New Orleans — At dawn the day after the deadly tornado broke out, people in the New Orleans area woke up on Wednesday to investigate the heavily damaged houses and debris-filled streets left on the road.
The tornado struck both Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans and the Parish of St. Bernard, adjacent to the city, on Tuesday night, killing at least one person and sending him to the hospital. Overnight time to seek out and screen the destruction of potentially trapped inhabitants.
“At this point, we don’t know the number and severity of injuries,” Guy McKinnis, president of the Parish of St. Bernard, said in an interview. Authorities had a hard time determining the number of refugees. Or hurt, degree of damage.
“There is a missing house,” said James Paulman, Sheriff of the Parish of St. Bernard. “One landed in the middle of the street.”
44-year-old Aaron Rede heard the wind and headed to the bathroom. “I just put my family in the tub and prayed,” he said. When the wind stopped, he went outside and found another house blown away in the middle of the street. Mr. Redett, who searched and rescued while on duty in the US Navy, said he helped rescue a girl whose oxygen cylinder had failed.
A similar scene took place throughout the Parish of St. Bernard on Tuesday night. Neighbors who helped each other at Hurricane Katrina in 2005 were flooded in every house in the parish, in the scent of gas from pitch-black fallen tree branches, live lines, and damaged gas lines. We helped each other again. “This recovery has a long way to go,” McKinnis of the Parish of St. Bernard said at a press conference late Tuesday night.
22-year-old Callie Marshall had just put a mud mask on his face when he heard that “a lot of wind blows fast.” Her house in the Parish of St. Bernard began to shake. Her shower tiles began to pop out of the wall. Holding her two-year-old son, Luke, crouching beside the toilet as the funnel cloud passed, knocking down a large oak tree next to her house and flattening another house completely. did.
The tornado came this week as a powerful spring storm system blamed for the death of at least one other person who passed through the Deep South.By Tuesday morning, hours before the tornado hit, Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana had Closed many state officesAnd schools in Louisiana and Mississippi have adjusted their schedules in anticipation of the weather.
The same storm system was moving east on Wednesday, and weather services said the threat of stormy weather and floods “should diminish somewhat.” Nearly 100,000 people were out of power at some point in Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana on Tuesday, according to PowerOutage.us, a website that aggregates data from utilities across the United States. By the beginning of Wednesday, much had recovered.
The Florida Panhandle and parts of southeastern Alabama remained under tornado surveillance early Wednesday morning.
The tornado last struck New Orleans in February 2017, with winds estimated by the National Weather Service up to 150 mph. The storm damaged more than 600 homes and injured 33 people.