State of emergency declared after 4 tornadoes hit Louisiana

At least four tornadoes were spawned by a storm system that swept through Louisiana Tuesday, with widespread damage reported in parts of New Orleans.

Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency in the wake of the damaging storms and said he will travel to southeastern Louisiana to survey the destruction left behind.

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Wreckage covers the grounds of a mobile home park a day after it was hit by a tornado, in Convent, Louisiana February 24, 2016 in an aerial photo provided by the Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. Several tornadoes lashed southern Louisiana and Mississippi on Tuesday, killing at least three people and injuring more than 30 as the storms destroyed dozens of homes and businesses and toppled a water tower, weather and emergency officials said. Hardest hit in Louisiana was the Mississippi River hamlet of Convent, where 90 percent of the estimated 160 mobile homes at the Sugar Hill trailer park were demolished, state police superintendent Colonel Mike Edmonson told a news conference. REUTERS/Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness/Handout via Reuters FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.THIS PICTURE WAS PROCESSED BY REUTERS TO ENHANCE QUALITY. AN UNPROCESSED VERSION HAS BEEN PROVIDED SEPARATELY
Wreckage covers the grounds of a mobile home park a day after it was hit by a tornado, in Convent, Louisiana February 24, 2016 in an aerial photo provided by the Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. Several tornadoes lashed southern Louisiana and Mississippi on Tuesday, killing at least three people and injuring more than 30 as the storms destroyed dozens of homes and businesses and toppled a water tower, weather and emergency officials said. Hardest hit in Louisiana was the Mississippi River hamlet of Convent, where 90 percent of the estimated 160 mobile homes at the Sugar Hill trailer park were demolished, state police superintendent Colonel Mike Edmonson told a news conference. REUTERS/Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness/Handout via Reuters FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
Tropical Depression Isaac is seen as it begins to dissipate over the Midwest U.S. in this September 1, 2012 NASA handout satellite image. The remnants of Hurricane Isaac were grinding slowing northward with its center deep into Missouri and the heavy rain stretching for hundreds of miles east into Illinois amid reports of tornadoes and high winds, meteorologists said. REUTERS/NASA/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT) THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 07: A woman looks at the wreckage caused by a tornado which touched down along Chef Menture Avenue on February 7, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. According to the weather service 25 people were injured in the aftermath of the tornado. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 07: A little girl plays with a broken stick amongst the debris that was left behind by a tornad on on February 7, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. According to the weather service 25 people were injured in the aftermath of the tornado. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 07: A man stands inside his buisnnes after a tornado ripped off his roof on February 7, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. According to the weather service, 25 people were injured in the aftermath of the tornado. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 07: Cars are covered with bricks after a tornado touched down along Chef Menture Avenue on February 7, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. According to the weather service, 25 people were injured in the aftermath of the tornado. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 07: A woman holds three dogs by a make-shift leash amongst the debris left behind by a tornado on February 7, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. According to the weather service, 25 people were injured in the aftermath of the tornado. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 07: Residents walk down a street along Chef Menture Ave after a tornado touched down in the eastern part of the city on February 7, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. According to the weather service 25 people were injured in the aftermath of the tornado. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
VILONIA, AR - APRIL 29: A police officer walks past an overturned car at a homesite that was destroyed by a tornado on Sunday, April 29, 2014 in Vilonia, Arkansas. After deadly tornadoes ripped through the region leaving more than a dozen dead, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana and Tennessee are all under watch as multiple storms over the next few days are expected. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
VILONIA, AR - APRIL 29: Volunteer Gina Lowe (C) helps a family move belongings from a home that was destroyed by a tornado on Sunday, April 29, 2014 in Vilonia, Arkansas. After deadly tornadoes ripped through the region leaving more than a dozen dead, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana and Tennessee are all under watch as multiple storms are expected over the next few days. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 07: A police officer walks through a damaged gas station along Chef Menture Avenue after a tornado touched down in the eastern part of the city on February 7, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. According to the weather service, 25 people were injured in the aftermath of the tornado. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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One of the hardest-hit areas was New Orleans East. Shortly after the supercell passed through, severe damage to homes and businesses was reported by local media. Emergency managers reported at least 60 homes and businesses were damaged in New Orleans East, and at least 20 people were hurt. Following a preliminary survey, the National Weather Service said the tornado was at least EF2 in strength.

New Orleans East is home to at least 65,000 residents, down from 95,000 prior to Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the area in 2005. New Orleans East is a neighborhood in the city's Ninth Ward.

In some areas, homes that were rebuilt after Katrina were damaged or destroyed by Tuesday's tornado. Yoshekia Brown was one such example; her home was destroyed by the monster hurricane, and on Tuesday, three-fourths of her New Orleans East home collapsed, according to the Associated Press.

"I lived in between two blighted properties. One of those would have been gone before my house," she told the AP. "It's just gone. Like the movie Twister."





The tornado also left damage to NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility and the USDA's National Finance Center's Primary Business Center. The buildings are located adjacent to one another in Michoud.

"At this time, only minor injuries have been reported and NASA employees and other tenants are being accounted for," NASA said in a statement Tuesday afternoon. "There is still a threat of severe weather in the area and emergency officials are continuing to monitor the situation to ensure the safety of onsite personnel. The onsite Michoud emergency response team is also conducting damage assessments of buildings and facilities."

Late Tuesday morning, a tornado was reported south of Killian, a town of about 1,200 northwest of Lake Pontchartrain. The tornado possibly crossed Interstate 55 between Akers and Ponchatoula.

That storm moved east, prompting a tornado emergency to be declared by the NWS for parts of St. Tammany and Tangipahoa parishes. Emergency management reported a tornado from the storm in Madisonville, about 35 miles east of Killian, where additional damage was confirmed.

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In Livingston Parish, at least 10 homes were damaged and two minor injuries were reported, deputy emergency management preparedness director Brandi Janes told the AP.

"Two of them are completely gone ... all the way to the ground," she told the AP.

Hail as big as ping-pong balls was observed near Kenner, Louisiana. More than 10,000 homes and businesses lost power in southeastern Louisiana because of the storms, according to the Times-Picayune.

A few severe storms also developed early Tuesday morning, producing quarter-size hail near Little Rock, Arkansas, while a wind gust to 62 mph was clocked in Henning, Tennessee.

Damage, Injury Reported in Florida

As severe storms marched east, a waterspout reportedly came ashore in Destin, Florida, Tuesday afternoon. According to the Pensacola News Journal, the reported tornado damaged the roof of McGuire's Irish Pub and hit an EMS vehicle, injuring one person.

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