As we reported earlier this week, a storm system that included as many as six tornadoes churned through southeastern Louisiana on Tuesday, injuring about 40 people. New Orleans East was hit particularly hard by the storms, and now, incredible new footage has emerged from the scene where one man got dangerously close to the ferocious twister.
David Collet was at work at the Starlight Studios warehouse when the tornado roared through. He captured incredible new footage of the tornado smashing into the building next door, tearing the roof off.
Collet is heard shouting “watch your back” as debris flies him and several coworkers, who watched in awe. More than 16,000 homes in the area were left without power.
Not far away from Collet, the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility was also seriously damaged, though no injuries have been reported.
“The teams at the Michoud Assembly Facility are working diligently to recover from the severe weather that swept through New Orleans Tuesday and damaged the facility,” said acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot. “We are thankful for the safety of all the NASA employees and workers of onsite tenant organizations.”
Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of disaster in order to provide relief to those affected. The storms also swept through Baton Rouge, damaging structures and causing minor injuries. Several homes were destroyed in Killian, a town just east of Baton Rouge. There, an elderly couple were injured, with one suffering a broken arm and the other one a broken leg.
By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer
Images: David Collet