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Three people have died in the tornadoes that tore through Louisiana, according to the state Department of Health.
The latest death was reported in St. Charles Parish on Wednesday night. A 56-year-old woman died after a tornado “destroyed her home in the Killona area,” the state Department of Health tweeted, noting that the fatality brings the total number of confirmed storm-related deaths to three. .
The woman was found outside her home and authorities have not yet confirmed her cause of death, St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne said.
Several other people are seeking treatment at St. Charles Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries from the storm, Champagne said.
Authorities believe a tornado touched down at 2:21 p.m. near the Nelson Coleman Correctional Center in Killona, said St. Charles Parish President Matthew Jewell. The tornado then moved north toward Montz, and preliminary damage surveys suggest the worst damage is in Killona, Jewell said.
“This community was hit hard during Ida,” Champagne said. “They didn’t need this again.”
At least 15 to 20 families in Killona have had their homes damaged by the storm, Jewell said.
The sheriff called Wednesday’s storm “horrific and violent” as authorities continue their search and rescue efforts. “They can’t seem to catch a break,” he said.
Mother and Son Murdered
The deadly tornado in St. Charles Parish comes after a woman and her 8-year-old son were killed when a tornado ripped through their town Tuesday, authorities said.
The body of Yoshiko Smith, 30, was found under rubble down the street from her destroyed Keithville home, according to the sheriff’s office and the coroner’s office in Caddo Parish.
The body of her son, Nikolus Little, was found in a wooded area near her home, authorities said.
Both died from blunt force trauma, according to the Louisiana Department of Health.
These deadly tornadoes were among at least 42 tornadoes reported in the South since Tuesday afternoon. More tornadoes are expected Wednesday night and Thursday as the storm moves east.
Four people in New Orleans were injured after a potential tornado touched down near the West Bank of the Mississippi River, Collin Arnold.
The four injured were transported to area hospitals, Arnold said, adding that none were children and all are in stable condition.
Damage assessments are continuing, Arnold said, but there are currently several downed power lines in Algiers caused by the storm’s high winds, making it difficult for crews to safely restore power and survey all potential damage.
Officials at St. Bernard Parish, east of the French Quarter, confirmed that a tornado touched down in Arabi and caused significant damage. Police and firefighters were assessing the damage.