- Associated Press - Friday, February 10, 2017

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Latest on tornadoes in Louisiana (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

Gov. John Bel Edwards has asked President Donald Trump to quickly declare a federal disaster in five Louisiana parishes because of Tuesday’s tornadoes.

He’s asking for individual assistance in Orleans, Ascension, Livingston, and St. James parishes; for public assistance in those areas plus Jefferson Parish; and for statewide hazard mitigation assistance.

In a 23-page letter faxed Friday to the White House, Edwards says the tornadoes turned the lives of hundreds of families and individuals upside-down. He says several of the affected areas, including eastern New Orleans, have high poverty rates.

The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness says in a news release that individual assistance can provide up to $33,000 for people who don’t have any or enough insurance.

It says public assistance can provide money for emergency work and for repair or replacement of damaged facilities.


3:30 p.m.

The National Weather Service says it has confirmed that a sixth Louisiana tornado struck out of Tuesday’s storm system.

The system was also the first recorded as spawning two EF3 tornadoes in southeast Louisiana: one in New Orleans and the other in Watson. That category covers winds of 136 to 165 mph.

Meteorologists say a tornado at Killian was rated EF2 for 125 mph wind, but probably was stronger over marshes. Weather service meteorologist Phil Grigsby says radar showed very strong rotation, with debris lifted 18,000 feet, but meteorologists couldn’t reach the site for confirmation.

An EF0 tornado with 80-mph winds was confirmed in Jefferson Parish and an EF1 with 105-mph winds near Donaldsonville.

The sixth tornado confirmed was rated EF1. It hit north of Holden in Livingston Parish.

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