Massive Tornado Hits East New Orleans, Leaving Injuries in Its Wake
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has announced that around dozens have been injured as a result of the tornadoes. The tornado watch in Louisiana and MS expired after 2 p.m., when the storms moved east, Griffin said.
She said they have heard reports of injuries but nothing that has been confirmed yet.
According to WVUE Fox 8, severe weather and tornadoes have inflicted damage to several homes and businesses in New Orleans.
The National Weather Service warned of severe thunderstorms and hail along the MS coast and issued a series of rapidly updated tornado warnings for parts of Louisiana and Mississippi.
The severe tornado slammed northeast of downtown along the Interstate 10 and Chef Menteur Highway in New Orleans.
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The storm system battered New Orleans and suburban Baton Rouge, marking the fourth time in a year the state has been jolted by natural disasters. They plan to assess more homes Wednesday and continue working on damaged properties through Friday or Saturday.
Tornado watches remained in effect across large portions of Louisiana and MS as a line of thunderstorms moved through, prompting multiple tornado warnings. At least 20 people were injured statewide and some 15,000 customers lost power in and around New Orleans.
Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency and sent out the National Guard after the strong winds hit seven parishes in the state.
Almost 7,800 customers were without power in the New Orleans area by early Wednesday, according to Entergy New Orleans Inc. A second crew is in Killian, east of Baton Rouge, where a tornado hit and headed north into Tangipahoa Parish. Along with the severe tornado storm, heavy rains and hails also lashed MS and Alabama.
"The numerous alerts provided by the media, the National Weather Service, local agencies and state agencies likely saved lives considering the widespread damage across the region".
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