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Friday, February 3, 2023

Three dead in Louisiana as storms spawn tornadoes in southern US

A massive and unstable storm system that swept across the United States killed at least three people in Louisiana, ripping through the state from north to south, including the New Orleans area where 2021 Hurricanes Ida and Had memories of a tornado. march.

Elsewhere, the massive system caused blizzard-like conditions over the Great Plains.

Officials reported several injuries in Louisiana and more than 40,000 power outages across the state as of Wednesday night.

The storm moved east on Wednesday after a mother and her child died in the northwestern part of the state a day earlier. The system spawned a suspected tornado that killed a woman in St. Charles Parish in southeast Louisiana on Wednesday and another that struck parts of New Orleans and neighboring Jefferson and St. Bernard parishes, including a tornado in March. Heavy damage done.

A tornado struck New Iberia, Louisiana, slightly injuring five people and shattering windows at a multi-story Iberia Medical Center building, the hospital said. As the night wore on, the tornado threat in Mississippi decreased, although some counties in Florida and Alabama remained under threat of severe weather.

A Winn-Dixie Employee Talks To A Customer And Tells Her The Store Is Closed After A Storefront Collapsed Due To A Tornado In Gretna, Louisiana, In Jefferson Parish Neighboring New Orleans, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022.  No One Got Injured.  In Store.  (Ap Photo/Matthew Hinton)

A Winn-Dixie employee talks to a customer and tells her the store is closed after a storefront collapsed due to a tornado in Gretna, Louisiana, in Jefferson Parish neighboring New Orleans, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. No one got injured. In store. ( Associated Press Photo/Matthew Hinton)

New Orleans emergency director Collin Arnold said businesses and homes in the city suffered significant wind damage, mainly on the west bank of the Mississippi River. A house fell down. There were four people injured, he said, adding: “The last word we had was they were stable.”

Similar damage was reported nearby.

“Many homes and businesses have suffered catastrophic damage,” the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said in a statement from that large western suburb of New Orleans. Among the badly damaged buildings was the Sheriff’s Office Training Academy building.

In St. Bernard Parish, where the March tornado struck, Sheriff Jimmy Pohlman said the latest damage from the tornado spread about 2 miles (3.2 kilometers). Parish president Guy McInnis said damage was less than in the March tornado, although several roofs were destroyed or damaged.

Charles Parish, west of New Orleans, said a woman was found dead after a suspected tornado tore through the community of Kelowna along the Mississippi River on Wednesday, damaging homes. He said that eight people were taken to the hospital in an injured condition.

“She was outside the residence, so we don’t know exactly what happened,” St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne said of the woman who was killed. “There was debris everywhere. Could have been a hit. We don’t know for sure. But it was a terrible, very violent tornado.”

It took hours for authorities to find the bodies of a mother and son missing after a tornado struck their mobile home Tuesday in Keithville, south of Shreveport, about 280 miles (450 kilometers) away in northern Louisiana.

[Con informción de The Associated Press]

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