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Tornadoes ripped through southern Louisiana
New Orleans, LA – Tornadoes ripped through southern Louisiana on Tuesday evening, leaving only splintered wood where houses once stood and causing dozens of minor injuries as a violent weather system barreled across the South.
There were no immediate reports of deaths after four tornadoes hit the region, leaving 10,000 homes without power and prompting Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards to declare a state of emergency. Dozens of homes, cars and businesses were damaged.
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.
James Thomas rode out the storm there in his bathroom after grabbing his motorcycle helmet for extra protection. After the danger passed, he emerged to find his house narrowly escaped the path of the tornado, which left his neighborhood encased in damage.
“It’s bad,” he told the Associated Press. “I’ve never seen it this bad.”
Twisters also touched down near Donaldsonville, Killian and Ponchatoula, the Storm Prediction Center said. NASA reported damage and minor injuries at its facility in Michoud.