Officials in Livingston Parish say at least two tornadoes touched down in Killian today, damaging homes and injuring two people. Mark Harrell, director of the Livingston Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, says they know of several residences impacted.
(pictured: overturned car in the Watson area, from the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office)
"Two homes were completely destroyed with very little debris left," said Harrell. "There were automobiles lifted and moved."
Harrell says two people that were inside their home when the twister hit were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. He says the police chief in Killian witnessed the tornadoes with his own eyes.
"He said it was two tornadoes side by side rotating around each other," said Harrell. "He saw cars go straight up in the air and land right back on their tires."
Another twister was reported in the Ascension Parish town of Donaldsonville where officials say some damage was sustained and debris widespread.
The path of damage and destruction also went through parts of New Orleans East, causing damage to homes and businesses, overturned vehicles and downed power lines and trees. This man describes what he witnessed of the tornado touchdown in New Orleans East.
"We saw it spinning," said the witness. "It sounded just like a freight train."
Craig Smith was working at New Orleans East Hospital when he saw the menacing tornado.
"There's an apartment complex here that you can see the roofing materials just flying through the air," said Smith. "I ran inside and hunkered down in a little room."
There was also damage reported at the NASA facility in the Michoud area of New Orleans. Mayor Mitch Landrieu says they are dealing with a substantial situation.
"The initial reports are that we have dozens of minor injuries," said Landrieu.
Entergy reported thousands were without power and some areas indicated gas was leaking.