The governor of Louisiana declared a state of emergency Tuesday and sent out the National Guard after at least seven tornadoes tore through New Orleans and vicinity — leaving a swath of destruction in their wake.
No deaths were reported, but at least 25 people were treated for mostly minor injuries in area hospitals, including a woman eights months pregnant whose home caved in on her and her two children, officials said. She was listed as stable, and her kids were unharmed.
Meanwhile, Gov. John Bel Edwards dispatched the Guard to help state and local police patrol the hardest-hit areas and prevent looting.
Eastern New Orleans suffered the heaviest damage, and some entrances to Interstate 10 remained closed because of the storm, officials said.
"I am heartbroken to once again see Louisiana families suffering in the wake of devastating tornadoes today," Edwards said in a statement. "We are working tirelessly to ensure that every citizen affected by this storm receives the resources they need as quickly as possible."
Two of the twisters struck in Orleans Parish, two more hit Livingston Parish, and one apiece touched down in Tangipahoa, Ascension and St. James parishes, Edwards said.
President Donald Trump in an early Wednesday tweet said his thoughts and prayers with the people of Louisiana.
Emergency crews continued to search homes and clear roads in neighborhoods where roofs were ripped from homes and battered by ping pong ball-size hail.
Many residents emerged from their hiding places to find their world literally turned upside down — flipped-over cars, smashed businesses, foundations where homes once stood.
"It's bad," eastern New Orleans resident James Thomas told The Associated Press. "I've never seen it this bad."
More than 12,000 customers were without electricity in Orleans, Ascension and Jefferson parishes, including about 10,000 in metropolitan New Orleans.