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Tornado rips LA

A tornado ripped through a community west of New Orleans early Tuesday, killing one person and damaging dozens of homes.

BY HEATHER MOYER | WESTWEGO, La. | February 13, 2007

A tornado ripped through a community west of New Orleans early Tuesday, killing one person and damaging dozens of homes.

Officials say the tornado struck around 3:30 a.m. in Westwego and tore the roof off a hotel where many Hurricane Katrina families had been staying until more housing was available. At least 16 were injured.

The storm then jumped the Mississippi River and moved into part of New Orleans where it destroyed several more buildings. Television images from Westwego show several severely damaged homes and downed trees and power lines. More than 20,000 in the area were without power.

There are also reports of some overturned Federal Emergency Management Agency trailers in Westwego.

The same powerful storm system is now moving through Mississippi and Alabama bringing more severe weather along with tornado watches and warnings. The storm is part of a larger overall system that is bringing heavy snow and ice to the Midwest and East Coast.


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