At least three people have died and more than a dozen have been injured in Louisiana as the state and the wider region has been battered by severe weather. According to the National Weather Service a tornado reached New Orleans around 4pm central time (10 pm GMT) on Wednesday afternoon.
The National Weather Service has reported that the worst hit areas were from Gretna to Arabi in Louisiana.
Speaking to CNN Gretna Mayor Belinda Constant said that Wednesday’s severe weather was “worse than Hurricane Ida”.
A 56-year-old woman “died after a tornado destroyed her home” in Killona around 30 miles from New Orleans, according to a tweet from the Louisiana Department of Health.
Officials from St. Charles Parish said that the identify of the women had yet to be released.
During a news conference on Wednesday Sheriff Greg Champagne said that eight other people have non-life-threatening injuries.
Sheriff Champagne added that the tornado had caused significant damage.
He said: “There’s a piece of debris on the levee behind you that came from our firing range, 1.7 miles away.
“This one created quite a bit of devastation.”
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As a result of the storm power was cut off to 45,000 people in Louisiana and more than 9,000 in Mississippi, reported PowerOutage.us.
On Wednesday Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency according to an emergency proclamation.
He said: “This dangerous storm is still with us.
“Stay weather aware and heed the warnings of your local officials.”