A tornado struck Tuesday, March 22, Louisiana, in the southern United States, killing at least one person and destroying a large number of homes.

“Major tornado touches down in New Orleans! Take shelter now!” the National Weather Service tweeted from New Orleans at 8:35 p.m. (2:35 GMT).

A tornado sweeps through New Orleans, Louisiana.

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– Maurin Picard (@MaurinPicard) March 23, 2022

"Extensive damage to homes" was reported in Arabi, a suburb east of New Orleans, according to a Facebook post from the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office.

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

At least one person has been killed in Arabi, the president of the parish of Saint Bernard, which includes several towns, told local television station WDSU.

Gutted houses

Images broadcast by local channels and on the internet show gutted houses, electricity poles, power lines and debris littering the streets. 

STORM DAMAGE: Here is just some of the damage we're seeing from the tornado that hit Louisiana earlier tonight.

This is Arabi, Louisiana (outside the lower 9th ward).

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— Rebekah Castor (@RebekahCastorTV) March 23, 2022

"State departments are helping local officials assess the damage and impact of this tornado," tweeted Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards. 

This tornado was generated by a series of storms that crossed the southern United States on Tuesday.

Additional tornadoes were seen in East Texas earlier today and more are possible in the evening.

With AFP

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