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NWS: EF-0 tornado with 85 mph winds touched down in New Orleans

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Posted at 8:39 AM, May 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-12 22:17:54-04

The City of New Orleans responded on Wednesday morning to damage caused by an overnight tornado.

Officials say they received reports of downed trees, power lines, debris and damage to homes primarily in the Carrollton, Broadmoor, and Algiers Point areas.

The National Weather Service confirmed Wednesday afternoon at an EF-0 tornado tracked across New Orleans early Wednesday, with peak winds of 85 mph.

No injuries were reported in connection with the storm.

The New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (NOHSEP) has begun coordinating response efforts and officials say that public safety agencies are assessing damages in neighborhoods across the city.

In Orleans Parish, approximately 4,000 people remained without power as of 9 a.m. That number is down from over 10,000 who were without power immediately after the storm.

Entergy New Orleans is working to restore power as soon as possible. Residents are encouraged to call 1-800-ENTERGY to report outages or downed power lines or poles.

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