Pictures and Videos: Strong storms leave behind damage and power outages in Greater New Orleans

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More than 32,000 Orleans and Jefferson Parish residents were left in the dark after a heavy thunderstorm blew through the metro area early this afternoon.

The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF-1 tornado caused damage in the northwest part of Kenner, along W Loyola Drive.

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Update from the City of Kenner at 1:50PM:

As Mayor Yenni and other staff are out assessing damages in Kenner, it has been confirmed that a wind event (unconfirmed tornado) has caused damage in northwest Kenner.  Mayor Yenni is stressing to Kenner residents who reside in the mid to northwest areas of Kenner (particularly on West Loyola and Grandlake to Woodlake subdivisions) to have someone check their home as soon as possible and mitigate any damages in preparation for further rainfall.  Power lines have been reported down throughout the city; proceed with caution and do not attempt to touch a downed/sagging power line.

“I want to assure citizens that we are on top of the situation.  The Kenner Fire Department and Community Development Department have contacted the Red Cross to assist anyone in need,” said Yenni.

A summary of reported damages in the Kenner area are listed below:

  • Reports of a number of homes with roof damage and blown out windows in the far NW quadrant of the City.  (3800 – 4400 West Loyola and Grandlake subdivision)
  • Approximately 5,000 Kenner residents without power.
  • Numerous electrical and light poles reported leaning along canal running parallel to and west of West Loyola.
  • 3500 – 3700 Loyola – construction zone, barricades and cones strewn about.
  • 3500 – 3700 East Loyola – debris in roadway including portable sheds and awning.
  • Numerous electrical poles leaning and wires down and lying in roadway and across lawns in the area of Acron and 27th Street.
  • Wind damage including downed trees and power lines reported in the Roosevelt and 21st Street areas.