Tornado, Damaged Buildings Reported In Kenner, Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A tornado with winds of 110 mph damaged several buildings in Kenner early Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

         The tornado was part of a line of severe thunderstorms that moved across Louisiana late Monday night and Tuesday.

         The EF-1 tornado — one of the weakest designations — damaged the roofs of the Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, the Southeast Telecom, Inc. building and a fire station across the street, the weather service said.

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         "We are very fortunate that it appears there are no injuries," Kenner Mayor Michael Yenni said in a news release.

         As residents cleaned up, power companies were working to restore electricity to homes and businesses.

         At midday Tuesday, Entergy reported just over 1,500 customers without power in the New Orleans metro area. AEP Swepco reported about 8,000 customers without power in the Shreveport area.

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         The weather service said strong winds downed multiple trees onto a mobile home in the Greenwell Springs area of East Baton Rouge Parish early Tuesday morning. No one was injured.

         As the line entered the state Monday night, tree and power line damage was reported in northwest Louisiana.

         Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Cindy Chadwick said a tree fell on a mobile home and car on Cook Road, but no one was injured.

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         Winds caused tree and power line damage in Ouachita, Morehouse and Richland parishes, the weather service said.

         – by AP Reporter Bill Fuller




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