Governor: National Guard coming to New Orleans East

Tornadoes Bring Damage in South Louisiana Storms

At least seven homes have been damaged in Livingston Parish, northwest of New Orleans, where other minor injuries were reported, said Brandi Janes, the deputy emergency preparedness director.

The National Weather Service said that a risky tornado was down in New Orleans East at 11:33 a.m.

The Louisiana Red Cross said 6,500 people in New Orleans East alone were without power.

Video posted to social media shows the formed tornado wreaking havoc near the New Orleans East hospital. He says "As far as I can see, treetops are off, power lines down".

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If you are in the affected area, follow local news and radio reports for guidance and updates.

"The storm system brought strong winds and at least six tornadoes, which caused severe damage, including multiple injuries, dozens of damaged homes and businesses, and thousands left without power", Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a statement. She didn't immediately have any information on whether the homes that were destroyed were occupied when the storm struck. The facility has survived severe weather before. "Avoid windows", read the National Weather Service alert.

"We had a very serious tornado touch down in the New Orleans area", Mayor Mitch Landrieu said at a press conference from the scene. The area includes New Orleans, Gulfport, Miss., and Mobile, Ala. The tornado possibly crossed Interstate 55 between Akers and Ponchatoula.

Structural damage was also reported following a confirmed tornado north of Lake Pontchartrain.

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