Severe Weather In Louisiana Spawns 23 Tornadoes, Damages Oil And Gas Factory

Severe Weather In Louisiana Spawns 23 Tornadoes, Damages Oil And Gas Factory
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Major parts of southeastern Louisiana including New Orleans and Baton Rouge have been placed under a tornado watch until 3 a.m. Wednesday.


The severe weather in Louisiana could bring in flash floods as a cold front progressing westward across south Louisiana made its way Tuesday night. In a weather outlook message, forecasters said, “Showers and thunderstorms will become numerous overnight.

Meanwhile, as many as 23 unconfirmed tornadoes struck parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. Tornadoes similar in nature are more likely to occur in early spring. While there is tornadic activity in autumn, they strike Southeast and Midwest.

Severe weather conditions across the central and southern Plains caused damage in at least two states. This included destruction of an oil and gas facility, which worries officials about the radioactive material stored as a result of one of the tornadoes.

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Two sheriff’s deputies fell ill as a result of the chemical and gas leak, which occurred south of Pampa. The incident was confirmed by KAMR on Twitter. As reported by the Weather Channel, Gray County Chief Deputy, Steven White, said, “The Halliburton plant was a near-total loss, and I know we’ve completely lost two residences in the county.”

Non-tornado winds spawned from storms in Texas and Oklahoma. While no injuries have been reported, 47,000 customers experienced power outage Tuesday morning.

Thunderstorms occurred late Monday afternoon which intensified around sunset, as reported by the Washington Post. A tornado had formed and was moving through the Texas Panhandle near the city of Pampa at around 7 p.m. After conducting damage surveys, one of the tornadoes near Pampa was measured as category 3.

Areas that lie east and west of the Mississippi River were issued coast flood advisories for higher than normal tides. By Wednesday afternoon, the rainfall is expected to move out, but the Mississippi coast could receive showers.