Tornadoes claim 3 lives in Louisiana, severe weather threat continues

Governor declares state of emergency, damage spans all corners of the state

By: - December 14, 2022 4:28 pm

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Severe weather in Louisiana over the past 24 hours has spawned tornadoes that have been blamed for three deaths, with the threat persisting through Wednesday evening.

A 30-year-old woman and her 8-year-old son were killed Tuesday night in rural Caddo Parish after a tornado struck their home, and authorities in St. Charles Parish confirmed a woman was killed after a twister hit the Killona community Wednesday.

The National Weather Service reported six possible tornadoes Tuesday night in Caddo, Union, Rapides, Madison, East Carroll and Franklin parishes. Gov. John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency and was traveling to northwest Louisiana to visit damaged areas.

News sources reported a tornado touchdown midday Wednesday in Iberia Parish, and another in Jefferson Parish in the afternoon that tracked from Gretna through the Algiers area and across the Mississippi River into and upper St. Bernard Parish. Damage was reported in the same section Arabi that a tornado hit in March.

The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) is asking anyone who sustained damage from the storms to file a report at damage.la.gov. Reporting damage to GOHSEP is voluntary but does not replace filing an insurance claim.

“It is important for everyone to understand the threat is not over,” GOHSEP Director Casey Tingle said in a statement. “… That line, which may include additional wind and tornado threats, may not clear the state until Wednesday evening. We urge everyone to remain weather aware and stay informed.  Limit travel if road conditions become dangerous. Look for potential messaging from the National Weather Service, your local media or your local emergency managers.”

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