Severe thunderstorms ripped through New Orleans Thursday afternoon (Aug. 4), leaving damage in their wake.
Firefighters rescued a man from a building that collapsed at North Claiborne and Ursuline avenues and transported him to the hospital, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune photographer Michael DeMocker reported. New Orleans EMS tweeted that a second person had been rescued, and that neither had life-threatening injuries.
Another building collapsed as well, also on Claiborne.
There were multiple reports of fires caused by lightning strikes and downed power lines, as well as downed trees.
And in perhaps the most bizarre incident, a trampoline was launched into the power lines on the 1200 block of North Villere St. in Tremé. In response, Entergy tweeted, “When time permits, please secure outdoor items before storms.”
A funnel cloud formed over the river and downtown New Orleans. A National Weather Service official said the service was sending a team to determine whether a tornado had hit the city.
The old McDonogh No. 35 campus in the 7th Ward was fine, although it lost power, Orleans Parish school system spokesman Donnell Jackson said. He said two nearby buildings had been heavily damaged, possibly including the second building on Claiborne Avenue.
Entergy’s outage map showed more than 22,000 people without power in the metro area.
North Claiborne Avenue has been blocked off to traffic, New Orleans Fire Department operator Louis Carrier said.