The U.S. National Weather Service has confirmed three tornado touched down in southern Louisiana Tuesday afternoon, causing damage to multiple buildings.
According to local media and social media reports, several people may have been injured when the tornado ripped through the eastern part of the city.
Danielle Manning, a meteorologist with the weather service, says one touched down in the eastern part of New Orleans, another touched down near the town of Donaldsonville and another in the town of Killian.
Multiple tornado warnings have been issued throughout the area.
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Local media showed images of some severely damaged buildings in eastern New Orleans with downed power lines strewn across the road.
The tornadoes are part of a wall of bad weather moving across the Deep South.
Officials say at least seven homes have been damaged in Livingston Parish, Louisiana.
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Deputy Emergency Management Director Brandi Janes says two of the houses were completely destroyed.
Janes said she knows of two injuries in the parish, both minor. She didn’t immediately have any information on whether the homes that were destroyed were occupied when the storm struck.
She says they are working to get trees out of roadways and with the Red Cross to get help to damaged areas.
– With files from The Associated Press