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3 Dead In Louisiana As Severe Storm, Tornadoes Swept The State

Louisiana Severe Storm and Tornado
Louisiana Severe Storm and Tornado

Three people were killed after a severe storm that spawned tornadoes swept through Louisiana. More than a dozen were also left injured and thousands without electricity over the past few days, says Mueller.

Louisiana Severe Storm and Tornado [Photo: NBC News]

Louisiana Severe Storm and Tornado [Photo: NBC News]

On December 14, the most recent fatality was reported in St. Charles Parish, just outside New Orleans. The Louisiana Department of Health posted on Twitter that a 56-year-old woman died after a tornado had hit and destroyed her house in the Killona area. The cause of her death was not yet confirmed, says St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne. This death brings the total number of confirmed deaths related to the storm to three. In Northern Louisiana, a mother and her son were also found dead in the rural Keithville area. The dead body of Yoshiko Smith, 30, was found one street away from their ruined house. Her son, Nikolus Little, was found in a wooded area nearby. The cause of their deaths was blunt force trauma, as reported by Shalvey.

More Destruction Brought By The Storm

In addition to the deaths, according to Collin Arnold, director of New Orleans Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness, four people in New Orleans were also injured after a tornado landed near the West Bank of the Mississippi River. All four people who were injured were reportedly transported to hospitals in the area. None were children of the four and all are in stable condition.

According to authorities, a tornado landed at 2:21 p.m. near Nelson Coleman Correctional  Facility in Killona. The tornado then moved north towards Montz. Preliminary surveys indicate that Killona suffered the worst damage among all areas affected by the storm, St. Charles Parish President Matthew Jewell said. At least 42 tornadoes were reported to have touched down since the afternoon of December 13. More tornadoes were expected on the 14th and 15th as the severe storm moved east, as reported by 6ABC.

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