that in St. Amant since tornados struck the area about two years ago.

Mike Efferson, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Slidell, said radar estimates show the storm dropped about an inch of rain in St. Amant.

Wind estimates from the NWS were not available Wednesday morning.