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2/13/2007

Tornado rips though New Orleans area

Breaking Storm News: Louisiana, USA
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Feb 13, 2007
NEW ORLEANS - A powerful storm and likely a tornado hit the New Orleans area early Tuesday, damaging dozens of homes and business, ripping the roof off a hotel, and injuring at least three people.
The storm hit hardest around 3:30 a.m. in Westwego, just across the river from New Orleans.
It tore the roof off a hotel and tossed around FEMA trailers that had replaced homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Westwego Mayor Robert Billiot said dozens of homes and businesses were damaged. Several homes collapsed in other areas, officials said, and at least three people were taken to hospitals.
In New Orleans, the storm knocked down power lines and tree limbs and damaged roofs. About 20,000 people were without power in New Orleans, Westwego, and Metairie, a spokesman for Entergy Corp. said.
"There is just so much destruction," Billiot said.
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