Large tornado causes major damage in New Orleans | Meteorology

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A large tornado hit parts of the New Orleans area Tuesday night, with damage reported in Arabi and the Lower Ninth Ward.

St. Bernard Parish President Guy McInnis told CNN affiliate WDSU that there was extensive and widespread damage in Arabi and that emergency responders were conducting search and rescue efforts. rescue. McInnis said there were no immediate reports of injuries.

Facebook user Crash Harlowe shared a video after the storm passed with the following caption:

“Arabi/W. Chalmette is without power – I just drove over a power line. Some kind of wind source just came down Rue Aycock from Judge Perez to Saint Claude… If I had gone five minutes longer sooner I would have been right in the middle of this,” he wrote. “Down in the trees all over Judge Perez, still trying to see if I can make it out to work, I had to go around already.”

The National Weather Service reported the tornado moved through part of St. Bernard Parish and neighboring Orleans Parish. WDSU said the tornado moved into the Lower Ninth Ward and many houses were dark.

According to PowerOutage.us, there were more than 10,000 customers without power in Orleans and St. Bernard Parish.

The Weather Service said there were two tornado reports in St. Tammany Parish.

According to a tweet from the parish government, there were no reports of injuries or major damage from a possible tornado in Jefferson Parish.

“Our Jefferson Parish Fire Department reports no major structural damage or injuries from the tornado at this time,” the tweet read.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said in a Tweeter that state agencies assist local agencies in damage assessment.

“My prayers are with you in southeast Louisiana tonight. Be safe,” he said.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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CNN’s Jamiel Lynch, Dave Alsup and Amanda Jackson contributed to this report.

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