United States: At least one dead in the tornado in the New Orleans region | Weather News


The severe weather event was part of a storm system that had already killed one person in Texas as it swept across the southern United States.

A large tornado ripped through the US city of New Orleans and its surrounding suburbs, destroying homes and killing at least one person.

The tornado touched down Tuesday evening in the state of Louisiana, in the south of the country, according to the authorities.

“Big tornado on the ground in New Orleans! Take shelter now! the local National Weather Service office tweeted at 8:35 p.m. (02:35 GMT Wednesday).

Parts of St Bernard Parish, which borders New Orleans to the southeast, appeared to bear the brunt of the storm.

Residents talk among the debris of their damaged homes after a tornado hit the area [Gerald Herbert/AP]

Parish officials, which along with the Lower Ninth Ward had been devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, reported a single death and several injuries related to the event.

They didn’t say how the person died. According to Sheriff Jimmy Pohlmann, rescuers searched the suburban parish for more people in need of help.

About 13,000 homes and businesses were reported to have been without power in the three parishes around New Orleans after the storm.

However, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell tweeted late Tuesday that there were no reports of casualties or significant damage within the city limits, and the electric utility was working to restore electricity to the 8,000 customers concerned.

Tornadoes spawned by the same storm system had previously struck parts of Texas and Oklahoma, destroying property and killing one person on Monday.

New Orleans has repeatedly faced extreme weather conditions in recent years.

Tornado damage in New Orleans
A person takes a photo of the damage in Arabi, Louisiana [Gerald Herbert/AP]

Beyond Katrina, many residents suffered damage in 2021 when Hurricane Ida – a category four hurricane – swept through the area.

Stacey Mancuso said her family had just completed repairs to their home in the suburb of Arabi after damage from Ida ripped off their roof and caused extensive water damage.

She huddled in the laundry room with her husband, two children and dogs as the tornado swept through on Tuesday, taking part of their newly replaced roof with it.

“We are alive. That’s what I can say at this point,” she said. “We still have four walls and part of a roof. I consider myself lucky.


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