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Thousands remain without power Tuesday after Monday morning storm

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Lanes remain blocked on Loyola at W. Esplanade in Kenner. Power poles snapped in half. Lanes remain blocked on Loyola at W. Esplanade in Kenner. Power poles snapped in half.
KENNER, LA (WVUE) -

Thousands remain without power Tuesday after a massive storm ripped through the New Orleans metro area on Monday morning.

Entergy says 5,000 customers in New Orleans and 9,000 customers in Jefferson Parish remain without power Tuesday morning. Over 100,000 lost power during the storms.

Kenner was one of the hardest hit areas with 21 downed power poles. The National Weather Service confirms that a small tornado (EF-1) touched down in Kenner on Monday morning. The tornado snapped numerous trees and power lines in the area. Minor property damage was also reported.

Winds peaked at 90 mph as it touched down near West Esplanade and Loyola Avenue. The tornado's path was 0.5 miles long and 50 yards wide.

Entergy says more than 800 linemen are working shifts around the clock. Out-of-state workers have also been called to assist.

“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.

Even with crews out in full force, Entergy still says it could be 24 to 48 hours until power is restored in all homes and businesses.

To view outages in your area, visit Entergy's outage map here: http://bit.ly/1h4E0sx

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