Tornado spotted near Hahnville, forecasters say | Weather

Residents in St. Charles, Jefferson, Washington and St. Tammany parishes were encouraged to take shelter Saturday afternoon after weather forecasters confirmed a tornado over Paradis.

Damage was seen on the west bank of St. Charles Parish between Cadow and Bayou Gauche roads, and the Paradis Volunteer Fire Department found trees and power lines down in the area, the St. Charles Emergency Operations Center said. Westbound U.S. 90 was partially closed due to damage to power lines.

The National Weather Service issued the first tornado warning until 2:45 p.m., for a twister moving northeasterly toward Hahnville at 30 mph. Interstate 10 between mile markers 214 and 223, and Interstate 310 between mile markers 1 and 11 were also at risk, the National Weather Service said. 

It issued a second warning for a twister moving through St. Tammany Parish toward Bush. That warning, covering Sun, Varnado and Bogalusa, was to expire at 4 p.m.

Forecasters warned people near the tornado’s path to be aware of flying debris that might damage mobile homes, roofs, windows and vehicles. They said that tree damage also was likely.

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