- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Latest on a storm that caused two houses to collapse in New Orleans on Thursday (all times local):

6:15 p.m.

The latest assessment of damage from a severe afternoon storm in New Orleans includes two collapsed houses and three other houses with structural damage.

City officials listed the houses in a Thursday evening update after the brief but intense storm hit. Trees and power lines were downed in the storm. Crews were working to restore power to thousands.

A city official told reporters on the scene of one collapse that the toppled buildings were slated for demolition.

Two minor injuries were reported and National Weather Service staffers were surveying the damage to determine whether it was caused by a tornado.

The damage appeared to have occurred largely in the city’s 7th Ward and Treme (treh-MEY’) areas - both of which have areas of blighted housing.

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5:30 p.m.

At least four houses partially or fully collapsed in New Orleans as heavy rains and powerful winds pummeled parts of south Louisiana.

The Thursday afternoon storm also toppled power lines and trees and was blamed for thousands of power outages. City officials said two minor injuries were reported.

The National Weather Service said a funnel cloud was reported in the area, but it was unclear if it touched down.

Aaron Miller, of the city’s homeland security office, told reporters at the scene of one collapse that at least two of the fallen buildings were abandoned and slated for demolition. The damage appeared to have occurred largely in the city’s 7th Ward and Treme (treh-MEY’) areas - both of which have areas of blighted housing.

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