St. Bernard Parish chairman Guy McInnis told DailyExpertNews that one person had died in the Arabi neighborhood.
McInnis had no details about the fatality and said parish officials have several reports of residents going to hospital, but no specific figures on injuries.
Some houses have been “picked up from their foundations and are on the street,” he said.
Emergency services conduct search and rescue operations. That includes units from the State Fire Marshal’s Office, the agency said.
“Arabi/W. Chalmette is without power. I just drove over a power line. Some kind of wind source has pulled Aycock Street from Judge Perez all the way down to Saint Claude… If I had left five minutes earlier I would have been in the middle of it “Trees all around Judge Perez. I’m still trying to see if I can get through to work. I had to go around already.”
There are no reports of injuries or major damage after a possible tornado in Jefferson Parish, according to a tweet from the parish government.
“Our Jefferson Parish Department of Fire Services is reporting no major structural damage or injuries from the tornado at this time,” the tweet said.
“My prayers are with you tonight in Southeast Louisiana. Please be safe,” he said.
This is a story in development and will be updated.
Jamiel Lynch, Dave Alsup and Amanda Jackson of DailyExpertNews contributed to this report.