Governor declares state of emergency after tornado outbreak
Posted on 2/7/2017 4:57:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards has declared yet another state of emergency in the Bayou State, as his office says at least 7 tornadoes touched down in 6 parishes on Tuesday. New Orleans East sustained the most damage, after a massive twister moved through the Crescent City around 11 a.m. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says they were extremely lucky there was no loss of life.

“Thank God we don’t have any reports of any deaths. We do have, however, a couple of dozen individuals who suffered minor injuries, but there are five or six more serious injuries,” Landrieu said.

The Governor’s Office estimates at least 20 people in southeast Louisiana sustained injuries, but no deaths were reported as a result of the twisters. Landrieu says shelters are available for people who lost everything, and they are still assessing how many homes and businesses were damaged.

“This can just be a catastrophic, crazy kind of situation, especially with a tornado that seems to just touch down and have its own mind. It’s like an elephant stomping on your house, and it’s really devastating,” Landrieu said.

Landrieu says NOPD, along with the Louisiana National Guard, will patrol the area to prevent looting and conduct search and rescue operations. He asks that people not from the area stay away because this is not the time to sight see. He says cleanup is underway so that people can transition into recovery as quickly as possible.

“The people of New Orleans and the people of Louisiana are resilient and tough. We’ve been through many, many, many things together, and we’ll get through this one as we always have with prayers and with hard work and lifting each other up,” Landrieu said.

Entergy says customers could be without power for two to three days.

Mitch Landrieu, tornadoes, John Bel Edwards, New Orleans

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