February 7th New Orleans East EF-3 Tornado
Dave Nussbaum, WWL-TV, New Orleans, LA
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Abstract
On February 7th, a small outbreak of tornadoes occurred across Southeast Louisiana.In less than 24 hours, the forecast quickly changed from not having any severe weather to the likelihood of large hail and tornadoes.Six tornadoes were confirmed that day, two were wedge-sized, and that is not common for Southeast Louisiana.One of the six tornadoes was an EF-3 that moved through New Orleans East. This became the strongest tornado ever to impact Orleans Parish and the City of New Orleans.Miraculously, no one died, but a significant amount of damage occurred from this wedge tornado in a relatively poor area.This same area was severely impacted and flooded by Hurricane Katrina back in 2005. My focus will be on the quickly changing forecast and the fact that no one died.I will take a look back at the climatology of tornadoes across the New Orleans Area along with socioeconomic breakdown of the area hit.Additionally, I will show my stationís (WWL-TV) coverage of the event, and my thoughts on why there were not any deaths.