New Orleans Provides Update Following Severe Weather and Tornadoes
Updated February 9, 2017 at 2:08 PM
NEW ORLEANS—Today, at 10:45a.m., the National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down in New Orleans East. Emergency crews are currently responding to several reports of damage in the affected area. As a result, Interstate 10 exits at both Chef Menteur Highway and Downman Road are CLOSED at this time.
No information is available at this time regarding possible injuries, fatalities or damage assessments in relation to this weather event. Public safety is our top priority, and residents are advised to be aware of and cautious around downed power lines, gas leaks and other debris. Please avoid all impacted areas.
The City will open a temporary shelter at Joe W. Brown Recreation Center (5601 Read Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70127) at 3 p.m. for impacted residents. The New Orleans Health Department, with support from the Red Cross, Catholic Charities and NOFD, will assist affected individuals. The Regional Transit Authority (RTA) will provide bus transportation to the shelter for affected individuals at the intersections of Dwyer Road and Wilson Avenue; Dwyer Road and Crowder Boulevard; and Dwyer Road and Wright Road.
Currently, the New Orleans Fire Department is conducting a primary search of damaged homes from Chef Menteur Highway to Dwyer Street and Wilson Avenue to Bullard Avenue, as well as one block south of Chef Menteur Highway.
Entergy has reported approximately 9,200 homes without power, primarily in New Orleans East. They will restore power as quickly as possible.
The City’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is monitoring weather conditions and will keep residents updated through e-mail alerts and the @NOLAReady [external link] Twitter account.
Residents are encouraged to sign up for email and text message alerts by going to http://www.nola.gov/ready/. This service allows city officials to contact citizens during emergencies, which includes life-threatening weather events, evacuation or shelter in place information, and other pertinent emergency information. In addition to the website, the City operates a twitter handle: @nolaready.