Massive Tornado Hits New Orleans: Thousands Left Without Power

Eight people were treated for minor injuries at New Orleans East Hospital on Tuesday including a woman who was almost seven months pregnant and was in stable condition, hospital spokeswoman Caryn Battiste said.

Suburban Baptist Church in New Orleans East suffered severe damage from an EF2 tornado February 7. The tornado watch in Louisiana and MS expired after 2 p.m., when the storms moved east, Griffin said.

The National Weather Service determined an EF-2 tornado touched down in New Orleans East with winds 111 to 135 miles per hour. WWL-TV reporter Meg Farris tweeted the New Orleans East Hospital took in four adults and one child with injuries from the storm but they were mostly minor.

Estimates suggest that over 10,000 people are left without power due to damaged houses and downed power lines, according to The Times-Picayune, who also reported that numerous shelters have been set up throughout the city for those in need.

Heartbreak returned to southeast Louisiana Tuesday as seven tornadoes laid waste to the area, including parts of New Orleans that had already seen mass destruction during Hurricane Katrina.

The Chaney family of East New Orleans survived the tornado, but just barely.

Storms continued into the afternoon in the area while affected communities in the New Orleans area began to assess the damage. The twister was reported to have caused widespread damage and forced around 100 people from their homes.

Tornado watches are in effect for the Gulf Coast of the USA eastward into the Florida panhandle.

Gov. Edwards declared a State of Emergency in Ascension, Livingston, Orleans, St. James, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parish.

Almost 7,800 customers were without power in the New Orleans area by early Wednesday, according to Entergy New Orleans Inc. Nine more have been reported in the Baton Rouge region.

She says they are working to get trees out of roadways and with the Red Cross to get help to damaged areas.

"Severe storms are firing up already in Louisiana and Mississippi", Golembo said. As of early Wednesday, no fatalities were reported.


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