People in the New Orleans area awakened to find their homes severely destroyed and the streets littered with debris the day after two tornadoes struck the city.
In the early hours of Wednesday, the National Weather Service confirmed that two tornadoes had struck the area the night before: one in Lacombe, north of the city across Lake Pontchartrain, and another that hit both the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans and St.
Bernard Parish, killing at least one person and injuring many more. Rescuers from the National Guard, state police, and other agencies worked through the night to search through the rubble for any trapped occupants.
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New Orleans Tornadoes
A parish president of St. Bernard Parish, Guy McInnis, said in an interview that “we don’t know how many people have been displaced or injured and we don’t know the extent of the damage.”
James Pohlmann, the sheriff of St. Bernard Parish, remarked, “There are houses that are vanished.” In the centre of the roadway, “one landed.”
When 44-year-old Aaron Ledet heard the wind, he went to the bathroom. According to the man, he had no choice but to put his family in the bath and pray.
After the wind calmed down, he went outside to look for another house that had been blown into the centre of the road. During his time serving in the Navy, Mr. Ledet says he helped save a woman whose oxygen tank had malfunctioned.
On Tuesday night, a number of similar situations were staged in St. Bernard Parish. One year later, neighbours who had assisted one other through Hurricane Katrina once again came together to support one another, this time in the midst of pitch black, fallen tree branches, live power lines and the stench of fuel from burst gas lines.
During a late-night informational meeting on Tuesday, Mr. McInnis of St. Bernard Parish said, “We’ve a long road ahead of us with this restoration.”
Powerful Spring Storm
This week, a powerful spring storm system was responsible for the death of at least one person in the Deep South. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards had closed several governmental offices and schools in Louisiana and Mississippi on Tuesday morning, only hours before the tornado struck.
“The threat of severe weather and flooding should lessen significantly” as the same storm system moves eastward on Wednesday. According to the National Weather Service, about 100,000 individuals in Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana were without power at some point on Tuesday.
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Storms moved eastward on Wednesday, and the National Weather Service predicted the risk of floods and damaging winds “should lessen slightly.”” PowerOutage.us, a website that collects data from utilities around the US, estimates that about 100,000 individuals in Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana were without electricity on Tuesday. Much of the damage had been repaired by Wednesday morning.