National Weather Service confirms Kenner tornado

National Weather Service confirms Kenner tornado

KENNER, LA (WVUE) - Severe weather rolled through the New Orleans area Tuesday morning, leaving behind a path of destruction.

The National Weather Service confirms that a tornado touched down in the Rivertown area of Kenner early Tuesday morning. An EF-1 tornado touched down around 1:30 a.m. with winds reaching 110 mph, according to NWS. It was approximately 75-100 yards wide. A path length for the tornado is undetermined at this time.

At least four businesses in Kenner suffered heavy storm damage, according to city officials. The roof of Southeast Telecom, located in the 2000 block of 3rd Street, collapsed as the storm pushed through. Walls of the business are caving in.

Wind damage is visible throughout the area. Downed wires and tree limbs line the streets nearby. Kenner firefighters say it sounded like a freight train as strong winds pushed through.

High winds also caused several barges to break loose and enter the Parish Line Canal. They are now resting near Lake Pontchartrain and the Coast Guard is headed to that area, according to the East Jefferson Levee District.

"We are very fortunate that it appears there are no injuries," said Kenner Mayor Michael Yenni.

The National Weather Service has a survey crew in Kenner currently accessing the damage.

Tuesday's tornado was the second in the past month in the city. A tornado on April 27 – also an EF-1 – caused damage in central and western sections of the city. Two tornadoes also were reported in a spring storm in April 2013 and a tornado touched down in north Kenner in March 2011.

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