Louisiana cleans up after deadly tornado

by Gerald Herbert and Rebecca Santana | The Associated Press

ARABI, La. – Louisiana National Guardsmen and other responders went door-to-door Wednesday in areas around New Orleans as the area was dug by an overnight tornado, in which Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency and called for destruction ” destructive”. ,

Other tornadoes generated by the same system caused so much damage in Texas that the governor declared disaster in 16 counties. Buildings were torn down in Alabama, where torrential rain has been recorded.

Two people were killed and several others injured as the storm raged south, affecting homes and the lives of those living in them.

Among the dead were 25-year-old Conor Lambert in St. Bernard Parish, next to New Orleans, and a woman north of Dallas. Coroner officials said Lambert died of “multiple blunt force strokes.”

Edwards declared a state of emergency in St. Bernard, Orleans, Jefferson and St. Tammany Parish. Flying over the area on Wednesday, he walked the streets of tornado-stricken Arabic community near New Orleans, greeting hurricane victims through the rubble of their homes.

“It’s so sad, because the destruction is so devastating,” Edwards said. “The good news is for most of your neighbors who are out of this narrow self-interest – they are able to help.”

In front of their roofless home, another woman told Edwards that she, her husband and their 1-year-old son had taken refuge in the bathroom as the tornado came down.

“We just fell down, and he jumped on us, covering our son,” she said. “so scary.”

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said Wednesday, “No injuries, casualties or significant damage were reported in Orleans Parish, but the tornado touched down across Lake Pontchartrain, east of downtown, and east into Lacombe.

Debris hanging from trees and electrical wires between houses in Arabic. Electric poles were down, forcing emergency workers to walk slowly through dark neighborhoods investigating damage early Wednesday.

One of the houses destroyed was that of Jibari Brown, who had not yet spent the night there. He started taking his belongings to the White House on Saturday and switched on his TV on Tuesday. They are still on the walls, she says, but the house around them has fallen into disrepair and its foundations have broken.

“It took me a year to find my ideal home,” said Brown, an ICU nurse. He pointed to the rubble: “This is my ideal home.”

Amy Sims, who jumped in her car at the time of the tornado warning and went to the Arabian Heights area to check on relatives, said she was “not mentally prepared” for the devastation.

“A bomb looked like it had exploded,” she said, describing doctors, some crying, dodging live wires as they went door to door through broken houses.

The National Weather Service said the Arabian damage was caused by tornadoes of at least EF-3 strength, meaning it had winds of 158–206 mph (254–332 km/h), while the Lacombe-area twister An EF-1, with strong winds of 90 mph (145 km/h).

Television stations broadcast live images as the storm damaged an area about 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) long and half a mile (0.8 kilometers) wide in St. Bernard Parish, where Ochsner Health said the emergency department treated eight patients. went.

From the wind, the path of the Arabian Twister was reflected in the tight strip of houses that were roofless or reduced to splinters, with the debris line interrupted in places where the tornado apparently left buildings. Outside that devastation, the house looked unfinished.

Colin Arnold, director of homeland security and emergency preparedness in New Orleans, described the “incredible devastation” in Arabic, where he said fire, EMS and police officers from across Louisiana were searching and assessing the damage.

Louisiana activated 300 National Guard personnel to clear roads and provide assistance. John Rahim Jr., the parish’s director of homeland security, said he was joined by firefighters and others conducting a door-to-door search to make sure they were found.

The residents of Arby cleaned the broken glass and tried to save their belongings. The community next to the city’s Lower 9th Ward was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and hit hard again when Hurricane Ida arrived last year.

Michel Malasovich was sending messages to his relatives in Arabic from his home when “suddenly the lights began to twinkle.”

Malasovich said of the storm, “It was just getting louder and louder.” After it passed, some pillars were blown off his porch and the windows of his jeep were blown out. Others were even worse: “Now our neighbor’s house is in the middle of the street.”

Neighbors and officials said that inside the house the couple came out of the rubble to rescue their daughter, who was on a breathing machine and was trapped inside. Guy McInnis, president of St. Bernard Parish, later said the girl was “doing fine.”

Lauren Newpert was not at her Arby’s home Tuesday night when the tornado struck, but her partner and their 2-year-old daughter were hiding in the bathroom and were not harmed.

But the rent of the house was also not good, the blue sky was visible on Wednesday, where the roof had burst. Inside, Newpert said it looked like snowfall had occurred, with pieces of insulation scattered.
“I know it will take me months to get back to my house,” she said.

As the storm front moved east, an apparent twister broke a metal building and shattered the windows east of Mobile Bay. The Weather Service reported more than 8 inches (20 centimeters) of rain overnight in the central Alabama city of Silacauga. The roofs of several homes were damaged in Toxie, Alabama, where a tornado warning was issued.

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