EF-1 tornado leaves path of damage

EF-1 tornado leaves path of damage

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Thousands across Louisiana are still without power after Monday's severe weather. At least one tornado touched down in Kenner leaving a path of damage.

Utility crews were working Tuesday to fix downed lines and nearly two dozen power poles that were damaged when an EF-1 tornado ripped through Jefferson Parish.

Power poles were also snapped in half in Bayou Gauche sending power lines across the street and leaving hundreds of neighbors without power.

"I don't know if it was an actual tornado that touched down but the winds got really strong I would say at least 60 to 70 mph easily," Shane Champagne said.

The storm in Kenner ripped part of Linda Cleary's roof off. "A little while later when the rain was still coming the living room collapsed," Cleary said.

Her car window was also shattered. And, the tornado tore her neighbor's back porch right off her home.

"You could hear rah-tah-tat-tat I guess as everything was ripping off the house," Cleary said.

Neighbors are just thankful no one was hurt.

A number of residents in Kenner were still without power as of Tuesday afternoon. The Bayou Gauche volunteer fire chief tells us because of the damage there it could be Thursday before the lights are back on.

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