Earlier this week, the southeast was impacted by a somewhat rare but by no means unprecedented February severe weather outbreak. And the hardest hit area was, without a doubt, the greater New Orleans area.
According to the storm survey from NWS New Orleans, an EF-3 tornado touched down at 11:12am CT in an area known as East New Orleans and stayed on the ground for around for about 20 minutes and left around a 10 mile long path of destruction in it’s wake from the estimated peak wind of 15o MPH.
This tornado also went on to cause EF-2 damage at the NASA Michoud Assembly Center.
(Obviously this goes without saying, we do not condone or recommend going outside and taking pictures of or filming tornadoes. Seriously, you should stay inside and seek shelter).
However, this was not the only tornado to impact the deep south on Tuesday, another EF-3 tornado hit the Watson, Louisiana area with maximum winds estimated to have hit 140 MPH.
Seeing damage like that, it amazes me that no one was killed in any of the tornadoes that raked across the deep south on Tuesday. This is also an excellent reminder to those in mobile homes to have a plan in place if severe weather, especially tornadoes, are in the forecast. Mobile homes can be death traps in a tornado, therefore it’s best to know where you’re going to go in case a tornado warning is issued, whether that be a shelter or a friend or relative’s well built home.
And tornado preparedness isn’t just for those in mobile homes, even people living in well-built homes and people in business need a tornado plan of action. Kentucky Severe Weather Awareness Week is coming up in early March and the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management has great tips to keep you safe in any natural disaster.