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Published: Thu, February 09, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Lula West

Damage, injuries reported as tornadoes hit Louisiana

Damage, injuries reported as tornadoes hit Louisiana

At least four tornadoes touched down in Louisiana late Tuesday morning, destroying homes and businesses and injuring residents.

The National Weather Service office in New Orleans continues to issue warnings and take cover alerts across the states Tuesday afternoon as the storms progress.

According ABC News, at least five tornadoes touched down, one at each of the following locations: New Orleans; Baton Rouge, La.; Donaldsonville, La.; Ponchatoula, La.; and Killian, La.

New Orleans East Hospital confirmed five patients were admitted with storm-related injuries, WGNO reported.

The worst of the devastation occurred in New Orleans East, where a tornado ripped buildings from foundations and left power lines dangerously strewn across roadways.

A New Orleans man had just finished restoring a blighted house for sale in the city when a tornado hit.

WWL-TV Reporter Jacqueline Quynh surveyed the damage in New Orleans East.

NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans was impacted by a tornado, the agency said Tuesday. Most homes affected in the city were newly rebuilt in the light of Hurricane Katrina.

Governor John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency and FEMA preliminary damage assessment teams are scheduled to begin work Wednesday in impacted areas in order to help determine what levels of federal assistance will be available. No other injuries or fatalities have been reported. As often happens in situations like these, some information reported early may turn out to be inaccurate. These tornadoes have caused major damages to the region as a wave of severe thunderstorms is said to have swept through the region. Emergency management is reporting that 2 people were injured as they were inside one of the homes that was completed destroyed.

As of 11 a.m. local time Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, north of New Orleans, was closed by the severe weather.

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