A tornado warning was issued for New Orleans as the weather over Paradis or near Hahnville changed. Residents in St. Charles, Jefferson, Washington and St. Tammany parishes were encouraged to take shelter Saturday following the weather forecast.
Part of Highway 90 in St. Charles Parish is closed and there are almost 4,500 buildings without power in St. Charles and Jefferson Parishes. Hundreds of flights are set to be impacted due to the tornado.
A spokesperson for St. Charles Parish told WWL-TV that Entergy plans to get power back up for affected areas by midnight. A few hundreds were affected as of 7:00 p.m. local time.
Winds gusted up to 60 miles per hour during the severe weather. Damage was seen on the west bank of St. Charles Parish between Cadow and Bayou Gauche roads, and the Paradis Volunteer Fire Department found trees and power lines down in the area, the St. Charles Emergency Operations Center said.
Residents were warned to be aware of flying debris that might damage mobile homes, roofs, windows and vehicles. They said that tree damage also was likely. All residents in the affected areas were asked to stay home and step out only in an emergency.
Other precautions that needs to be taken at this time includes move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoiding windows. Protect yourself from flying debris while outdoors.
St. Charles Parish President Matthew Jewell told reporters during a press conference that no injuries had been reported so far. Most of the damage is minor, but advised motorists and the public to avoid downed power lines.
At least 830 customers were affected by outages in Jefferson Parish, Entergy said.