UPDATE: The National Weather Service says the Arabi tornado was an EF-3. The tornado was on the ground for 11 miles and moved from Gretna through Arabi and New Orleans East. 


NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — The National Weather Service in New Orleans reported a large EF-3 tornado moving across a section of the city just after 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening.

The NWS retweeted a video of the twister as it rumbled across the Lower Ninth Ward with specific instructions to find shelter immediately.

Minutes earlier, a tornado was observed near Lacombe, about 11 miles southeast of Covington. The twister was moving northeast at 45 mph.

At 7:50 p.m., the NWS reported that the tornado and associated storm have moved to the east. There are still showers around but none are severe at this time.

Stay tuned to WGNO News on ABC 26 for continuing storm coverage.