The powerful tornado caused significant damage in Arabi, 圣. Bernard Parish President Guy McInnis said. Some homes were “picked up off their foundations and are lying in the street,” 他说.
Eight people were hospitalized for injuries related to the storm, 路易斯安那州政府. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday during a news conference.
The National Weather Service gave the tornado a preliminary EF-3 rating on the Enhanced Fujita Scale
Another Arabi resident, Damarys Olea, said her family — including her husband and two children ages 6 和 8 — used a mattress to cover themselves as they sought shelter in a bathroom of their home as the tornado swept through. The windows of her home were blown out and downed powerlines fell on the family’s cars and yard — though the house itself was mostly spared.
Olea said as the tornado closed in, she felt pressure in her ears.
“We felt the pressure, and it was scary. It was like being in a movie,” Olea said. “The wind, the pressure, the noise, the house shaking … it just felt like a train was going by.”
Another tornado touched down Tuesday evening in the Lacombe area of St
. Tammany Parish
, across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans
, the National Weather Service said
. No injuries were immediately reported in Lacombe
, but the tornado did snap dozens of trees
, destroyed a shed and left minor roof damage
, 的 weather service
That tornado was on the ground for 12.2 miles and had a maximum width of 100 码, with peak winds preliminarily estimated at 90 英里每小时, making it an EF-1 tornado, according to the weather service.
In New Orleans, 关于 50 structures saw some type of damage, but none that was significant, and no injuries were reported in the city, 官员说.
System bringing rain to the East Coast
The storm system that slammed the New Orleans area Tuesday also spawned more than
30 tornadoes in 德州 Monday and still holds the potential for severe conditions Thursday as it trudges toward the East Coast
, though the most dangerous threats have likely passed
“A few strong/severe storms will be possible through midday over parts of the Mid-Atlantic region
, extending southward along the Atlantic Coast
, and during the afternoon over parts of northern/eastern Florida
”, the weather service’s Storm Prediction Center 警告
多于 17 million people are at marginal risk (a level 1 的 5) for severe weather stretching from Tampa, 佛罗里达, through southern Delaware, according to an alert issued by the storm center.
Widespread rainfall totals in the region Thursday are forecast to range between 1 和 2 英寸, with some isolated pockets at risk of seeing between 2 和 4 英寸.
Central Florida is under threat of excessive rainfall Thursday “due to round after round of storms producing heavy rainfall,” CNN Meteorologist Robert Shackelford said.
The system already brought record rainfall across parts of the South.
在路易斯安那州, Shreveport broke its 1871 daily record of 1.29 inches of rain when it saw 3.81 英寸.
Multiple daily rainfall records were also broken in Alabama: Birmingham broke its 1908 rainfall record of 1.95 inches when it collected 2.32 英寸; Tuscaloosa saw 3.56 英寸, blowing past its previous record of 1.1 inches in 2012; Monticello received 2.87 英寸, surpassing the record of 2.72 inches in 1968.
在杰克逊, 密西西比州, 1.69 inches of rain fell, breaking the 1953 record of 1.63 英寸.