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New Orleans: tornadoes

At least three tornados have touched down in the New Orleans area on Feb. 7. One was reported in the eastern part of New Orleans, another near the town of Donaldsonville and another in the town of Killian. (Claritza Jimenez/The Washington Post)

Severe thunderstorms barreled through the Southeast on Tuesday, dropping at least two tornadoes in southern Louisiana, one of which did major damage to communities in east New Orleans.


The large tornado was filmed by storm chasers and residents as it tracked from west to east across the populous New Orleans region. Multiple tornado warnings were issued as the storm evolved in which the National Weather Service used strong language to convey a tornado had been spotted on the ground.


Storms continued into the afternoon in the area while affected communities in the New Orleans area began to assess the damage. Major damage to homes and businesses was reported on social media via photos and video. It is not yet known if there are injuries or fatalities.