The tornado season appears to be started early this year after a dozen tornadoes hit the southeast on February 7th, several of which formed in or around New Orleans, Louisiana; the tornado season typically begins in March. Extensive damage to homes and businesses, especially due east of New Orleans, has been reported as well as minor to moderate injuries. No severe injuries or deaths have been reported at this time.
First Strong Tornado in the Area Since 1950
The early tornado season kicked off in Tennessee, where an EF0 twister was spotted but made no destruction. Next, an EF2 tornado formed in Killian, Louisiana, northwest of New Orleans; it had one of the longest storm paths of all the tornadoes reported, coming in at around 23 miles and pushing east across I-55. In Elmwood, less than 10 miles west of the heart of New Orleans, another tornado formed. Luckily, it was only an EF0 category that disappeared after traveling one mile.
An EF3 – the first of this strength reported in the area since 1950 – hit on the easternmost side of New Orleans. This tore through 10 miles of the city and caused the most damage. The National Weather Service believes it struck with winds maintained at 150 miles per hour. Close to 650 homes suffered damage, many significantly, and another 40 businesses were affected.
After the EF3 spread havoc around the east, one or two – reports unconfirmed – smaller tornadoes damaged homes in Donaldsville. Watson was hit next by an EF3 that damaged a dozen or so homes, tearing the roof off some. Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, and Kentucky would all see minor tornadoes of their own later in the eventful day.
How to Handle Tornado Damage Claims
With tornado season striking a few weeks early this year, insurance companies might not be prepared for a sudden influx of property damage claims, all of which are derived from wind damage and in the greater New Orleans area. In order to try to mitigate how many recoveries they give out to clients, insurers may intentionally delay the handling of claims or, even worse, deny many without proper grounds. This is known as insurance bad faith, and can be challenged with the help of a legal professional.
At Scott, Vicknair, Hair and Checki, LLC, our New Orleans property damage attorneys are prepared to protect you, your rights as a homeowner, and your insurance investments if a tornado damages your home in Louisiana. Our outside-the-box approach to cases gives us an advantage in and out of court, and our compassion shown towards our clients lets them know they are in good hands. If you would like to speak to our team for help filing a tornado damage claim, contact us at any time.