Multiple Tornadoes Leave 10,000 Without Power, Paths of Destruction in Louisiana
A string of powerful storms ripped through homes and businesses but spared lives in the South on Tuesday.
A string of powerful storms left paths of destruction in the South on Tuesday as tornadoes touched down across southern Louisiana and elsewhere.
Twisters ripped through areas of New Orleans, including those affected by Hurricane Katrina, causing thousands to lose power in the Bayou State.
An unknown number of homes and businesses were also destroyed while cars and trucks were flipped like toys, but Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said no deaths were reported.
According to reports, nearly half a dozen powerful twisters barreled through southeast Louisiana.
While no deaths were reported, at least 40 people were injured in Louisiana.
In surveillance footage and cell phone videos taken by brave bystanders, fierce winds whip debris through the air, roofs are blown off buildings, and power lines flash before the lights go out in the paths of the storms.
Gov. Edwards traveled to New Orleans to tour tornado-damaged areas and meet with local officials.
"I am heartbroken to once again see Louisiana families suffering in the wake of devastating tornadoes today," Gov. Edwards said Tuesday. "We are working tirelessly to ensure that every citizen affected by this storm receives the resources they need as quickly as possible."
The governor also declared a state of emergency and dispatched the National Guard to the hardest-hit areas.
The Baton Rouge area also got hit with severe weather, officials said. Three people in Ascension Parish suffered minor injuries and several homes and buildings were damaged, according to the sheriff's office.
Two Mississippi counties reported wind damage, but no injuries, from suspected tornadoes, according to reports.
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