Severe weather touched down on Tuesday, Feb. 7, bringing in several tornadoes across the state of Louisiana. Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency.
The Times-Picayune reported that at least seven possible tornadoes touched down, tearing roofs off of homes and downing power lines from Baton Rouge to New Orleans. State officials still do not yet have an estimate on the damage, but local energy plants have reported that more than 10,600 customers were without power due to these powerful storms.
“That is amazing,” Edwards said during a news conference Tuesday after the storms cleared. “I will tell you that the way [we] warn citizens now … is obviously working.”
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu also spoke at Tuesday’s news conference and likened the destructive storms to a to “an elephant stomping on your house” as reported by AtlantaBlackStar.
See video footage collected from the storm below.
— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) February 8, 2017
Tornado in New Orleans really hit my house 😔😔😔 pic.twitter.com/0zdEnrxaKv
— C.Bolden III (@CB3_5) February 8, 2017
— Chop Shop (@ChopShop702) February 7, 2017
— Matthew Hinton (@MattHintonPhoto) February 7, 2017
— Donaldsonville (@CityofDville) February 7, 2017
Many around the country took to social media to show their support for those affected by the storms. There is still not word regarding the cost the state will need to repair the widespread damage cause by the tornadoes.