Damaging tornado hits New Orleans

During a two-day outbreak of deadly storms across the South, a tornado roared across New Orleans on Wednesday afternoon — for the second time this year.

Four injuries were also reported in Orleans Parish, and additional major damage was reported in Gretna in Jefferson Parish.

The tornado carved a northeasterly path of destruction up to two miles long through St. Bernard’s Parish, Sheriff James Pohlmann said at a news conference Wednesday evening, but there were only minor injuries.

Arabi, which borders parts of New Orleans’s Lower Ninth Ward and was devastated by a tornado in March, suffered major damage.

As Wednesday’s tornado swept across the region, debris could be seen falling from the sky on New Orleans’s lower Canal Street, ABC News meteorologist Rob Marciano tweeted.

Eight others were injured and at least a dozen structures were damaged in St. Charles Parish, including the sheriff’s office firing range, parish officials told reporters at a news conference.