LAS VEGAS — A meteorologist with a history of tornadoes in Louisiana was killed by a tornado near Las Vegas when her home was destroyed by the powerful storm, authorities said Wednesday.
Mississippi State Meteorologist Elizabeth Davenport was killed Tuesday in the town of Greenbrier near Lake Charles, Louisiana State Police said in a news release.
The home of meteorologist Elizabeth Givens, pictured in this undated photo, was destroyed Wednesday in a tornado, authorities say.
Authorities said Givans home was damaged when the tornado tore through a home in the community.
Givens is survived by her husband, Bill, who was also killed, according to the release.
Bill Givins was the director of meteorology at the Louisiana State University, where he also taught.
A tornado that destroyed the home in Greenbriars, La., on Tuesday was “extremely violent,” a local newspaper reported.
The tornado struck the back of the house, but the front portion was left undamaged.
Authorities said there were no injuries.
It was not immediately clear if Givs home was on fire.
“She was the person who worked on weather forecasting and was extremely dedicated to her job,” said Bill Givings wife, Bill Davenports, in a statement.
“She was an outstanding public servant who worked tirelessly to keep our community safe.
My heart goes out to her family and friends.”
The home was in the Greenbriers community of Greenville and Givons parents are both from the Greenville area, according the release, which said the couple was planning to live in Greenville.
It was not clear what caused the tornado.
“It was very, very sudden and it tore through this house, and the wind and rain really ripped it apart,” neighbor Debby Johnson told CBS affiliate KVUE.
“It’s just very devastating.”