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Metairie, Kenner mop up after pair of tornadoes

Kenner, La. -

Some people in Metairie and Kenner have a long way to go before they're back to business as usual.

The impact of the tornado that hit Metairie can be seen on video taken around one of the area's busiest grocery stores.  If there was any question about the power of Wednesday's tornadoes, this should settle it.

"I heard the front doors slam open, and you saw a big gust of wind shoot through," said grocer Joe Zuppardo.

The storm roared in from west to east down Veterans Highway, forcing the entry doors open at Zuppardo's Economical Super Market and creating a wind tunnel inside. The wind knocked down a customer and a cashier inside the store, but Thursday all were are okay.

Blue tarps are once again covering roofs on West Loyola Drive in Kenner.  22 homes and businesses were damaged by the tornado that struck Kenner, and residents are wondering how much of the damage will be covered by insurance.

"They have an adjustor coming out tomorrow around eight," said Clay Ledet of Kenner.

The storm picked its spots randomly, knocking down an otherwise healthy oak tree on Green Acres Road.

"I saw the branch to the back of the window. I hauled butt to the back of the house," said Roland Bolian of Metairie.

The Red Cross said no one needed hotel vouchers, as family helped family and neighbors assisted neighbor.

Though the wind was intense through here, Joe Zuppardo says damage was minimal.

"We lost a letter. Our sign now says 'ECONOMICA'... It knocked the 'L' out of us!" said Zuppardo.

Power was lost momentarily at the store, but it remains out in some sections of Kenner. Entergy crews have replaced a row of downed utility poles on Acron Street.

"We're going to get a motor home and just stay here, as long as we get power tonight," said Ledet.

He says as long as his family's okay, replacing sheetrock and a section of roof is no problem, especially when you consider how bad, this could have been.

As of 5:00 p.m. Thursday, Entergy's website reported less than 200 Jefferson Parish customers are still without power.

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