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Posted: Wednesday, 28 May 2014 7:39AM

Possible tornado damage and flooding in St. John and St. James



The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning this morning around 5:30 for St. John Parish. 

People in that area report what they say sure looks like damage from a twister.

"We do have significant damage," one witness told WWL First News.

Drivers headed to work at the time got quite a scare on Airline Highway in Garyville.

"People were driving in and power lines were falling in front of them, and debris flew and hit the vehicles," one man described.  "We've got damaged vehicles."

A witness says the winds were strong enough to move pretty heavy objects.

"Dumpsters and golf carts and things like that were thrown."

Others describe pieces of metal and insulation scattered in the area.

Entergy reported more than 1,500 customers lost power in and around Garyville.

"Due to the thunderstorms along with the high winds that have and continue to move through the area we are experiencing numerous outages," the company said on its website.

Click here to view current outage information...

In St. James Parish, President Timmy Roussel reported widespread street flooding.

"That water is very near to getting into homes and local businesses on the main streets of Lutcher and Grammercy," he told WWL First News. 

The Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for St. John and St. James Parish.

Roussel urged people to stay off the streets.

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