Storms Flood Streets, Damage Houses Across Southeast Louisiana

April 26, 2013

A fast-moving line of intense thunderstorms flooded streets, knocked out power to more than 30,000 people in southeast Louisiana and spawned two tornadoes that damaged homes and businesses in Jefferson Parish.

No injuries were reported. Kenner officials say the storm did major damage to 11 homes and minor damage to another 11.

The National Weather Service confirms that much of Wednesday’s damage in Kenner was from a tornado with winds reaching 90 miles an hour. A second, weaker, tornado hit 15 minutes later in Metairie.

Entergy Corp., the utility serving most of the affected area, reported about 5,500 customers without power in Louisiana late Wednesday evening, down from more than 32,000 as the storms moved through at midday.

The line of storms prompted several tornado watches and warnings.

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