Almost 80 people spent the night in a shelter set up near the eastern part of New Orleans, according to Erin Burns, press secretary for Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
At 11:33 a.m. CT, the NWS office for New Orleans tweeted, "Dangerous tornado on the ground in New Orleans East. Take Shelter IMMEDIATELY!" An estimated 2.7 million people in parts of the three states were at the highest risk for severe weather, according to the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.
He says crews confirmed that at least an EF2 tornado hit eastern New Orleans, and are checking to see if it was more powerful.
There have been 28 reported injuries in the New Orleans region due to the storms.
Images shared on social media showed the aftermath of the storms, including damaged homes, flipped cars and fallen trees strewn across the road. At least 20 people were injured statewide and some 15,000 customers lost power in and around New Orleans.
They are urging everyone to have basic supplies at home and to coordinate with your family about what you'll do in this kind of emergency.
More than 17,000 people in Louisiana were without power, according to utility company Entergy's outage map.
The Baton Rouge area was also hit. Warnings remained in effect for large swaths of Louisiana as well as parts of Alabama and Mississippi Tuesday afternoon.
"Severe storms are firing up already in Louisiana and Mississippi", Golembo said.
Approximately 9,400 Orleans Parish residents are now without power, the mayor said. The news source further noted that a local resident, James Thomas, is the only one in his neighborhood whose house was not affected by the tornado.
WWL-TV reports much of the metro area stayed indoors as heavy rains, wind and hail raced through the area earlier in the morning.
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