Tornado watches issued in Louisiana and Mississippi

Tornado watches issued in Louisiana and Mississippi

Emergency responders said that there were a few injuries, but most were reported to be minor.

A twister was reported Tuesday morning in the town of Killian, La., forecasters said, and another about 35 miles away in Madisonville. The immediate extent of damage and injuries is not yet known, though video and photos on social media show several overturned vehicles and severely damage buildings.

"About 200 cars were damaged, so local law enforcement are helping people to get home", McMahan said.

John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency as at least three tornadoes hit southern parts of the state Tuesday.

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One of the warnings described a "large, extremely risky and potentially deadly" twister south of Hammond, Louisiana.

The storm system destroyed numerous buildings and homes in New Orleans and in suburban areas of Baton Rouge, according to the National Weather Service website.

A tornado watch is in effect for multiple Louisiana parishes until 2 p.m.

The watch also covers Hancock and Pear River counties in Mississippi. In Alabama, the city of Mobile was in the storm's path.

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New Orleans East resident James Thomas said his whole neighborhood is encased in storm damage, but his house escaped a tornado with a near miss.

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She pointed out the bathtub beneath the debris.

She says their cars all were totaled, and her niece is anxious because her computer was damaged with her homework stuck inside.

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