- One person was killed in Louisiana.
- Houses were destroyed and cars overturned.
- The same system is blamed for at least one death in Texas.
Authorities are assessing damage and residents are beginning cleanup in parts of the south on Wednesday after homes were torn apart, cars overturned and at least two people died in an outbreak of severe weather that included multiple tornadoes.
The New Orleans metropolitan area and several Mississippi communities were among the most damaged areas.
One person was killed in St. Bernard Parish, which borders New Orleans. The same line of storms was blamed for a death Monday in Texas, where multiple tornadoes were reported.
(CONTINUED: At least one dead after tornado swept through metro New Orleans)
Here are the latest updates as the weather continues to head east. For Tuesday’s Live Updates page, click here.
Tornado path, overlapping destruction from Hurricane Ida
Some of the hardest-hit regions are still recovering from Hurricane Ida, which landed as a Category 4 storm and swept through southeast Louisiana seven months ago. The storm was responsible for 26 deaths and left some neighborhoods without power for weeks.
Residents of St. Bernard Parish and Arabi are among those still rebuilding.
Stacey Mancuso’s family home lost its roof to Ida and suffered extensive water damage. They just finished the repairs.
Tuesday’s tornado tore away part of their new roof as Mancuso, her husband and two children huddled in their laundry room.
“We are alive. That’s what I can say at this point,” Mancuso told The Associated Press. “We still have four walls and part of a roof. I consider myself lucky.”
It’s the third time they’ve suffered major weather damage to their home since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Damage reported in 12 Mississippi counties
The houses were damaged across a dozen Mississippi counties as storms moved in Tuesday, according to the state’s emergency management agency. At least two people were injured – one in Holmes County, north of Jackson, and one south in Copiah County.
The update says severe weather, tornadoes, hail, damaging winds and flash flooding affected all parts of the state, with multiple reports of trees falling on roads and power lines.
Dozens of tornado reports from Texas to Alabama
There have been more than five dozen reports of tornadoes from Texas and Oklahoma to Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama, according to preliminary counts from NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center.
The number of reports does not indicate the actual number of tornadoes, as some may be reported more than once.
The official tally will not be finalized until the National Weather Service completes storm records. Some of these investigations are already underway and other teams are rolling out today.
Power outages persist in several regions
Some 14,000 homes and businesses are without power in Louisiana and Mississippi around 10:15 a.m. CDT, according to PowerOutage.us.
Most Louisiana blackouts occur in Orleans and St. Bernard Parishes. In Mississippi, most of them are in the central part of the state. More than 19,000 outages are reported in Texas.
Where severe weather is expected next
Severe scattered storms today will target an area from southeast to south of the Great Lakes, where they could potentially contain damaging wind gusts and an isolated tornado threat, according to weather.com meteorologists.
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