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A tornado flipped over a mobile home in south-central Louisiana on Sunday (April 2), killing a toddler and her mother, as forecasters warned of a dangerous weather system bringing twisters, fierce straight-line winds and hail to the Gulf Coast region.
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.
Video images showed the remnants of a mobile home with its walls and roof collapsed and furniture and other household belongings upended and scattered. Nearby houses and vehicles appeared unscathed.
"I just can't, you know I just can't. It's the only thing, I can't. I lost everything. I lost my family," said Edrick Alexander, the father of the toddler.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said the Weather Service had issued a "high risk" advisory for central and northern Louisiana, warning residents to be vigilant of the threat of severe weather.
In addition to tornado threats, thunderstorms were bringing hurricane-force, straight-line winds and large hail to the region, the governor said.