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Whirlwind: Stories from those who survived the Arabi tornado

A large tornado ripped through Arabi, leveled homes, overturned cars and left fields of debris.

WWL Staff

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Published: 5:07 AM CDT March 23, 2022
Updated: 4:58 AM CDT March 25, 2022

A powerful tornado tore through parts of New Orleans and its suburbs Tuesday night, taking mere seconds to rip off rooftops, flipping cars and tossing a home with a family inside onto the middle of a street. Authorities say one man was killed and several others were injured.

Parts of St. Bernard Parish, which borders New Orleans to the southeast, took the brunt of the weather's fury, and that is where 25-year-old Connor Lambert was killed.

Several buildings were either damaged or destroyed by the twister. On Wednesday, tornado survey teams from the National Weather Service initially concluded that the damage was consistent with "at least" an EF-3 tornado with winds of 136 to 165 miles per hour.