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Severe weather, tornado, and thunderstorms strike St. Charles parish

Severe weather and a tornado apparently touched down in St. Charles and parts of Kenner Saturday.

NEW ORLEANS — Part of Highway 90 in St. Charles Parish is closed and there are almost 4,500 buildings without power in St. Charles and Jefferson Parishes, primarily in the Kenner area after severe weather passed through Saturday afternoon.

There was a report of a tornado that touched down in St. Charles Parish that could have moved toward the Kenner area.

Winds gusted up to 60 miles per hour during the severe weather, which then headed toward the northshore of Lake Pontchartrain as of 10 p.m.

St. Charles Parish President Matthew Jewell told reporters during a press conference about a multitude of power outages across the parish, and that it may be several hours until power is restored in those areas.

A spokesperson for St. Charles Parish told WWL-TV that Entergy plans to get power back up for affected areas by midnight. As of 8:30 p.m, roughly 289 customers are affected.

Jewell also said there are no reported injuries at the moment. The Parish also said that most of the damage is minor, but advised motorists and the public to avoid downed power lines.

Jefferson Parish is dealing with around 201 customers affected by outages as of 201 p.m., according to Entergy.

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