Severe Storm Strikes New Orleans Int. Airport, Gov. Declares State of Emergency
On Monday, the New Orleans International Airport suffered power outage due to a series of storms moving through Louisiana.
The storms caused freight train cars to be thrown off an elevated bridge, leaving around 238,000 people without electricity.
Power outages and flood damage forced Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal to declare a state of emergency in the region. The decision was partly to make the damage caused eligible for receiving aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and so that emergency requests made from local government officials can be responded by state agencies.
No person has been reportedly injured in the incident.
A news release from the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness said, “Thousands of people were left without power as a result of the storms. Power lines and trees are down in multiple locations. Flash flooding and storm-related debris blocked many roadways.”
Near Kenner, a roof blew off a home, as reported by the National Weather Service.
A video footage of the storm west of New Orleans indicated a potential tornado occurrence.
Several trees fell and power lines broke in New Orleans as a result of severe weather, forcing University of New Orleans to cancel its classes.
The main terminal at the airport suffered power outage for almost an entire day. An airport spokeswoman said it was only by evening that electricity was completely restored.
With 238,000 people without electricity, Entergy Corp., the biggest power company in the state, has been working to restore electricity. It said its crew were working overnight shifts.
National Weather Service meteorologist Frank Revitte said that the winds, with speeds of up to 70 miles per hour (113 kph), traveled to the east across the southern third of Louisiana before finally moving into the Gulf of Mexico.
New Orleans, Baton Rouge, the north shore and other parts of southeastern Louisiana are still under the threat of severe thunderstorms and heavy rainfall expected to occur on Monday night and Tuesday.
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