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Tornadoes Rip Through Louisiana Tuesday

8 Feb 2017, 9:45 am

At least seven tornadoes ripped through parts of Louisiana on Tuesday, producing widespread damage across six parishes near New Orleans. At this time there are no reported fatalities, according to city officials. At least thirty-one injuries have been reported in the New Orleans area, five of them being moderate to severe injuries. Nine injuries were reported in the Baton Rouge region. A State of Emergency continues for the area.

Emergency crews are working around the clock to respond to resident calls. Approximately 250 properties were affected over the 2 to 2.5 mile tornado path in the east area of New Orleans. Approximately 9,400 residents are are still without power, with power restored to around 4,000, according to Entergy. Crew expect to have all power restored in 3 to 5 days.

Early intensity estimates from the National Weather Service for the tornado touchdown in New Orleans East is at least EF2. Three crews will survey additional damage areas today.

Residents looking to support ongoing relief & recovery efforts are encouraged to contact The Greater New Orleans Foundation and The United Way of Southeast Louisiana.

For up-to-date information on shelters and road & school closures can be found at http://nola.gov/ready/

 

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels

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