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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

 

tornado tuesday.

"A powerful early-morning storm spawned at least one tornado that skipped across the New Orleans area Tuesday, destroying homes and a hotel in Westwego before crossing the Mississippi River and slamming the Carrollton and Gentilly areas." -The Times-Picayune, Tuesday, February 13, 2007


Damage is extensive on a house missing its entire fa├žade on Freret Street between Broadway and Carrollton Avenues. Other houses on the block lost roofs, while still others were entirely untouched. Incredibly, no one was injured.


Powerlines are down all along the path of Tuesday morning's tornado. The Uptown New Orleans area suffered power outages from approximately 3AM into the evening.


A house on the 7800 block of Freret Street suffers damage to its roof, including impact from an airconditioning unit, slung against it by the F2 tornado that hit the neighborhood.


Wreckage from the storm paints a grim image of uncanny resemblance to the wind damage sustained by the area only a year and a half before from Hurricane Katrina.


Local and state police, as well as national guard troops and military police, spared no time in setting up a command camp in the Riverbend neighborhood of New Orleans on Carrollton Avenue.


Law enforcement officers meet in a Carrollton Avenue shopping center parking lot between Hampson and Maple Street where they have set up a command center in response to Tuesday's tornado. Police cruisers and national guard humvees inundated the area and overflowed onto the neutral ground.


Many levels of government response arrive at the scene of Orleans Parish's greatest destruction. Luckily there was not much incident at all after the tornado left the area.


National Guard troops are seen once again on the streets of New Orleans, dubbed "martial law city" by some in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Soldiers are a familiar but still unnerving sight to many in the city.


Locals do their best to help victims of the storm, and those trying to help them. The Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana sent its "Hurricane Relief" vehicle to the scene; an ironic presence that it should appear now after New Orleans escaped the 2006 hurricane with no harm. Locals are more than cooperative and generous to everyone involved in the recovery from the storm.

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Comments:
this is nuts. there's so much great stuff compacted in that area. imagine if had cut across st. charles toward magazine . . .

excellent photographs. doesn't look real somehow . . .
 
yes... these are excellent. you are such a photojournalist, it's ridiculous. i particularly like the second one, and the one closer to the bottom of all the cops not knowing what the fuck to do.
 
the sky is so freaking blue. it was almost unfair that the day was so beautiful... insane.
 
these work really well in color. #2 & #4 are fantastic!
 
i had a dream about this last night! i was looking at your pictures but there was a big pile of them at my feet instead of on the computer. before i knew what was happening i was transported into the pictures, time as we know switched in reverse, and i relived the tornado.

strange.
 
I concur with Rachel, you are a photojournalist and WHAT a photojournalist you are! Such aestehtically pleasing yet informative images hath never once graced the pages of Newsweek. Eat thine heart out, Newsweek!
 
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