New Orleans Tornadoes Leave a Path of Destruction

THE NEW ORLEANS — People in the New Orleans area awoke as morning broke the day after two tornadoes made landfall to survey the severely damaged homes and debris-filled streets left in its path.

Two Tornadoes Had Struck the World

Early on Wednesday, the National Weather Service confirmed that two tornadoes had struck the world the previous evening: one in Lacombe, north of the town along Lake Pontchartrain, and one other that struck both the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans and St.

New Orleans Tornadoes Leave a Path of Destruction

Bernard Parish, causing at least one fatality and sending additional individuals to the hospital. The National Guard, state police, and other rescuers spent the entire day combing through the devastation in search of residents who may have been trapped.

Extent of the Damage

Man McInnis, the president of St. Bernard Parish, said in an interview that “we don’t know how many and we don’t know the severity of the accidents right now” as authorities struggled to determine how many people were left homeless or injured and the extent of the damage.

Sheriff of St. Bernard Parish James Pohlmann said, “There are homes that might be lacking.” “One fell into the path of the road.”

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Rescue of a Woman

When 44-year-old Aaron Ledet heard the wind, he went to the bathroom. He said, “I just put my family in the bathtub and prayed.” He went outside as soon as the winds subsided to look for another home that had been blown into the middle of the road. While serving in the U.S. Navy, Mr. Ledet performed search and rescue operations and claimed to have assisted in the rescue of a woman whose oxygen tank had broken down.

On Tuesday night, similar scenes were performed all over St. Bernard Parish. In the midst of complete darkness, downed tree branches, live power lines, and the smell of fuel from broken fuel lines, neighbours who had previously assisted one another during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which inundated every home in the parish, pitched in once more to aid one another. At an informational meeting late on Tuesday night, Mr. McInnis of St. Bernard Parish said, “We have a long road ahead of us with this restoration.”

Home Down the Block

When Callie Marshall, 22, heard “a lot of wind coming quick,” she had just applied a mud mask to her face. Her house in St. Bernard Parish started to tremble. Her bathtub’s tiles started bouncing off the wall. She knelt next to the bathroom holding her 2-year-old son Luke as the funnel cloud burst, bringing down a large oak tree next to her house and completely flattening another home down the block.

Twister Hit

The twister struck as a powerful spring storm system that was responsible for at least one other fatality this week passed through the Deep South. Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana closed many state offices by Tuesday morning, hours before the twister hit, and schools in Louisiana and Mississippi changed their schedules accordingly.

Weather and Flooding

On Wednesday, the same storm system was moving toward the East, and the weather service predicted that the threat of extreme weather and flooding “ought to wane considerably.” According to, a website that gathers data from utilities across the USA, almost 100,000 people were without power on Tuesday throughout Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana for an unspecified period of time. On Wednesday morning, a lot had been repaired.

Early on Wednesday morning, parts of the Florida Panhandle and Southeastern Alabama were still under a tornado watch.

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In February 2017, New Orleans was hit by a twister with winds as high as 150 mph, according to the National Climate Service. 33 people were injured and more than 600 homes were damaged by the storm.