One dead and multiple injuries reported as two tornadoes hit New Orleans area Tuesday night

Maria Clark Greg Hilburn Andrew J. Yawn
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The National Weather Service confirmed that two tornadoes hit the New Orleans area Tuesday night as a line of severe weather made its way across the region.

One death and multiple injuries were reported by St. Bernard Sheriff Jimmy Pohlmann during a news conference, according to Associated Press.  

Damage from the storms has been reported across the metropolitan area. 

"We have widespread confirmed damage in the New Orleans area including Arabi, Gretna and 9th Ward areas and a second coming off of Lake Pontchartrain into Slidell," said Ben Schott, the lead meteorologist at the National Weather Service New Orleans Station. "We'll be out doing surveys on the damage tomorrow."

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said in a statement Tuesday night that there have been no reports of casualties or significant damage to Orleans Parish. She added that officials are coordinating emergency response efforts in affected areas in the Lower Ninth Ward and New Orleans East

 "Our partners at Entergy are working to restore power to the 8,000 customers impacted. Residents should avoid all travel that isn't essential, to provide an opportunity for the professionals to handle this situation," she said

As of 10:30 p.m. more than 8,000 people were without power in New Orleans East and in the Lower Ninth Ward area, according to Entergy.  

Gov. John Bel Edwards' office said in a statement Tuesday night that they were tracking multiple reports of tornadoes in those areas and in portions of St. Tammany Parish.

"GOHSEP has been monitoring the weather all day and state agencies, including the State Fire Marshal, are working to assist local governments as needed. For now, we urge residents to monitor weather alerts and to heed the advice of their local officials. Please do not leave your homes if you are safe to view damage. We will know much more about the level of damage and the impacts on the community in the coming hours and, unfortunately, at first light."

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Arabi home was damaged by a tornado that struck the New Orleans area on Tuesday March 22, 2022.

As of 9 p.m. on Tuesday a steady stream of emergency response vehicles responding from St. Bernard Parish and Orleans Parish were heading into Arabi. More than 10 ambulances could be seen heading towards the area from surrounding parishes.  A staging unit for emergency response vehicles has been set up at the Arabi Self Storage location. 

This story will be updated with more information.

Freelance photographer Michael DeMocker contributed to this report

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