New Orleans: One Killed As Tornado Tears Through Suburbs: Latest Updates
A tornado ripped across New Orleans and its suburbs, flipping automobiles, ripping homes’ roofs off, and killing at least one person.
- The tornado struck areas of New Orleans that had been severely damaged by earlier storms.
- Roofs were ripped off houses, automobiles were tossed over, and debris was hung from powerlines in one neighborhood.
- One resident said she huddled with her family and cats in the laundry room to wait for it to pass.
Parts of St Bernard Parish, which borders New Orleans to the south, looked to bear the brunt of the storm’s wrath, and it was there that the fatality happened. Officials from St Bernard Parish declined to say how the person died.
According to them, a number of additional persons were hurt. Other tornadoes created by the same storm system struck areas of Texas and Oklahoma on Monday (local time), killing one person and leaving significant damage.
Local television stations in New Orleans provided live coverage of the hurricane as it raged over the region. There were no reports of injuries or serious damage in the city, according to Mayor LaToya Cantrell.
The tornado appeared to begin in a suburb, then proceed east across the Mississippi River into New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward and areas of St Bernard Parish — both of which were severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 — before heading north-east.
As it proceeded into Alabama after departing the New Orleans region, the system dumped heavy rain, felled trees, and caused multiple tornado warnings. The roofs of numerous homes in Toxey, Alabama, were damaged when a storm accompanied by tornado warnings moved over the area,
according to the National Weather Service. After Hurricane Ida ripped off the roof and caused major water damage, Stacey Mancuso’s family had recently completed renovations to their home.
She huddled in the laundry room with her husband, two children, ages 16 and 11, and dogs as part of their new roof was ripped away by the wind when the tornado struck.
“We’re still alive.” That’s all I have to say at the moment. Four walls and a portion of a roof remain. “I consider myself fortunate,” Ms. Mancuso remarked. Despite this, the twister was the third big weather event after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
There was a distinct scent of natural gas in the air in the Arabi suburb of Arabi as locals and rescue personnel stood in the street surveying the damage. Some homes were demolished, and debris hung from trees and electrical wires.
With the motor across the street, an aluminum fishing boat in front of one house was bent into the shape of a ‘c.’ Because power poles were down and leaning over, emergency responders were forced to stroll slowly through darkened neighborhoods looking for damage.
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