A suspected EF-3 twister hit the St. Bernard parish in New Orleans.
A deadly tornado ripped through homes in the New Orleans area on Tuesday night, leaving one person dead and several others injured, authorities said.
Twister was one of more than 60 tornadoes reported in five southeastern states in two days, officials said.
A funnel cloud caused damage in St. Bernard’s parish, east of New Orleans, including the Ninth Ward of Paris, Chalmet and the Arabian area. According to the National Weather Service, it struck around 7:30 pm local time on Tuesday.
Guy McInnis, president of St. Bernard Parish, told ABC News that one person had been killed in Arabic.
“It’s pretty bad. This tornado has spread within our community for almost two miles,” McKinsey said in an interview with “Good Morning America” on Wednesday.
McNeiss said that in addition to the death of one in Arabia, seven other members of the community were hospitalized with injuries. He called it a “miracle” that more people were not killed or injured in the devastation.
“We have houses that have been built upstairs and now they’re sitting in the middle of the street,” McKinsey said. “You know, we have homes in an area that’s completely flat.”
The National Weather Service said it was conducting a damage survey in St. Benard’s Parish and a preliminary review of the wreckage indicated that the tornado that hit the area was at least an EF-3, the third most powerful twister on the advanced Fujita scale. EF-3 tornadoes typically carry winds of more than 130 miles per hour.
McKinsey said rescue workers searched the hard-hit area Wednesday night and again.
“We have no reports of any disappearances at this time, and no one was trapped at home,” McKinsey said.
Raymond Theriot, chief investigator at the St. Bernard Parish Coroner’s Office, confirmed to ABC News that Connor Lambert, 25, died after being hit by a tornado at his home in Arabia. Authorities later found him a block away from his home and the cause of death was multiple blunt force injuries, according to Thiriot.
According to the National Weather Service, a second suspected tornado landed at Lakambe in Tammani Parish across the Lake Pontertrain from New Orleans. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage to the houses.
After a visit to the Arabian and St. Bernard parish on Wednesday, Louisiana Governor John Bell Edwards described the damage as “unprecedented” and added that “we can be very grateful that only one person died.”
Early spring storms shook the Texas and Oklahoma a day earlier. A 73-year-old woman was killed and 10 others were injured in Grayson County, Texas, said Sarah Somers, director of the county’s emergency services.
A total of 63 tornadoes were reported Monday and Tuesday in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Oklahoma.
The strongest tornado hit Monday night in Jacquesboro, Texas, and according to the National Weather Service, the wind speed reached 150 miles per hour, rated as a powerful EF-3 twister. An EF-2 tornado was reported at 130 mph in Sherwood Shores, north of Dallas, on Monday, according to the weather service.
Matt Foster, Jim Ryan and Victoria Arancio of ABC News contributed to this report.