A massive tornado ripping through Louisiana has left three dead and more than a dozen injured, CNN reports.
A tornado touched down in Louisiana around 4:00 p.m. CST Wednesday as numerous power flashes were seen on tower cameras. The New Orleans area suffered three tornado reports over the course of two hours. (RELATED: NY Gov. Hochul Issues State Of Emergency Over Prolonged, Paralyzing Snowfall Forecast In Historic Weather Phenomena)
The Louisiana Department of Health confirmed the death of a 56-year-old female whose home in St. Charles Parish was destroyed, bringing the total death count so far to 3. A young boy was found deceased by the sheriff’s office on Tuesday. Early Wednesday morning, his mother was also found dead under debris caused by the tornado.
Wow! This is the second time I’ve seen a non-hurricane tornado of this size in New Orleans pic.twitter.com/g2a1sgMUnb
— Patrick Fortier (@Gorilder) December 14, 2022
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has declared a national emergency over the storms, and toured the damage Wednesday.
The Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness has encouraged those who suffered from damage to report it.
“It does not replace filing a claim with your insurance agency. This is a voluntary survey and does not guarantee disaster relief assistance,” the agency wrote.