One person was killed and at least one vehicle was flipped over when a tornado ripped through the New Orleans suburbs on Tuesday night. This is the same area that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina 17 years ago.
There was a death in St. Bernard Parish, a neighboring parish near New Orleans, which looked to bear the brunt of the storm’s wrath. Several more persons were hurt, according to St. Bernard Parish officials, but no other information were given.
According to Sheriff Jimmy Pohlmann, rescuers were looking for further victims in the suburban parish. Guy McInnis, the president of St. Bernard Parish, said the storm wreaked havoc across the parish.
Even last year, when Hurricane Ida, a Category 4 storm, hit the area, many locals were left without power. Their home in Arabi had just undergone major repair work after Ida ripped off the roof and caused extensive water damage. Then, on Tuesday, a tornado ripped through their neighborhood. The family gathered together in the laundry room as a section of their newly installed roof was ripped away by the wind.
It’s good to know that we’re still here. For the time being, that’s all I can say. Four walls and a portion of a roof remain. Mancuso stated, “I consider myself fortunate.” Even yet, this was the third severe meteorological event to hit the area since Katrina in 2005.
As locals and rescue workers examined the devastation in Arabi, the air was thick with the odor of natural gas. Some homes were demolished, and debris hung from power lines and trees after the tornado struck. The motor of an aluminum fishing boat parked across the street from a house was twisted into a C shape. Emergency responders had to travel cautiously through darkened homes looking for damage because power lines were fallen and bending over.
She resides in Arabi, Louisiana. Because of her relatives who reside in Louisiana’s northernmost counties, she was first concerned about them. “All of a sudden, the lights started flickering,” she texted her folks back home.
On the porch, her husband noticed the storm approaching.
Malasovich recalled, “It just kept growing louder and louder. Following its passage, they inspected the damage. “The house of our next-door neighbor is currently in the center of the street.”
Despite the storm, Malasovich’s house held up nicely, according to her. Her Jeep’s windows were shattered, and several of the columns on the porch were blown away. “This is bad for down here,” a neighbor said after seeing a house extensively destroyed and parked vehicles shifted by the wind.
In a late-night tweet, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell stated that no one had been hurt and that the city’s power utility was working to restore service to the city’s 8,000 affected customers.
About 13,000 houses and businesses in the three parishes around New Orleans were estimated to be without power following the hurricane.
Tornadoes seldom pass through the city, despite the fact that residents are used to dealing with extreme weather like hurricanes or torrential rain. When it made landfall in the city’s eastern suburbs in 2017, a tornado wreaked havoc.
Many Louisiana and Mississippi schools have already closed early or canceled after-school activities due to the impending bad weather. While the storms passed through, locals who were in need of a place to stay were given access to shelters.
The federal and state governments of Louisiana have advised thousands of hurricane survivors living in government-provided mobile homes and recreational vehicle trailers to prepare an escape strategy in case the buildings do not endure the forecasted weather conditions. Officials estimate that at least 8,000 families are currently residing in makeshift housing.
Heavy rains, felled trees, and several tornado warnings were all part of the system’s aftermath as it swept across Alabama Tuesday evening after departing the New Orleans region. The National Weather Service reported that a storm that was preceded by tornado warnings had damaged the roofs of many homes near Toxey, Alabama.
Monday began with some fierce storms in Texas, as forecasters had predicted a line of extreme weather would move eastward into the Deep South.
On the I-35 corridor, many tornadoes were recorded Tree limbs snapped in half by high winds littered rural roads near Elgin, and scrap metal from them hung in the air. The cleanup of shattered ceilings, ripped down walls, and wrecked automobiles was complicated by residents’ caution in avoiding downed power wires.
In Elgin, 59-year-old J.D. Harkins claims to have seen two tornadoes pass past his house.
When Harkins pointed to an empty plot on his uncle’s land that was littered with garbage, he stated, “There used to be a barn there.” When the first tornado struck on Monday, he added, the facility was vacant, and his family is grateful no one was wounded.
According to Storm Prediction Center data, at least a dozen Texas counties were affected. Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, declared a state of emergency in 16 of the hardest-hit counties. More than a dozen individuals were allegedly injured in other parts of the state as a result of the storms, according to Abbott.
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When asked about the woman’s death, the Grayson County Emergency Management Office could only say that she was aged 73 and died near the town of Sherwood Shores some 60 miles (95 kilometers) north of Dallas.
One person was killed and a number of injuries and extensive damage were caused by other tornadoes created by the same storm system that slammed Texas and Oklahoma on Monday.
Local television stations in New Orleans carried photos of the hurricane as it swept through the region in real time.
There were reports that the tornado originated in a suburb and moved east across the Mississippi River into New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, and St. Bernard Parish before moving northeast.