Tuesday evening, around 7 p.m. local time, the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Jefferson Parish to the south of New Orleans. A severe thunderstorm was quickly developing and racing to the northeast. About 20 minutes later, the severe thunderstorm intensified as it crossed into the New Orleans, Louisiana metro area.
National Weather Service crews surveyed the damages and have identified this tornado as an EF-3. The full survey has been completed and the track of the tornado was 11.5 miles long with peak winds of 160 mph, just 6 mph shy of being rated an EF-4.
The National Weather Service in New Orleans shared local NBC affiliate WDSU's tweet, showing a large and dangerous tornado moving through the city.
Just as quickly as the tornado spun up and moved through the city, it exited to Lake Ponchartrain and to the northeast. By 8 p.m. CT thunderstorms were clearing the city to the east.
Trees were reportedly knocked down across Interstate 12 in St. Tammany Parish in Louisiana. This tornado was part of a larger complex of thunderstorms that sparked severe winds and tornadoes across the South on Tuesday. This is a view of the devastation that was left behind...
The severe thunderstorm threat will continue to move to the east. For the latest forecast click/tap here.