Tornadoes Hit Louisiana Producing Damage and Injuries
A series of tornadoes were reported in Louisiana this morning. Near New Orleans, one person was injured and additional injuries are unconfirmed from a large tornado. The National Weather Service confirmed several tornadoes touch downs in the area. Damage is extensive in some areas and emergency crews are continuing to respond to the affected neighborhoods. Governor John Bel Edwards has declared a State of Emergency for the area. The Tornado Warnings were issued shortly before 11 a.m. this morning and the reports of damage and injuries were received before Noon.
1056a- This is now a TORNADO EMERGENCY for Madisonville, Covington, and Abita Springs. If in these areas, take shelter NOW!!! pic.twitter.com/BB7lTG8Fc4
— NWS New Orleans (@NWSNewOrleans) February 7, 2017
911 RECEIVING MULTIPLE REPORTS OF PEOPLE TRAPPED IN HOUSES AND UNDER DEBRIS IN NEW ORLEANS EAST
— ProjectNOLA (@projectnola) February 7, 2017
Mayor Mitch Landrieu says 5,000 structures damaged in New Orleans East tornado
— Katie Moore (@katiecmoore) February 7, 2017
At 11:25 a.m. CST Feb. 7, a tornado impacted NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. At this time, only minor injuries have been reported and NASA employees and other tenants are being accounted for. There is still a threat of severe weather in the area and emergency officials are continuing to monitor the situation to ensure the safety of onsite personnel. The onsite Michoud emergency response team is also conducting damage assessments of buildings and facilities.
Multiple tornadoes have been confirmed in the #NewOrleans, LA area. Injuries have been reported.
— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) February 7, 2017
Video has shown a large tornado moving through areas east of New Orleans. Drone video taken by Assistant Chief John Goins of the Killian, Louisiana, Police Department shows destruction in the Livingston Parish town in the wake of a tornado that injured two, according to local reports.
Security Camera Footage
Currently, the New Orleans Fire Department is conducting a primary search of damaged homes from Chef Menteur Highway to Dwyer Street and Wilson Avenue to Bullard Avenue, as well as one block south of Chef Menteur Highway. Entergy has reported approximately 9,200 homes without power, primarily in New Orleans East. They will restore power as quickly as possible.
Interstate 10 exits at both Chef Menteur Highway and Downman Road are closed at this time. The City will open a temporary shelter at Joe W. Brown Recreation Center (5601 Read Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70127) at 3 p.m. for impacted residents. The New Orleans Health Department, with support from the Red Cross, Catholic Charities and NOFD, will assist affected individuals. The Regional Transit Authority (RTA) will provide bus transportation to the shelter for affected individuals at the intersections of Dwyer Road and Wilson Avenue and Dwyer Road and Crowder Boulevard.
View From New Orleans East
(Warning this video contains strong language)
Stay tuned to WeatherNation and WeatherNationTV.com for continuing reports on the tornado damage in the New Orleans area and around Louisiana.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels