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Posted: Wednesday, 24 April 2013 5:20PM

Storms bring flooding, tornado, power outages



Officials at the National Weather Service today confirmed a tornado touched down and caused the damage in Kenner during the midday storms that rumbled through the area.

The tornado raked along West Loyola Drive for about a half-mile, damaging several homes in the 3800 to 4400 blocks of the street.  So far, there are no reports of injuries from the storms.

Click here to see our photo gallery of damage and flooding from the storms...

The line of storms caused widespread power outages across the Southshore, primarily in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes.  At one point, more than 36,000 customers were without power.

Winds in excess of 50 miles per hour were also reported across the area, with downed trees across Metairie, Uptown, the Westbank, and many other areas.

Weather Service meteorologists say the twister was categorized as EF-1.  The EF Scale (Enhanced Fujita Scale) is the measure for categorizing the strength of a tornado on a scale from 0 to 5.  EF-1 tornadoes have estimated winds of 86 to 110 miles per hour.

 

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