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Extensive damage has been reported as well as reports of tornadoes in Ascension, Assumption, Iberville, Livingston, St. James and St. John parishes. Officials are investigating to confirm whether one or more funnel clouds touched down.
On Tuesday night, Governor John Bel Edwards issued a proclamation declaring a state of emergency in seven parishes affected by the severe weather.
Parish officials confirmed that two people were killed and at least 30 people were injured after a reported tornado ripped through a Convent RV park in St. James Parish.
Interim Assumption Parish Sheriff Bruce Prejean reported heavy damage to businesses along Highway One near Highway 70. Leblanc Concrete, a hardware store and 15 to 20 homes were destroyed in Paincourtville, according to Assumption Parish OEP.
All of Assumption Parish is under an emergency boil order until further notice after the loss of a water tower. Some injuries were reported in Assumption Parish in Belle Rose and Convent. Officials do not have a total number of injured at this time.
Reports of two small tornadoes hit the White Castle area Iberville Parish at 11:30 a.m. and at 3:15 p.m. Officials with the Iberville OEP said that one home had major damage with the roof gone, and about 11 to 15 more homes had minor damage. Several power lines and poles were knocked down by the severe weather.
Livingston Parish EOC said no injuries were reported as a result of storms in the parish as of 3:15 p.m.
There are also multiple downed power lines in several areas. There have been power outages associated with these storms.
As of 9:30 p.m., Entergy reported more than 12,000 customer in the WAFB viewing area were without power and 9,188 of those were in St. John Parish. DEMCO had under 150 customers affected in Livingston and Ascension parishes with the majority in Livingston.