Woman killed during tornado outbreak in Killona, West Bank, Arabi
The heavy storms move in during the afternoon
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Extensive damage was reported throughout southeast Louisiana during a round of severe weather that spawned at least three possible tornadoes. At least nine were reported statewide.
In St. Charles Parish, officials say a tornado struck in the area of Schoolhouse Road in Killona, killing 56-year-old Allison Alexander and injuring eight others. The National Weather Service has given that twister a preliminary EF-2 rating.
Wind speeds range from 111-135 mph in EF-2 tornadoes. Officials say the 75-yard-wide Killona tornado traveled 5 miles with wind speeds of around 120 mph.
People living on Schoolhouse Road reported extensive damage, including flipped mobile homes and debris scattered about. Officials say power lines were knocked down and some roads were blocked. The same tornado tracked over and touched down in Montz.
St. Charles Parish President Matt Jewel declared a state of emergency.
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On the West Bank of New Orleans, extensive damage was reported along the West Bank Expressway in Marrero, Harvey, Gretna, and Algiers.
Nine months after a large EF-3 tornado tore through Arabi in St. Bernard Parish, officials say an EF-2 tornado Wednesday took an almost identical track. Most of the damage reported was roof damage, according to Parish President Guy McInnis. Officials say no buildings were totally destroyed and there were no major injuries to report.
On the North Shore, a tornado was spotted over Loranger. Parish officials did not report any serious damage or injuries.
Earlier in the day, the New Iberia Police Department says several people were trapped in their homes in the Southport subdivision when a tornado touched down sometime after noon. Several homes were damaged, according to a Facebook post from the department, and rescue efforts are underway.
The National Weather Service office in Shreveport, Louisiana, says a survey team has preliminarily designated a tornado that struck southern Caddo Parish as an EF-2.
Search crews discovered the body of a 30-year-old woman early Wednesday after a tornado destroyed her home in Keithville, Louisiana, according to the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office.
She was found under debris one street over from her home hours after the body of her 8-year-old son was found in the woods near their destroyed home.
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Tuesday evening, nearly 25 people were injured when a tornado struck the town of Farmerville.
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