Just before 9 p.m. on Tuesday night, a tornado ripped through the New Orleans metro area, killing one person and leaving thousands without power.
The tornado was part of a storm system that stretched from Texas to Mississippi. The storm is expected to affect more than 65 million people from Florida to Michigan on Wednesday.
1. Cameras captured the storm sweeping over New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward.
2. Most of the tornado's damage was centered in the Arabi neighborhood in St. Bernard Parish, located just outside of New Orleans.
3. Videos posted to social media show tornado clouds forming as the storm reaches Arabi...
4....where the powerful tornado swept through residential neighborhoods.
5.A group in nearby Chalmette watched the storm in shock...
6....while other video shot in Chalmette shows the storm swirling through an eerie purple sky.
More video of New Orleans area tornado. This was taken from Chalmette as tornado moved through Arabi. Now have one confirmed death in Ararbi. 📸: Brenda Light
7.A video taken from a boat in the nearby Mississippi River revealed the size of the massive tornado.
🌪️ Video of tornado that moved through New Orleans earlier as seen from a vessel on the Mississippi River. @WGNOtv
8.More footage shot from the Mississippi River shows a cruise ship passing through a sky illuminated by the storm.
🌪️ WOW. Incredible view of the tornado near New Orleans earlier as seen from the Mississippi River while a cruise ship passed by.Video from a @WGNOtv viewer via @PeytonLocicero.
9.Firefighters and EMS were deployed to rescue residents after the storm passed, and 300 members of the National Guard are expected to arrive in St. Bernard Parish on Wednesday to assist.
10.Video posted on Tuesday night shows fallen trees and power lines decimated by debris.
Heartbreaking images of #Tornado damage in Arabi, Louisiana @BRProudNews #lawx #NewOrleans
11."We have homes that were lifted up and put back down on the street," St. Bernard Parish president Guy McInnis told CNN.
12.The true extent of the damage became more apparent in Wednesday morning's daylight.
13.Drone video shows homes leveled by the powerful tornado.
New drone video shows just how extensive the damage is in Arabi, Louisiana, after a violent tornado ripped through the New Orleans metro area last night: https://t.co/Xy8XNRiIGL
14.Some of the homes in St. Bernard Parish were still undergoing repairs following damage caused by Hurricane Ida, which swept through Louisiana in August 2021.
Note the blue tarp covering roof damage from Hurricane Ida in August. https://t.co/IzPBJqlWhA