Source: National Weather Service New Orleans.
The strongest recorded tornado in New Orleans history touched down Feb. 7 in New Orleans East, demolishing homes and businesses. It carried winds of 140 miles per hour and a 2-mile path, according to Ken Graham of the National Weather Service. "We looked at the records and this was the first time" an EF-3 tornado hit New Orleans, Graham said at a press conference the next day. (An EF-3 tornado, ranked on the "Enhanced Fujita" scale, is a tornado capable of destroying houses and turning heavy objects such as cars into projectiles.) No fatalities were reported, though several people were injured and 300 structures were severely damaged, 643 were damaged and 5,143 were "impacted," according to Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration. While the city asked that the affected area be left to residents and first responders in the immediate aftermath, Landrieu suggested that days of cleanup and service would be issued in the days to come so south Louisianans could help their neighbors. For ways you can help right now, see I-10.