Tornadoes wreak havoc in Louisiana
The three tornadoes that struck southeastern Louisiana on Tuesday injured about 20 people, destroyed homes and businesses, flipped cars and trucks, and left about 10,000 customers without power, but no deaths were reported, the governor said.
Gov. John Bel Edwards took an aerial tour and made a disaster declaration before meeting with officials in New Orleans. The worst damage was in the same 9th Ward that was so heavily flooded in Hurricane Katrina.
Edwards, a Democrat, said he was heartbroken to see some of the same people suffering again and promised that the state will provide the affected citizens with the resources they need as quickly as possible.
Hatchet-wielding firefighters walked up and down the debris-strewn Chef Menteur Highway after the storm, looking for anyone missing or trapped. Their primary search came up empty, and a secondary search was planned to make sure and to better assess the damage.
Edwards said he called in the Louisiana National Guard to police and secure the area and urged people to stay away.
The storm ripped apart homes, toppled a gas station canopy, snapped tall power poles and flipped a food truck upside-down. It left shards of metal hanging from trees and trapped a truck driver as power lines wrapped around his cab.
The wall of severe weather also delivered heavy rain and hail to Mississippi and Alabama.