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Tornado confirmed in Kenner; Entergy works to restore power

Entergy crews will work until midnight and begin again in the morning. (FOX8 photo) Entergy crews will work until midnight and begin again in the morning. (FOX8 photo)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

The National Weather Service confirms there was a tornado Monday morning in Kenner. It was part of a wild weather system that brought rain and high winds to most of the viewing area.

In the wake of the storms, Entergy said that it could be 48 to 72 hours before power to some customers is restored.

On Tchoupitoulas between Joseph and Octavia, the power was out Monday, as it was across most of Uptown.

Entergy crew members said a power line went down and a transformer blew at about noon. 

The Rouses on Tchoupitoulas was running on generator power.

Entergy crews will work until midnight and begin again in the morning. An Entergy spokesman said about 400 workers from other states are being brought in to help.

Power to Armstrong Airport was restored as of 5:30, but passengers were urged to check their flight's status as there were several delays and cancellations.

Click here to access Entergy's outage map.

Entergy released the following statement Monday night:

Entergy crews are out in force working quickly to restore power following the violent chain of storms that struck Louisiana Monday, causing severe damage to Entergy's grid and knocking out power to approximately 176,000 customers across the state.

Crews were continuing to assess the widespread damage and restore power to critical infrastructure Monday. As of 7 p.m. Monday, power had been restored to approximately 52,000 customers.

Crews are repairing damage left by a strong line of storms that packed strong wind gusts, tornadoes, large hail and frequent lightning strikes. There were reports of tornadoes in the Belle Chasse and Labadieville areas. A wind gust of 70 miles per hour was recorded at New Orleans' Louis Armstrong International Airport.

The high winds downed numerous trees and power lines across a broad geographical area, with the Baton Rouge and New Orleans metro areas among the hardest hit regions. The Lafayette and southwest Louisiana areas also sustained a significant amount of damage. Additional resources are arriving Monday night through Tuesday to assist in the storm recovery work.

With more severe weather expected Monday night, Entergy estimates that it may be up to 24 hours or longer before power is restored for some customers in Tangipahoa, St. James and St. John parishes.

Customers in the hardest hit areas of Orleans, Jefferson, St. Charles, St. John, St. Bernard, Assumption, Lafourche, Plaquemines, Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana parishes should prepare for outages of up to 48 hours, with some lasting up to 72 hours.

Affected customers in the Lafayette area should prepare for outages lasting up to 24 hours, while affected customers in the Jennings area should have power restored by noon Tuesday. In the Lake Charles and Sulphur areas, all customers who can accept power should have it restored by 10 p.m. Monday.

“This fast-moving storm caused a tremendous amount of damage to our system across a large part of our service area, but we have all available personnel working safely to restore power as quickly as possible,” said Dennis Dawsey, vice president of customer service.

Where to get info

Customers are encouraged to download Entergy's mobile app at http://entergyapp.com/ to access outage maps and information. In addition, storm-preparedness tips and online services are available to customers through “Entergy Storm Center,” “myAccount” and “View Outages.” Through myAccount, customers can sign up to send and receive text information about power outages at their homes and businesses through their cellphones. Registration is easy.

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