A devastating hurricane hits Louisiana in the southern United States

  • People are fleeing the hurricane.

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  • Severe damage to homes.

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  • A father and his son escape from the disaster.

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  • An American consoles his girlfriend after his home in Texas was destroyed.

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A tornado hit the state of Louisiana in the southern United States on Tuesday evening, killing at least one person and destroying a large number of homes, according to American media.

The National Weather Service wrote at 20:35 (02:35 GMT): "A strong tornado makes landfall in New Orleans!

Take cover now!”

The St. Bernard County Sheriff's Office announced in a Facebook post that "severe damage to homes" was reported in the eastern New Orleans suburb of Arabe.

"Rescue operations are underway to help the stranded residents in their homes," he added.

The county chief said at least one person was killed.

Scenes published by local stations and spread on the Internet show destroyed homes, uprooted electric poles and rubble in the streets.

"State agencies are helping local officials assess the damage and consequences of this hurricane," Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards wrote in a tweet.

The hurricane was caused by a series of storms that hit the southern United States on Tuesday.

Tornadoes were recorded in eastern Texas earlier Tuesday, and more tornadoes are expected.

"A storm or hurricane could occur in the coming hours," the National Weather Service wrote on Twitter.

Destroyed homes, uprooted electric poles and debris in the streets.

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